Anna Karina Biography

Updated On Jun 21, 2019 Published On Jun 21, 2019
Facts of Anna Karina
Date of Birth: 1940 , September-22
Birth Nation: Denmark
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Anna Karin
Birth Name Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer
Nationality Danish
Birth Place/City Copenhagen
Profession Actor, Singer, Director
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Maurice Cooks
Movies Le Petit Soldat
Albums Sous le soleil exactement
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Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer, also known as Anna Karina, is a Danish-French director, singer, actress, and writer. She was widely renowned as the French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard’s wife. She has also worked in various of his movies like A Woman IS A Woman (1961) and Vivre sa vie (1962).

In addition, she is also the winner of Silver Bear Award for Best actress for the film A Woman Is A Woman at Berlin Film Festival.

Early Life and Education

The Danish actress was born on September 22, 1940, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father was a captain of a ship while the mother owned an apparel shop.

Anna’s father left the family after a year of her birth, and she lived with her grandmother until she was four.

Anna CAPTION: Anna Karina SOURCE: Cloackanddaggernyc

For the next four years, she lived in foster care and returned to her mother’s place. Due to the lack of familial love, she describes her childhood as "terribly wanting to be loved."

Anna belongs to Danish nationality and her birth sign is Virgo.

As for education, she did not have any academic qualifications as it was required to be 21 years old to study acting.

Acting Career

At the age of 14, Karina played in a Danish short film by Ib Schmedes which got her a prize at Cannes Film Festival.

When she was 17, she arrived in Paris with the money given by her grandfather. An advertisement agency approached her to invite her to work as a model.

Likewise, she worked as a model and appeared in many magazines. During the time, she took a stage name, Anna Karina.

Jean-Luc Godard, a director, saw her work in an advertisement and approached her to work for him in the movie Le Petit Soldat in 1960. 

Following her debut, Karina played in various films such as The Stranger (1967), The Wedding Ring (1971), Rendezvous at Bray (1971), The Salzburg Connection (1972) and Bread and Chocolate (1973).

In 1972, she opened her production company Raska and made a debut as a director for Vivre ensemble (1973). Likewise, she directed, wrote and starred in the movie Victoria in 2008.

Music Career

The Danish actress has her hands in music as well. She has given major hits like Sous le soleil exactement and Roller Girl. The two songs originally featured in Anna (1967), a musical comedy where she sang alongside Jean-Claude Brialy and Gainsbourg.

In addition, Karina released an album with Philippe Katerine, Une histoire d’amour and went on a musical tour. Likewise, she released a collection of songs from the album titled Chansons de films.

Writing Career

Talking of her writing career, Anna released four novels including, Vivre ensemble (1973), Golden City (1983), On n’achete pas le soleil (1988) and lastly, Jusqu’au bout du hasard (1998).

Net Worth

By working in over 50 films, Karina has accumulated a decent net worth of $1.2 million as of 2019. The main source of her earning is from movies, both as an actor and director.

In addition, she released several hit singles and albums which is also a source of her income. She also published four novels which must have good sales in the market and earned her decent pay.

Personal Life: Relationship

The Danish actress married the director Godard after the release of Le Petit Soldat in 1961. The couple worked together for seven films and an article in Filmmaker magazine described them as, “arguably the most influential body of work in the history of cinema”.

Anna CAPTION: Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard SOURCE: Vogue

The relationship did not last long and fell apart in 1965.

After the divorce with Godard, she got into a few more relationships. She married Pierre Fabre, a French actor (m.1968-d.1974), Daniel Duval, a French actor, director and writer (m.1978-d.1981) and Dennis Berry, an American director (m.1982-d.1992).

In 2009, Karina married Maurice Cooks, an English professional footballer.

Age, Height, and Statistics

Age: As of June 2019, Anna is of 78-year-old.

Height: Her height is 5 feet 8 inches or 1.7 meters, similar to that of Abbie Cornish.

Eye Color: The Danish actress has mesmerizing blue eyes.

Hair Color: Likewise, she has brown hair.

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Born in Copenhagen, Denmark

September 22 , 1940

Anna Karina was born on Sep 22, 1940. She belongs to Danish nationality and her birth sign is Virgo.

Made Film Debut

1954

The Danish actress made a professional debut through Ib Schmedes's short Danish movie, at the age of 14. The film won a prize in the Cannes Film Festival.

Married to Jean-Luc Godard

1961

Anna married the director Jean-Luc Godard in 1961, after the release of the movie Le Petit Soldat. The relationship did not last long until they divorced in 1965.

Published First Book

1973

Anna published her first book, Vivre ensemble in 1973 and later, directed the film based on the movie

Married to Maurice Cooks

2009

After the divorce with Jean-Luc Godard, the Danish actress remarried four times and her recent husband is Maurice Cooks. She married Maurice in 2009.