Aase Bye

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Aase Bye
Aase Bye 1932.jpg
Aase Bye in 1932.
Born Aase Synnøve Bye
(1904-06-04)4 June 1904
Died 10 July 1991(1991-07-10) (aged 87)
Spouse(s) Carl Christian Christensen
Jan Kurt Dedichen
Trygve Jacob Broch Hoff

Aase Synnøve Bye (4 June 1904 – 10 July 1991) was a Norwegian actress, known from stage, film and television.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Kristiania as a daughter of merchant Anders Bye (1874–1918) and Astrid Hansen (1879–1920). She was married three times. The first marriage, to physician Carl Christian Christensen, only lasted from August 1927 to 1929. In 1929 she married shipbroker Jan Kurt Dedichen. Dedichen was a son of chemist Georg Dedichen and grandson of Edvard Brandes, but died in September 1935. In 1948 she married editor-in-chief Trygve Jacob Broch Hoff. He died in January 1982.[1]

Debut and career[edit]

Bye made her stage debut at the National Theatre in 1923, and was hailed as a talent by Bjørn Bjørnson. Except for short interruptions because of illness or other engagements, she remained faithful to the theater for over 50 years. Her first role was Solveig in Ibsen's Peer Gynt,[1] which was such a successful debut that she had 200 kr in acknowledgment of the theater secretary JP Bull.[citation needed] The following year she portrayed Sonja in the first night of Reisen til Julestjernen (Journey to the Christmas Star). She also appeared in silent films, sound films and on television.[1]

Bye (right) with actor Jørn Ording (left) at the National Theatre in 1967

Awards and legacy[edit]

Bye was decorated as a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1974, and also held the HM The King's Medal of Merit in gold as well as foreign orders of knighthood.[1]

Aase Bye's Endowment[edit]

Aase Bye's testament returned everything she owned to "Aase Bye's endowment to support the artists deserved". Among the recipients are well-known actors such as Jan Grønli, Bjarte Hjelmeland and Henny Moan, and opera singer Ragnhild Heiland Sørensen.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Lyche, Lise. "Aase Bye". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 April 2009.