Anna Karina Biography
Anna Karina (Hanne Karin Bayer) is a Danish-French film actress, director, writer, and singer born on 22nd September 1940 in Solbjerg, Denmark. She rose to fame as French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s muse in the 1960s. She performed in several of his films like The Little Soldier (1960), a Woman Is a Woman (1961), Vivre sa vie (1962), Band of Outsiders (1964), and Pierrot le Fou and Alphaville (both 1965).
Karina set up a production company in 1972, for her directorial debut Vivre ensemble (1973). She has also worked as singer, and has written several novels in French. She is widely considered an icon of 1960s cinema.
Anna Karina Age & Height
Karina is currently 77 years old having been born on 22nd September 1940. She has a height of 1.70 m.
Anna Karina Family
The actress was born Hanne Karin Bayer in Solbjerg, Denmark. Her mother owned a dress shop and her father left the family a year after she was born. Karina lived with her maternal grandparents for three years, till she was four after which she spent the next four years in foster care before returning to live with her mother.
Anna Karina Acting Career
The young Karina began her career in Denmark, singing cabarets and working as a model playing in commercials. When she was 14, she appeared in a Danish short film by Ib Schmedes. She hitchhiked to Paris in 1958, after a row with her mother. When she got to Paris, at the age of 17, she lived on the streets and was approached by a woman from an advertisement agency who asked her to do some photos. She then began modeling and eventually became successful, posing for several magazines, and meeting Pierre Cardin and Coco Chanel. Karina has said that Chanel helped her devise her professional name, Anna Karina.
Jean-Luc Godard, then a film critic for Cahiers du cinéma, first saw Karina in a series of Palmolive ads. He was casting his debut feature film, Breathless, and offered her a small part in it, but she refused when he mentioned that there would be a nude scene. The next year, however, Godard offered her a role in Le Petit Soldat (1960). Karina, then still under 21, had to persuade her estranged mother to sign the contract for her.
Her career flourished as she appeared in dozens of films through the 1960s and she continued to steadily work into the 1970s. In 1987, she wrote and acted in Last Song and has since appeared in Haut, Bas, Fragile (1995), directed by Jacques Rivette, and sung in The Truth About Charlie (2002), a remake of the 1963 film Charade.
In 2008, Karina wrote, directed and starred in Victoria, a musical road movie filmed in Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. Richard Kuipers praised it in Variety as “a pleasant gambol through the backwoods of Quebec.”
Anna Karina Singing Career
In her musical career, she has several hit songs. She scored a major hit with “Sous le soleil exactement” and “Roller Girl” by Serge Gainsbourg, at the end of the 1960s. Both songs are from the TV musical comedy Anna (1967), by the film director Pierre Koralnik, in which she sings seven songs alongside Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Brialy.
Karina subsequently recorded an album, Une histoire d’amour, with Philippe Katerine, which was followed by a concert tour. In 2005, she released Chansons de films, a collection of songs sung in movies.
Anna Karina Writing Career
She has written four novels: Vivre ensemble (1973), Golden City (1983), On n’achète pas le soleil (1988), and Jusqu’au bout du hasard (1998).
Anna Karina Films
- The Little Soldier
- A Woman Is a Woman
- Tonight or Never
- Cléo from 5 to 7 (episode “Les fiancés du pont Macdonald”)
- Sun in Your Eyes
- She’ll Have to Go
- My Life to Live
- Three Fables of Love (episode “Le corbeau et le renard”)
- Sweet and Sour
- Un mari à un prix fixe
- Circle of Love
- Band of Outsiders
- All About Loving
- The Thief of Tibidabo
- The Camp Followers
- Pierrot le fou
- The Nun
- Made in U.S.A.
- The Oldest Profession (episode “Anticipation”)
- The Stranger
- Zärtliche Haie
- The Magus
- Before Winter Comes
- Man on Horseback
- Laughter in the Dark
- The Time to Die
- The Time to Die
- The Wedding Ring
- Rendezvous at Bray
- The Salzburg Connection
- Vivre ensemble
- Morel’s Invention
- Bread and Chocolate
- Scrambled Eggs
- The Musician Killer
- Chinese Roulette
- Surprise Sock
- Just like Home
- The Story of a Mother
- Charlotte, Tell Your Mother that I Love Her
- Vincent’s Friend
- Ave Maria
- Treasure Island
- Last Song
- Last Summer in Tangiers
- Cayenne Palace
- The Abyss
- The Man Who Wanted to Be Guilty
- Up, Down, Fragile
- The Truth About Charlie
- I, Cesar
Anna Karina Spouse/ Anna Karima Husband
The actress got married to Godard in 1961, after working together on Le Petit Soldat. During their marriage, they made seven feature films together. A writer for Filmmaker magazine called their work “arguably the most influential body of work in the history of cinema.” The couple however divorced in 1965.
She has since remarried several times: to French actors Pierre Fabre from 1968 to 1974 and Daniel Duval from 1978 to 1981, and to American film director Dennis Berry from 1982 to 1994. She is currently married to Maurice Cooks since 2009.
Vivre Ensemble Anna Karina
Vivre ensemble is a 1973 French drama film written, directed by and starring Anna Karina. It was Karina’s directorial debut.
Anna Karina Roller Girl
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