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(1905-09-18 - 1990-04-15 )
, Address in Stockholm: Blekingegatan 32
In the course of her career, Garbo starred in twenty-seven motion pictures and was nominated four times for Oscar's Best Actress for the films ‘Anna Christie’ (1930), ‘Romance’ (1930), ‘Camille’ (1937) and ‘Ninotchka’ (1939), but, oddly enough, she never won. However, in 1954 she received a special Academy Award for her memorable portrayals. Her most notable silent films include ‘The Torrent’ (1926) and ‘Love’ (1927). It was not until 1930 and ‘Anna Christie’ that the audience could first hear her low, heartbreaking voice. Garbo's subsequent talking films such as ‘Mata Hari’ (1932), ‘Grand Hotel’ (1932), ‘Queen Christina’ (1934) and ‘Anna Karenina’ (1935) elicited enthusiastic responses from fans, as well as from critics.
(1849-01-22 - 1912-12-14 )
, Address in Stockholm: Drottninggatan 85
In the Stockholm skerries.” - Strindberg’s answer to the question, “where would you most like to live?"
A native of Stockholm, Strindberg wrote novels and short stories in which he combined naturalism with psychology. Yet, he was principally a playwright with over 70 plays to his name, to whom giants like Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett looked to for inspiration. Strindberg's dramas from earlier plays such as the historically-based ‘Master Olof’ (1872), and others such as ‘Getting Married’ (1884) and ‘The Father’ (1887) to later works such as ‘Miss Julie’ (1888), ‘Easter’ (1901) and ‘A Dream Play’ (1901). These plays reveal the different stages in his evolution as an artist and human being. His other works include ‘The Inferno’ (1897), ‘Gustav Vasa’ (1899), ‘Gustaf Adolf’ (1900), ‘The Thunderstorm’, ‘After the Fire’, ‘The Spook Sonata’ and ‘The Pelican’ (all four from 1907). In 1886, Strindberg published his autobiography entitled ‘The Son of a Servant’.
(1915-08-29 - 1982-08-29 )
, Address in Stockholm: Strandvagan 1
Before arriving in America, the utterly beautiful and talented Ingrid Bergman was one of Sweden's biggest stars with roles in ‘Munkbroggreven’ (1935), ‘Swedenheilms’ (1935) and ‘Intermezzo’ (1936). Her first Hollywood film was a successful remake of the latter and she followed it with many other iconic productions of the 1940s including ‘Rage in Heaven’ (1941), ‘Casablanca’ (1942), ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ (1943), ‘The Bells of St Mary's’ (1945), Alfred Hitchcock's ‘Spellbound’ (1945) and ‘Notorious’ (1946), as well as ‘Joan of Arc’ (1948). Bergman received two Academy Awards for Best Actress for ‘Gaslight’ (1944) and ‘Anastasia’ (1956). Also, she took the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in the all-star cast film, ‘The Murder on the Orient Express’ (1974). Her very last film was ‘Autumn Sonata’ (1978).
(1907-11-14 - 2002-01-28 )
, Address in Stockholm: Dalagatan 26
One snowy March evening in 1944 I was taking a walk in central Stockholm. Under the newly fallen snow was a layer of slippery ice, and I fell, spraining my ankle. It was quite a while before I was up and about again, and to pass the time I started writing down the Pippi stories.
As a writer of children’s books, Lindgren was unparalleled. She is famous as the individual who truly ignited children's literature in Sweden and Scandinavia. Above all, it was the Pippi Longstocking trilogy, ‘Pippi Longstocking’ (1945), ‘Pippi Goes on Board’ (1946), ‘Pippi in the South Seas’ (1948), that established her renown. However, she also authored other lovely imaginative classics including ‘The Children on Troublemaker Street ‘(1958), ‘Emil in Lonneberga’ (1963), ‘The Brothers Lionhear’ (1973) and ‘Ronja Robber's Daughter’ (1981). Lindgren was a recipient of numerous awards including the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for ‘Pippi Longstocking’ (1973) and the Hans Christian Andersen Award (1958).
