The actress Kjersti Holmen died the night before Sunday. She turned 65 years old.
The popular actor died at Økernhjemmet in Oslo, writes NRK, which first mentioned the case.
She has been ill for a long time, and fell asleep quietly until Sunday night.
Actor colleague Kim Haugen tells NTB that the family wants peace.
– It really is one of the great artists who is gone. It is sad for the family, but also for the National Theater as an institution and her colleagues, says former theater director Hanne Gløtvold Tømta to VG.
She was theater director for 12 of the years Kjersti Holmen was associated with the National Theater.
– She was a unique performing artist in Norwegian theater, film and not least revue and comedy. The fact that she passes away so soon is just terribly sad. I have first and foremost felt it an honor to be her boss, and am very humbled to have worked with this great talent.
Ellen Horn, who was theater director from 1992 to 2000, tells Dagbladet that she receives the message of death with great sadness.
– I knew Kjersti very well, and have followed her throughout her career. She is one of the greatest actors we have had, and she was a completely unique artist.
The popular actor had a long career in both theater, television and film. She made her debut in the play “Mannfolk” at Oslo Nye Teater in 1980. She also won a number of prestigious awards, including Per Aabel’s honorary award and Aase Bye’s scholarship.
– She’s unforgettable. Extraordinary. She was an actress with an incredible range. She should not only be remembered for her good roles, she had an incredible talent. She gave Ibsen new depth at the National Theater, says Jon Selås, longtime critic of VG.
He says that Holmen was naturally modest and did not want much attention.
– Her public life was the professionalism of what she did, and the ability to give a lot in everything.
Holmen became ill in the last ten years of his life, says Selås.
– Unfortunately, she did not get to do everything she was supposed to in life. But she was good at what she did, he says.
He thinks she is remembered as a popular actress, who was easy to grasp.
– Vulnerability and humanity, he concludes.
Long and award-winning career
Holmen has been on screen a lot and has had a long theater career, with both revues and shows. Among other things, she has collaborated with Hege Schøyen. They also made TV together at this time.
– The TV series she made with Hege Schøyen is the funniest thing I have seen on TV, says Selås.
The Royal Court appointed Holmen a first-class knight of the Order of St. Olav “for her efforts for Norwegian performing arts” in 2009. She received the Amanda Committee’s honorary award the same year.
She has been a fixture at the National Theater since 1981, was permanently employed in 1992 and has played over 20 major roles there.
Holmen leaves behind his cohabitant for many years, actor Sverre Anker Ousdal, as well as the two actor sons Elias Holmen Sørensen and Isak Holmen Sørensen from his previous marriage to the actor Reidar Sørensen, writes NTB.
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