Lillebil Ibsen

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Lillebil Ibsen
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Lillebil Krohn 1916, by Gustav Borgen
Born Sofie Parelius Monrad Krohn
(1899-08-06)6 August 1899
Died 12 August 1989(1989-08-12) (aged 90)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1911–1969
Spouse(s) Tancred Ibsen (1919–1978)
Awards Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav

Lillebil Ibsen (née Sofie Parelius Monrad Krohn) (6 August 1899 – 12 August 1989) was a Norwegian dancer and actress.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Kristiania, as the daughter of engineer Georg Monrad Krohn and actress Gyda Martha Kristine Andersen (later Gyda Christensen). She married pilot and film director Tancred Ibsen on 25 August 1919.[1]


Lillebil Ibsen took ballet lessons at an early age with her mother, who was a professional choreographer and ballet instructor. She made her début as a dancer at Nationaltheatret in 1911, in the ballet pantomime Prinsessen på erten, an adaptation of the story "The Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Andersen. She then studied ballet with Hans Beck in Copenhagen, and later with Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine. She started performing in Berlin under supervision of Max Reinhardt when she was sixteen years old, and played leading roles in Reinhardt's pantomimes Die Schäferin, Lillebils Hochzeitsreise, Prima Ballerina, Sumurun and Die grüne Flöte.[1] She made her stage début as actress at Nationaltheatret in Kristiania in 1915, in the children's comedy Den uskikkelige lille prinsesse.[2] Her first film role was in Sången om den eldröda blomman from 1918. She made her début as a revue artist at Chat Noir in 1924.[1] She worked at Det Nye Teater from 1929 to 1956, where she played classical comedy roles as well as a series of Ibsen characters, such as "Nora", "Mrs Alving" and "Gina Ekdal". From 1956 to 1969 she performed at Nationaltheatret, where she played both dramatic and comic roles.[3] She also played for the television theatre Fjernsynsteatret.[1]

On film she does a stand-out performance in Arne Mattsson's cult mystery thriller Mannequin in Red (1958); where Ibsen plays a large key part in a notable supporting role as the fashion house mogul Thyra Lennberg.[4]

Ibsen issued the autobiography Det begynte med dansen.[2] She was decorated Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1969.[1] She died in Oslo in 1989.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Næss, Trine. "Lillebil Ibsen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Lillebil Ibsen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Rønneberg, Anton (1974). Nationaltheatret 1949-1974 (in Norwegian). Oslo: Gyldendal. pp. 101–102. ISBN 82-05-06254-4. 
  4. ^ The Bloody Pit of Horror: Mannekäng i rött (1958)

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