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|Spouse(s)||Carl Björkenheim (1953-1958)
Rocco Caporale (1985-2008) his death
Taina Elg (born 9 March 1931) is a Finnish-American actress and dancer. She has appeared on stage, television and in film.
Life and career
Eig was born in Helsinki, but later raised in Turku by her parents, Helena Dobroumova (of Russian descent) and Åke Elg, a pianist. In 1957 she won the Golden Globe for the Foreign Newcomer Award - Female. She won another Golden Globe in 1958 for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy for her performance in Les Girls, tying with her co-star Kay Kendall.
In 1958 she was nominated for a Golden Laurel as Top New Female Personality. In 1975 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez in Where's Charley?. She appeared in the original Broadway production of Nine as Guido Contini's mother. In 1989 she had the title role as Lea in Chéri, from a Colette novel as adapted by Anita Loos.
Her son by her first marriage to Carl Björkenheim, which ended in divorce in 1958, is Finnish-American jazz guitarist Raoul Björkenheim. In 1982 she remarried, to Rocco Caporale, an Italian-born educator and professor of sociology. They resided in New York City.
- The Prodigal (1955)
- Diane (1956)
- Gaby (1956)
- Les Girls (1957)
- Imitation General (1958)
- The 39 Steps (1959)
- Watusi (1959)
- The Bacchantes (1961)
- Hercules in New York (1970)
- Liebestraum (1991)
- The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
- Look to the Lilies
- Where's Charley?
- The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall
- A Little Night Music (in Australia)
- Chéri by Colette off-Broadway, New York 1989
- On Stage; New York Times; April 28, 1989
- Taina Elg fan site
- Taina Elg at the Internet Movie Database
- Taina Elg at Yahoo! Movies
- Soap Central character brief