The Danish actress and theater director Malene Schwartz was born on 10 August 1936 in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. As a young woman she studied at Skt. Jørgens Gymnasium and planned to train as a social worker. After a school comedy in 2nd grade, she was approached by Arne Weel, who was theater director for Alléscenen . He encouraged Schwartz to apply to the theater school - a piece of advice she chose to follow - and as a 19-year-old she was admitted to the Privatteatrenes elevskole.
After graduating, she was associated with, among others, Alléscenen, Det Ny Teater, Det Kongelige Teater, as well as having participated in musicals and revues at Det Ny Scala, ABC Teatret, Cirkusrevyen and Tivolirevyen. She has been director of the Bristol Theater, Aveny Theater, theater director for landsdelsscenen i Aalborg and theater director for the Folketeatret. In addition, she is credited with having appeared in as many as 65 films and TV series, including KOMTESSEN, which is this week's Thursday film.
Malene Schwartz must be said to have been a great influence on the Danish theater and film scene and in 1992 her hard work was rewarded when she was appointed a Ridder af Dannebrog and in2000 appointed Ridder af 1. grad af Dannebrogsordenen.
Watch Malene Schwartz in this week's Thursday film KOMTESSEN at Kino Club today.