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Lena Maria Jonna Olin (Swedish pronunciation: [leːna ʊˈliːn] ) born 22 March 1955 is a Swedish Actress best known for her roles in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) with Derek de Lint, Enemies, A Love Story (1989), with Elya Baskin, Chocolat (2000) directed by her husband Lasse Hallström, Queen of the Damned (2002), Casanova (2005), and The Reader (2008),
Lena Olin has been nominated for several acting awards, including a Golden Globe for The Unbearable Lightness of Being and an Academy Award for Enemies, A Love Story.
In October 1974, at age 19, Lena Olin was crowned Miss Scandinavia 1974 in Helsinki, Finland.
Lena Olin worked both as a substitute teacher and as a hospital nurse before becoming an actress. She performed for over a decade with Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre-ensemble (1980–1994) in classic plays by William Shakespeare and August Strindberg, and appeared in smaller roles of several Swedish films directed by Bergman and in productions of Swedish Television's TV-Theatre Company.