Hiort af Ornäs was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 August 1921. She moved to Stockholm as a young girl, where she studied at Schartaus Business School.
She acted in her first Bergman role in The Hangman in 1939 at Mäster Olofsgården, Bergman’s second play. From this point on, Hiort af Ornäs was an active member of Bergman’s first ensemble, until the director moved to Helsingborg in 1944.
After graduating from school, she had her debut at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1943 in Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and remained involved with this theatre between 1945 and 1947. Over the following 25 years, Hiort af Ornäs worked at the New Theatre, the Vasa Theatre, the TV Theatre and the Stockholm City Theatre.
In 1970 she returned to the Royal Dramatic Theatre, where she was involved with a number of productions, including Strindberg’s Motherlove and Sylvia Plath’s Letters Home. In 1977, Hiort af Ornäs established Poesihörnan (The Poetry Corner), lunchtime poetry readings in… read more