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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Jenny Hasselquist

Throwback Thursday and Jenny Hasselquist

Born on July 31, 1894 in Stockholm, Sweden, Jenny Matilda Elisabet Hasselquist was a dancer and actress in silent movies. She received her training from the Swedish Opera’s ballet school. She went on to perform with the Royal Ballet and in 1913 Michel Fokine noticed her and she then began performing soloist roles in ballets like La Sylphide. In 1915 she became a prima ballerina. The Link of the Day below shows her performing The White Rose, a solo strikingly similar to The Dying Swan made famous by Pavlova.

She made her movie debut in the 1916 film Balettprimadonnan.  She also acted in the movies  Sumurun (1920), Johan (1921), The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924) with Greta Garbo, and The Hell Ship (1923). Unfortunately, like so many other actors of the silent film era, the advent of “talking pictures” marked the end of her career in film.

In the 1930s she had her own school in Stockholm and she also taught for the Stockholm Opera’s ballet academy.

She died on June 8, 1978.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #308:
“Jenny Hasselquist was a ballerina and film actress.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:

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