(1858-11-20 - 1940-03-16 )
, Address in Stockholm: Malmskillnadsgatan 48C
“And then I began to think of all the other times I had come up to Stockholm. It had usually been to do something difficult - to pass examinations or to find a publisher for my manuscript. And now I was coming to receive the Prize in Literature. That, too, I thought would be difficult.
Selma Lagerlöf's claim to fame rests on her two wonderful books, ‘Gosta Berling's Saga’ (1891) and a children's school geography, ‘The Wonderful Adventures of Nils’ (1906). The latter was adapted to screen in 1921 under the title of ‘The Phantom Carriage’ and it turned out to be an enormous hit. Her other novels, such as ‘Jerusalem’ (1901), ‘The Emperor of Portugallia’ (1914) and ‘The Outcast’ (1918), although praised, were slightly less successful. Nevertheless, Lagerlöf was honoured as the first woman to be appointed as a member of the Swedish Academy in 1895; plus, she was the first female author and the first Swede to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature (1909). Her writings have been translated into approximately forty languages and she is continually republished.
Björn Rune Borg
(1956-06-06 - )
Borg, a native of Stockholm, used to be a number one tennis player, and to this day, remains as a top champion in the history of this sport. He was raised in the town of Sodertalje, near the capital city, and became fascinated with his tennis racquet which had been a gift from his father earlier in his childhood. In 1972, the 15-year-old successfully represented his country in the Davis Cup. Just a year later, he won the Wimbledon junior singles. From 1974 to 1981, Borg was invincible in the Grand Slam singles finals (French Open and Wimbledon). He didn't have as much luck with the U.S. Open, as he lost four finals from 1976 to 1981 - twice to Jimmy Connors (1976 and 1978) and twice to McEnroe (1980 and 1981). Borg ended his bright, but strenuous, career at the age of 26, but not without breaking another record – USD 3.6 million in career prizes! He currently resides in Monaco.
(1833-10-21 - 1896-12-10 )
This Swedish inventor is renowned for two reasons: inventing dynamite and founding the prestigious prize which bears his name – the Nobel Prize. Born in Stockholm, Nobel’s family descended from the 17th Century scientist, Olaus Rudbeck. In 1842, Alfred settled with his parents in St Petersburg, where his father, also an inventor and engineer, started to experiment in 'torpedo' works. There he studied chemistry, and upon his return to Sweden, he studied the use of nitro-glycerine and developed a way of making explosives, which he assumed would be helpful not only in quarries, but other industries as well. In 1867, he patented this mixture as dynamite. Nobel also invented other explosives in the form of jelly. In his will, he left over GBP 2 million to establish five Nobel Prizes, which was to be awarded annually for eminence in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and the encouragement of Peace. Nobel is buried in the Stockholm's Norra begravningsplatsen
, which in English means ‘The Northern Cemetery’.
(1853-05-28 - 1919-01-22 )
Carl Larsson was a Swedish painter and interior designer who was born in Gamla stan, which is the old town in Stockholm, and raised by a poor family. At the age of thirteen, he was encouraged by his teacher and was enrolled at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. As a young adult, he worked for several years as an illustrator of books, newspapers and magazines, until he decided to move to Paris. In 1882, while staying at Grez-sur-Loing, an artists' enclave south of the capital city, Larsson met his future wife, Karin Bergöö. At this time, he also created much of his significant artwork which primarily incorporated watercolour technique. In the 1890s, the colour reproduction technology developed and Larsson's popularity increased, especially as the Swedish publisher, Bonnier, released books written and illustrated by the artist. ‘Das Haus in der Sonne’ (The House in the Sun), was a later collection of his drawings and writings which was published in 1909 by Karl Robert Langewiesche in Germany. However, his greatest achievement, according to Larsson himself, was the painting ‘Midvinterblot’ (Midwinter Sacrifice, 1915), and was intended for the National Museum in Stockholm, but, disappointingly, it was eventually rejected.