Osa Massen

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Osa Massen
Osa Massen - 1944.jpg
Aase Madsen Iversen

(1914-01-13)13 January 1914
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 2 January 2006(2006-01-02) (aged 91)
Occupation Actress
Years active 19351981
Spouse(s) Allan Hersholt (1938–1945) (divorced)
Dr. Harvey R. Cummins (1947–1951) (his death)
Dr. Stanley Vogel (1953–?) (divorced)

Osa Massen (13 January 1914[2] – 2 January 2006) was a Danish actress who went on to become a successful movie actress in Hollywood. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941.[3]

Background and early career

Born Aase Madsen Iversen in 1914, she began her career as a newspaper photographer, before becoming an actress. She first came to the United States in 1937.[4] Massen notably appeared as Melvyn Douglas' unfaithful wife dealing with blackmailer Joan Crawford in A Woman's Face (1941).

Massen's first film was Kidnapped (1935).[5] She also appeared as a mysterious woman with something to hide in Deadline at Dawn. Later in her career, she appeared in guest roles on many television programs. She also starred with Lloyd Bridges in the science fiction film Rocketship X-M (1950), the first space adventure of the post-World War II era. She made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958, she played Lisa Bannister in "The Case of the Desperate Daughter", and in 1959, she played Sarah Werner in "The Case of the Shattered Dream". Her last television role was in 1962 when she played Lisa Pedersen in "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark".

Personal life

She was married three times, including once to Allan Hersholt, the son of Jean Hersholt, on 15 December 1938.[2]:229


Massen died on 2 January 2006, 11 days before her 92nd birthday, following unspecified surgery in Hollywood, California.[citation needed][note 1][6] She had previously been living just outside Copenhagen until just before her final relocation (to California).[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1935 Kidnapped Grethe
1935 Bag Københavns kulisser Eva Lindemann
1939 Honeymoon in Bali Noel Van Ness
1941 Honeymoon for Three Julie Wilson
1941 A Woman's Face Vera Segert
1941 Accent on Love Osa
1941 You'll Never Get Rich Sonya
1941 The Devil Pays Off Valeria DeBrock
1942 Iceland Helga Jonsdottir
1943 Background to Danger Ana Remzi
1943 Jack London Freda Maloof
1943 Undercover Sailor's Girlfriend Uncredited
1944 The Black Parachute Marya Orloff
1944 Cry of the Werewolf Elsa Chauvet
1944 The Master Race Helena
1946 Tokyo Rose Greta Norburg
1946 Deadline at Dawn Helen Robinson
1946 The Gentleman Misbehaves Chincilla
1946 Strange Journey Christine Jenner
1948 Million Dollar Weekend Cynthia Strong
1949 Night Unto Night Lisa
1950 Rocketship X-M Dr. Lisa Van Horn
1955 Wiegenlied Ernestine Schumann-Heink
1958 Outcasts of the City Leda Mueller


  1. ^ The book Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2006: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture says Massen "... died of complications from surgery in a Santa Monica, California, convalescent home ...".


  1. ^ IMDB The Master Race (1944)
  2. ^ a b Hans J. Wollstein (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: the history of Scandinavian actors in American films from 1910 to World War II. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-8108-2938-1. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  3. ^ Copy of Petition for Naturalization #90276, filed in Los Angeles, California under the name Aase Madsen Iversen Hersholt, ancestry.com; accessed 30 September 2015.
  4. ^ She was recorded as Aase Madsen-Iversen, Danish actress, aged 23, on the manifest of the S/S Normandie, which sailed from Southampton, England, on 18 December 1937, and arrived at the Port of New York on 23 December 1937.
  5. ^ "Osa Massen, 91; 1940s Danish-Born Actress Famous as Femme Fatale". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  6. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2007). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2006: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 230–231. ISBN 9780786452118. Retrieved 13 September 2017.

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