Helle Virkner

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Helle Virkner
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Virkner with Krag and children in 1971
Helle Genie Lotinga [1]

(1925-09-15)15 September 1925
Died10 June 2009(2009-06-10) (aged 83)
Charlottenlund, Denmark
OccupationActress, author
Years active1944–2003
Spouse(s) William Rosenberg (1944–1949; divorced)
Ebbe Rode (1949–1958; divorced)
Jens Otto Krag (1959–1973; divorced)
Children2 (one deceased)

Helle Genie Virkner née Lotinga (15 September 1925 – 10 June 2009) was a Danish actress, author and spouse of Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag


Personal life

Helle Genie Lotinga was born in Aarhus to Jewish rentier Moritz “Morris” Lotinga [2] and Ellen Larsine (née Rasmussen) Her parents divorced when she was 5, at which point she moved with her mother from Ry to Copenhagen. Her paternal family escaped to Sweden in 1943. [3] Helle changed her last name from Lotinga to Virkner in 1944.

Helle Virkner was married three times. First to actor William Rosenberg (1920–2014), then to actor Ebbe Rode (1910–1998). Her third marriage was to Danish Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag (1914–1978), with whom she had two children. Her daughter Astrid Helene 'Søsser' Krag, a journalist and former model, died on 5 July 2014, 51 years old. Helle and Søsser lived together in Charlottenlund in the last years of Helle's life.


Virkner's career began in 1944, and two years later she appeared at the Royal Theatre. She eventually left her mark on the acting scene in a string of popular films and television series, including a significant role as Elisabeth Friis in the Danish TV series Matador. Her career ended in 2003.


She died at her home in the Copenhagen suburb of Charlottenlund, from cancer, aged 83. [1]


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  1. 1 2 Helle Virkner er død (Obituary in Danish). dr.dk (10 June 2009)
  2. "Moritz "Morris" Lotinga (1893-1946) - Find A". Find a Grave .
  3. "Helle Virkner - Skanderborg Leksikon".