13 January 1915
|Died||2 January 2006
(aged 91) |
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Years active||1935 – 1981|
|Spouse(s)||Allan Hersholt (1938–1945) (divorced)
Dr. Harvey R. Cummins (1947–1951) (his death)
Dr. Stanley Vogel (1953–?) (divorced)
Background and early career
Born Aase Madsen, she began her career as a newspaper photographer before becoming an actress. Massen notably appeared as Melvyn Douglas' unfaithful wife dealing with blackmailer Joan Crawford in A Woman's Face (1941).
She also appeared as a mysterious woman with something to hide in Deadline at Dawn. Later in her career she appeared in guest roles on many television programs. She also starred with Lloyd Bridges in the science fiction film Rocketship X-M (1950), the first space adventure of the post-WWII era. She made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958 she played Lisa Bannister in "The Case of the Desperate Daughter;" in 1959 she played Sarah Werner in "The Case of the Shattered Dream." Her last television role was in 1962 when she played Lisa Pedersen in "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark."
Massen died on 2 January 2006, following unspecified surgery in Hollywood, California. She had previously been living just outside Copenhagen, Denmark, until just before her final relocation (to California).
- IMDB The Master Race (1944)
- Osan, Massen. "Biography".
- Hans J. Wollstein (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: the history of Scandinavian actors in American films from 1910 to World War II. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-8108-2938-1. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
- Hans J. Wollstein (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: the history of Scandinavian actors in American films from 1910 to World War II. Scarecrow Press. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-8108-2938-1. Retrieved 30 July 2010.