Anna Karina

Danish-French actress (1940–2019)

Anna Karina (born Hanne Karin Bayer,[1] 22 September 1940 – 14 December 2019) was a Danish-French actress, director, writer, and singer. She became famous in the French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard's muse in the 1960s,[2] performing in several of his movies, including 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).

Anna Karina
Karina in at the Cannes Film Festival (2018)
Hanne Karin Bayer

(1940-09-22)22 September 1940
Died14 December 2019(2019-12-14) (aged 79)
Cause of deathProblems caused by a muscle aneurysm
Occupation(s)Actress, film director, writer, singer
Years active1959–2019
(m. 1961; div. 1965)

Pierre Fabre
(m. 1968; div. 1974)

(m. 1978; div. 1981)

(m. 1982; div. 1994)

Karina was seen as an icon of 1960s cinema.[3][4] The New York Times has described her as "one of the screen’s great beauties and an enduring symbol of the French New Wave."[5]

Karina died of problems caused by a muscle aneurysm in Paris on 14 December 2019 at the age of 79.[6][7]


  1. Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 94.
  2. Cowie, Peter (2005) Revolution!: The Explosion of World Cinema in the Sixties Macmillan, p. 62 ISBN 0-571-21135-6
  3. "Looking For (But Never Really Finding) Anna Karina in New York on Notebook". MUBI. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. "Anna Karina - Interview With The Actress And Style Icon". Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. Kenny, Glenn (4 May 2016). "Anna Karina Recalls Her Life in Film With Jean-Luc Godard". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  6. "Anna Karina, Star of French New Wave Cinema, Is Dead at 79". The New York Times. 14 December 2019.
  7. "Anna Karina: son mari rétablit la vérité sur le décès de l'actrice et chanteuse". Le Figaro. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.

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