Ragnhild Michelsen

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Ragnhild Michelsen Steen
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Ragnhild Michelsen

(1911-06-23)23 June 1911
Narvik, Norway
Died30 August 2000(2000-08-30) (aged 89)
(m. 1971)

Ragnhild Michelsen Steen (23 June 1911 – 30 September 2000) was a Norwegian actress.


Ragnhild Michelsen was born in Narvik on 22 June 1911, the daughter of Carl F. Michelsen and Clara Kokmann.[1] Her first stage experience came while attending school in Oslo; Nissen and Hegdehaugen.[2] She made her stage debut at Søilen Teater, subsequently working at the Carl Johan Theater from 1935 to 1940 and Den Nationale Scene from 1940 to 1947. Some of her major roles were in Twelfth Night, Mary Stuart and Brand. She later worked at Folketeateret from 1952 and lastly Fjernsynsteatret from 1961 to 1981.[3]

In 1958, she made her film debut with Arild Brinchmann's film, Ut av mørket. She was described as an "almost compulsory" participant in Norwegian films for "a number of years".[3]

In November 1963, a political satire written by Arild Feldborg as "a pendant" to Vaughn Meader's The First Family, was published as a spoken word album. Performed by Ragnhild Michelsen and Rolf Just Nilsen, the album "Dagligliv i Folkehjemmet" sold as well as to immediately reach top 10 at the Norwegian chart VG-lista. In December the same year, the follow-up album "Jul i Folkehjemmet" was released, joining "Dagligliv i Folkehjemmet" on top 10.[4][5] Michelsen retired in 1981, but still featured in select films until 1990.[2][3]



  1. ^ Who's Who in Scandinavia. Vol. 2. 1981. p. 704.
  2. ^ a b Rastad, Unni (20 June 1981). "Yrke: Skuespiller". Arbeiderbladet (in Norwegian). p. 17.
  3. ^ a b c Hurum, Maud (4 October 2000). "Ragnhild Michelsen". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).
  4. ^ "Politisk satire platesuksess - inn på 5. plass idag". VG (in Norwegian). 20 November 1963. p. 14.
  5. ^ ""Jul i Folkehjemmet"". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian). 1 February 1964. p. 21.

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