Dutch actresses who were born in 1901

Here are 5 famous actresses from Netherlands were born in 1901:

Elly Van Stekelenburg

Elly Van Stekelenburg (June 28, 1901 Enschede-August 3, 1984 Breukelen) was a Dutch actor.

She was born in Enschede, a city in the eastern part of the Netherlands, in 1901. She began her acting career in the 1920s and appeared in numerous Dutch films throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Van Stekelenburg was known for her versatility as an actress and played a wide range of roles, from dramatic to comedic.

In addition to her film work, Van Stekelenburg also had a successful career as a stage actress. She performed in plays in theaters throughout the Netherlands and was a member of several theater companies.

Van Stekelenburg's career continued into the 1950s and 1960s, and she remained a popular and respected figure in Dutch theater and film. She passed away in Breukelen, a village in the province of Utrecht, in 1984, at the age of 83. Today, she is remembered as one of the most talented and versatile actresses in Dutch film history.

Van Stekelenburg was married to fellow actor Cor Ruys, with whom she often appeared on stage. She was also known for her work as a voice actress, lending her voice to various radio programs and dubbing foreign films into Dutch. In 1952, she was awarded the Dutch equivalent of a Knighthood, the Order of Orange Nassau, for her contributions to Dutch theater and film. Her legacy lives on through her numerous performances on stage and screen, as well as in the Elly van Stekelenburg Prize, which is awarded annually to young actors in the Netherlands.

Corry Vonk

Corry Vonk (April 28, 1901 Amsterdam-January 31, 1988 Rheden) also known as Corrie Vonk was a Dutch actor.

Throughout her career, Corry Vonk acted in various films, television series and theater productions in the Netherlands. Some of her notable film roles include "Max Havelaar" (1976), "Ik Jan Cremer" (1974), and "Als Twee Druppels Water" (1963). She also appeared in popular Dutch TV series such as "De Kleine Waarheid" (1970-1974) and "Kunt U Mij De Weg Naar Hamelen Vertellen, Meneer?" (1972-1976). In addition to her acting career, she was also a singer and dancer. Vonk passed away in 1988 at the age of 86.

Corry Vonk began her career as a stage performer in the 1920s and appeared in plays such as "De Knekels van My Lady" and "De Girl-Friend". In the 1930s, she started acting in Dutch films and gained recognition for her performances in "Drie Wenschen" (1937) and "Pygmalion" (1938). During World War II, Vonk was forced to go into hiding due to her involvement in the resistance movement against the Nazis. After the war, she resumed her acting career and appeared in films such as "Het Wonderlijke Leven van Willem Parel" (1955) and "Een Koninkrijk voor een Huis" (1957).

Aside from her acting and singing career, Corry Vonk was also known for her humanitarian work. She was a member of the board of the Dutch Red Cross and an advocate for animal rights. In 1981, she was awarded the Order of the Netherlands Lion for her contributions to Dutch culture.

Corry Vonk was married twice and had a son from her first marriage, actor and director Kees Brusse.

Lily Bouwmeester

Lily Bouwmeester (September 28, 1901 Amsterdam-July 12, 1993 Sliedrecht) a.k.a. Lily Geertruida Maria Henriƫtte Bouwmeester was a Dutch actor.

She began her acting career in 1916 at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the prominent actresses of her time in both stage and screen. Bouwmeester appeared in various plays and films throughout her career, earning critical acclaim for her performances.

One of her most notable performances was in the 1943 film "De Spooktrein" where she played the lead role of Henriette van Aalten. She also starred in the 1950 film "De Dijk is Dicht", which was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

Aside from acting, Bouwmeester was also a renowned director and producer. She founded her own theatre company in 1945, which soon became one of the most successful companies in the Netherlands. She also worked as a director at the Amsterdam Municipal Theatre and the National Theatre.

Bouwmeester's legacy in Dutch theatre and cinema has been celebrated with numerous awards and honors. In 1971, she was awarded the Order of the Netherlands Lion for her contributions to Dutch culture. In 1985, the Lily Bouwmeester Prize was established in her honor, which recognizes outstanding contributions to Dutch theater.

