10 December 1914|
|Died||5 January 2002
|Years active||1941 - 1996|
Born as Astrid Smahl in Frederiksberg, Denmark, she began her career as an actress. After becoming a director she directed over 20 films. Her films often dealt with women's and children's issues. Her debut film, Palle Alene I Verden (1949) won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival. She won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival for her film Winterborn, and she was a member of the jury at the 31st Berlin International Film Festival.
She died in Copenhagen from natural causes at age 87.
She was married to Bjarne Henning-Jensen from October 6, 1938 until his death on February 21, 1995.
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