(15 August 1915 – 7 June 2002) was a Swedish
actress, writer and composer.
Signe Eleonora Cecilia Larsson
was born in the Kungsholmen
parish of Stockholm, Sweden
in 1915. Signe Hasso debuted at the prestigious Royal Dramatic Theatre
in the year 1927 at the age of 12.
In 1933, she made her first film, Tystnadens hus
, with German film director
/cameraman Harry Hasso
whom she subsequently married. In 1940, she moved to the United States
, where she was signed to a contract by RKO Studios
, who promoted her as "the next Garbo
". She and Hasso divorced in 1941.
Her first role of note was as "Mademoiselle" in Heaven Can Wait
(1943). Her other roles during the 1940s included The Seventh Cross
(1944), Johnny Angel
(1945), The House on 92nd Street
(1945), A Scandal in Paris
(1946) and A Double Life
By the 1950s, her Hollywood career had stalled. In 1957, her son (and only child) was killed in a car accident. From then on, she divided her time between making films in Sweden and acting on stage in New York
until she returned to Hollywood in the mid 1960s.
In her later years, Hasso won acclaim for her work as a songwriter and writer, and for her work translating Swedish folk songs
into English. In 1977, she wrote her debut novel, Momo
, depicting her childhood in the interwar Stockholm.
She was also a songwriter. Her second album, Where the Sun Meets the Moon
, was released in 1979 and consisted of her own versions of... Read More