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  • Lena Olin

    Born on March 22, 1955 in Stockholm, Sweden

awards & nominations

Alias (2001)

A young woman learns she has a familial history of undercover work and agrees to become an international spy for a supposed secret branch of the CIA. The secrecy complicates her social and love lives, but it's nothing compared to what happens when she finds out her employer has no ties to the CIA.

Emmy (Primetime) (2003) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Chocolat (2000)

Lena Olin as "Josephine Muscat"

When mysterious Vianne and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, no one could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on the community stubbornly rooted in tradition. Within days, she opens an unusual chocolate shop, across the square from the church. Her ability to perceive her customers' desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation -- just as Lent begins.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Enemies, a Love Story (1989)

Lena Olin as "Masha"

Herman Broder (Ron Silver), a Holocaust survivor living in New York City and struggling with depression after his ordeals in the war, makes his living ghostwriting for a rabbi. Herman is married to Yadwiga (Margaret Sophie Stein) but is also having an affair with Masha (Lena Olin), a married woman. Things grow even more chaotic when Herman's first wife, Tamara (Anjelica Huston), who he thought had died in the war, shows up in New York as well. Based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Academy Award (1989) Nominated Best Supporting Actress

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Lena Olin as "Sabina"

Successful surgeon Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza (Juliette Binoche), and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina (Lena Olin), but when the Soviet invasion occurs, all three flee to Switzerland. Sabina begins an affair, Tom continues womanizing, and Tereza, disgusted, returns to Czechoslovakia. Realizing his mistake, Tomas decides to chase after her.

Golden Globe (1988) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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