Valda Valkyrien

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Valda Valkyrien
Valda Valkyrien 1916.jpg
Valda Valkyrien, c.1916
Born Adele Eleonore Freed
(1895-09-30)September 30, 1895
Reykjavík, Iceland
Died October 22, 1956(1956-10-22) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Ballerina
Years active 1912–1919
Spouse(s) Baron Hrolf Von DeWitz (1912 - 19??)
Robert Stuart Otto (19?? - 19??)
Valda Valkyrien (1916)

Valda Valkyrien (September 30, 1895 – October 22, 1956) was a Danish prima ballerina and a silent film actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Adele Eleonore Freed in Reykjavík, Iceland, under the stage name Valda Valkyrien she was prima ballerina of the Royal Danish Ballet. She married Danish nobleman and author, Baron Hrolf von Dewitz and in 1912 began appearing in motion pictures for Nordisk Film productions of Copenhagen. For them, she performed in at least six silent films including one feature-length production. Of these, the film Den Stærkeste (Vanquished) was an American/Danish production released in the United States by the Great Northern Film Company, the Nordisk Film subsidiary in New York City. This led to Valkyrien going to the U.S. where she was signed by the Bayonne, New Jersey, studio owner David Horsley. In 1914, she made her American film debut in the "Baroness Film Series" for Horsley's Centaur Film Company.

Valda Valkyrien playing a young girl, probably in the 1916 Thanhouser production "Silas Marner." If so, the older actor is Frederick Warde.

Hollywood career[edit]

With World War I raging in Europe, in 1915 a New York City publisher released her husband's book titled War's New Weapons which received considerable publicity. That same year, Thanhouser Studios capitalized on her husband's success and her aristocratic title, billing her as Baroness von Dewitz in a film about Norse mythology titled The Valkyrie. The resulting success brought Valda Valkyrien an offer from the Fox Film Corporation and in 1916 she signed on to make feature-length productions. However, the contractual relationship soured after one film and she left Fox to work in feature-length films back at Thanhouser as well as for Lewis J. Selznick's studio.

Valkyrien's last film is probably her most remembered, although she had only a secondary role. Bolshevism on Trial was an anti-Marxist melodrama about a wealthy father who purchases an island off the coast of Florida and establishes a commune for his son in order to prove to the idealistic young man that communism can't work.

Later life[edit]

Before they divorced in 1919, Valkyrien's marriage to Hrolf von Dewitz had produced a son, Arden von Dewitz (1915–2004), who went on to become a successful painter in southern California. She married a second time to the New York industrialist Robert Stuart Otto with whom she had another child, Jean Otto.

Valda Valkyrien moved to the West Coast where she lived until her death in Los Angeles in 1956 after a lengthy illness. She was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Filmography[edit]

Diana (1916)
  • De Uheldige friere (1912)
  • En Moders kaerlighed (1912)
  • Frederik Buch som skopudser (1912)
  • En Staerkere magt (1912)
  • Dodsspring til hest fra Cirkuskuplen (1912)
  • Dennyeskopudser (1912)
  • Den Stærkeste (Vanquished) (1912)
  • Baroness Film Series (1914)
  • Youth (1915)
  • The Valkyrie (1915)
  • Diana (1916)
  • The Hidden Valley (1916)
  • The Cruise of Faith (1916)
  • The Unwelcome Mother (1916)
  • Magda (1917)
  • The Crusher (1917)
  • The Image Maker (1917)
  • Huns Within Our Gates (1918)
  • T'Other Dear Charmer (1918)
  • Bolshevism on Trial (1919)

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