Harriet Bosse

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Harriet Sofie Bosse (February 19, 1878 - November 2, 1961) was a Norwegian-Swedish actress.

Harriet Bosse was born in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, of a German father, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Bosse, and a Danish mother, Anne Marie Lehman. The family later settled in Stockholm. Harriet's sister Dagmar Möller, née Bosse, had a successful career as a singer at the Royal Swedish Opera.

She studied at the Conservatory of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, learning unaccented Swedish under the actress Berta Tammelin. She worked at the Central Theatre of Christiania 1896-1898, studied in Copenhagen and Paris and made her debut at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, in 1899 as Loyse in Théodore de Banville's Gringoire and remained there until 1905. She was employed by Svenska Teatern, Stockholm, 1906-1911, and worked again 1911-1918 and from 1922 at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. She also performed on other stages in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Helsinki and in several motion pictures. She was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed actresses on the Swedish stage at the beginning of the century, but with higher age she found it difficult to get interesting parts, and in 1943 she retired from the theatre. She moved back to Oslo in 1955, died there in 1961 and was buried in the family grave at the cemetery Vår Frelsers kyrkogård.

She married the author August Strindberg in 1901, ending with a divorce in 1904. In 1908 she married the actor Gunnar Wingård (1878–1912), and from 1927 until 1932 she was married to the actor Edvin Adolphson (1893-1979). She had one daughter with Strindberg named Anne-Marie, born 1902 in Stockholm.

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