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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Gerd Andersson

Throwback Thursday and Gerd Andersson

Born in Stockholm, Sweden on June 11, 1932, Gerd Gunvor Andersson was and actress and a dancer. Her younger sister, Bibi, was also an actress and they both appeared in Bergman films. Gerd’s  first role for Bergman was in Summer Interlude. She played the role of a ballerina.

Gerd Andersson trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and entered the company in 1948. She rose through the ranks and became ballerina (principal) in 1958. In 1959 she appeared on television with Gene Kelly and though this association became better known to American audiences.

She created the leading woman’s role in Antony Tudor’s  Echoes of Trumpets in 1963. In 1966 she lived in New York for six weeks on a Swedish government fellowship.

If you are in New York City, the Library of Performing Arts there (near Lincoln Center) has an interview with Gerd Andersson that can be viewed onsite –  at this time it is not available online, unfortunately.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #132:  
“Gerd Andersson was a Swedish actress and dancer who appeared with Gene Kelly.”

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