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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Valda Valkyrien

Throwback Thursday and Valda Valkyrien

Adele Eleonore Freed was born in Iceland on September 30, 1895. She became a prima ballerina with the Royal Danish Ballet under the name Valda Valkyrien. In addition to being a ballet dancer, she was also an actress who performed in silent movies.

She began her movie career playing small parts for the Great Northern Company in Copenhagen. But in 1912 she signed with U.S. producer David Horsley, but soon joined the Thanhouser Company who filmed many works in Jacksonville, Florida.
She was promised star billing if she moved to the William Fox Company but he failed to deliver and she ended up suing him. Thus, her movie career was short-lived.

She appeared briefly with the Ziegfeld Follies but soon she retired permanently. She died after a long illness on October 22, 1956 in Los Angeles.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #235:
“Valda Valkyrien was a ballerina and silent film actress.”

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