Bodil Rosing

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Bodil Rosing
Bodil Rosing (left) and Irene Ware (right) in King Kelly of the U.S.A., 1934
Born Bodil Hammerich
(1877-12-27)December 27, 1877
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died December 31, 1941(1941-12-31) (aged 64)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1925–1941
Spouse(s) Eiliv Janson (1898–1919; divorced)
Children 4

Bodil Rosing (born Bodil Hammerich; December 27, 1877 – December 31, 1941) was a Danish-American film actress in the silent and sound eras.

Early years[edit]

The daughter of a music dean and his wife, a well-known pianist, Bodil Hammerich studied acting at the Royal Danish Theatre in the 1890s.


Rosing worked as a stage actress in Denmark, starring for three years with the Royal Danish Theatre.[1] During the early 1920s, she made one or two stage appearances on Broadway, including Fools Errant (1922),[2] while raising her children alone.[3][4] She was retired from acting when she came to Hollywood in 1924, where her daughter married actor Monte Blue. There, she was suddenly chosen to play a film role, in Pretty Ladies (1925).

Rosing was under studio contract at MGM and often played matronly roles such as servants, housekeepers, cooks, or mothers. Her most notable role was perhaps Janet Gaynor's "Old Maid" in F.W. Murnau's silent film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927). With the advent of sound film, she mostly portrayed foreigners and proved herself an extremely versatile actress in a variety of ethnicities, in about 85 films until her death. She appeared as the wife of her Danish compatriot, Jean Hersholt, in The Painted Veil with Greta Garbo, and also played the German neighbor of Lionel Barrymore in You Can't Take It With You by Frank Capra.

Personal life[edit]

Rosing married a Norwegian doctor, Einer Jansen, in 1898; the couple had four children. They divorced in 1919.


Rosing died of a heart attack, aged 64. Shortly before her death, Rosing stated about her acting: "My goal has always been to reach the heart of my audience."[5]

Partial filmography[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bodil Rosing Will Entertain Young Son". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. June 30, 1926. p. 25. Retrieved May 14, 2018 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Bodil Rosing". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  3. ^ Bodil Rosing short biography,; accessed July 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Bodil Rosing biography;; accessed July 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Bodil Rosing short biography,; accessed July 28, 2015.

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