Throughout her career, Bouwmeester was known for her versatility and range as an actor, seamlessly transitioning between dramatic and comedic roles. She also had a passion for promoting young talent and nurturing new voices in the industry. Her dedication to the arts had a lasting impact on the Dutch theatre community, inspiring generations of actors and filmmakers.

Bouwmeester's personal life was often shrouded in mystery, and she was known for fiercely guarding her privacy. She was married twice, first to actor and director Johan Schmitz, and later to writer Theun de Vries. Bouwmeester passed away at the age of 91, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most iconic figures in Dutch theatre and cinema.

Sophie Willemse

Sophie Willemse (September 6, 1901 Amsterdam-April 7, 1968 Amsterdam) a.k.a. Sophia Alida Willemse was a Dutch actor.

She was known for her roles in popular Dutch films such as "Cruise in the Caribbean" and "Fanfare". Despite limited formal training in acting, Sophie was a natural performer and quickly rose to become one of the most well-known Dutch actors of her time. She was particularly popular for her ability to bring warmth and depth to her characters, endearing her to audiences across the country. In addition to her acting work, Sophie was also a talented singer, and recorded several successful albums throughout her career. She passed away in 1968, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most beloved actors of the Dutch film industry.

Sophie Willemse's acting career began in the mid-1920s when she was discovered by director Maurits Binger. She soon gained popularity and became one of the leading ladies of Dutch cinema in the 1930s and 1940s. Her filmography includes more than 60 films, and she worked with some of the most respected filmmakers of the era, including Joris Ivens and Bert Haanstra. Sophie's performance in the film "Cruise in the Caribbean" earned her critical acclaim, and the movie went on to become a classic of Dutch cinema. In addition to her work in film, Sophie also appeared in several theater productions in Amsterdam. Sophie's personal life was marked by tragedy - her husband, fellow actor Jan Lemaire Sr., passed away in 1943, and her two children also predeceased her. Despite these hardships, Sophie remained committed to her work and continued to act until her death in 1968.

Beppie Murray

Beppie Murray (July 13, 1901 Rotterdam-November 16, 1988 Netherlands) was a Dutch actor.

She began her acting career in the early 1920s, performing on stage in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. She later transitioned to film, appearing in over 50 movies throughout her career. Murray was known for her versatile acting skills and often portrayed strong, independent women on screen. In addition to her successful acting career, Murray was also a talented singer and performed in various musical productions. She was honored for her contributions to Dutch film and theatre with several awards, including the Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau in 1957.

Murray was born as Elisabeth Gerarda Johanna Maria Murray to a family of actors. Her parents, Theo Mann-Bouwmeester and Frits van Haarlem, were well-known figures in the Dutch theatre scene. Murray grew up in a theatrical environment and was drawn to the stage from an early age. She made her stage debut at the age of 19, in a production of "The Blue Bird" at the Rotterdam Schouwburg.

Murray's breakthrough role came in 1923, when she was cast in a production of "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Amsterdam Schouwburg. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Katherine, and her performance earned her nationwide attention. Murray went on to star in a series of successful theatrical productions, including "The Cherry Orchard," "The Seagull," and "Madame Bovary."

In the 1930s, Murray began to focus more on film. She made her on-screen debut in 1932, in the Dutch film "Het meisje met den blauwen hoed" ("The Girl with the Blue Hat"). Murray's film career took off in the following years, and she starred in a number of box office hits, including "Kuifje en het Geheim van het Gouden Vlies" ("Tintin and the Secret of the Golden Fleece") and "Oranje Hein" ("Hein the Orange").

Throughout her career, Murray was known for her dedication to her craft and her commitment to promoting Dutch theatre and film. She continued to act well into her seventies, and her final performance came in the 1980 production of "De Grote Wals" ("The Great Waltz"). Murray passed away in 1988, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most talented and respected actors in Dutch history.

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