Astrid Villaume

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Astrid Villaume
Born (1923-11-03)3 November 1923
Aalestrup, Denmark
Died 12 February 1995(1995-02-12) (aged 71)
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Years active 1940–1990
Spouse(s) Carl Magnus von Staffeldt (1947-1959)

Astrid Villaume (3 November 1923 – 12 February 1995) was a Danish actress of stage and film best known for her Bodil Award-winning title role in the 1950 film Susanne. Danish film historian Morten Piil described Villaume's appeal as a combination of "warm mother figure, romantic heroine and innocent erotic dream girl."[1]

Early life[edit]

Astrid Villaume, the daughter of a pharmacist, was born 3 November 1923 in Aalestrup near Viborg, Denmark. While in her late teens, Villaume performed as an acrobat in Danish revues. She attended the drama school at the Odense Theater from 1939 to 1941, and made her debut on stage there in the play Under Krigen (English:In The War). She enjoyed success as a stage actress during the next six years, however she applied to return to the drama school at the Det Kongelige Teater (Royal Danish Theatre) in 1947. After an audition, she was accepted and attended classes another two years. When asked why she would want to attend drama school twice, Villaume said simply, "Because I thought I needed it."[2]


She debuted at the Royal Danish Theatre in the role of Stine Isenkræmmer in Barselsstuen and from July 1949 Villaume was permanently employed there. Over the years she performed a variety of roles including Mary Tyrone in Long Days Journey into Night, the title role in Anna Sophie Hedvig, Magdalone in Mascarade, and Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman. Villaume also enjoyed great popularity as a film actress. For her first leading role, as the beautiful baker's daughter in the 1950 film Susanne, Villaume was awarded the Bodil for Best Actress. Villaume went on to perform in 39 films as well as television and radio; one of her films, Qivitoq, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. She also provided the voices for the Danish language versions of Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Personal life[edit]

Villaume married the businessman Carl Magnus von Staffeldt on 11 February 1947.[3] Her husband died in 1959 while she was pregnant with their third child. Astrid Villaume died on 12 February 1995 at the age of 71. She was buried in the Frederiksberg Churchyard in Copenhagen.[4]



  • Bodil Award (1951)
  • Ole Haslunds legat
  • Poul Reumerts legat
  • Henkel-prisen (1972)
  • Tagea Brandts rejselegat
  • Olaf Poulsens Mindelegat
  • Johanne Louise Heibergs Legat


  1. ^ Piil, Morten (2006). Danske Filmskuespillere 525 Potrætter (in Danish). Gyldendal. pp. 515–6. ISBN 9788702021042. 
  2. ^ "Astrid Villaume". The Danish Film Database. 
  3. ^ Kvam, Kela (2003). "Astrid Villaume (1923 - 1995)". Dansk kvindebiografisk leksikon (in Danish). KVINFO. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Astrid Villaume". Kendtes gravsted. 2003. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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