Edith Carlmar (b. 1911 – d. 2003) started out at as dancer and an actress at the age of 15, and went on to become the first female director in Norwegian cinema – and one of Norwegian film history’s most successful directors at that.
Born Edith Mathiesen to a single mother in Oslo, Edith grew up in poor conditions in a working class district on Oslo’s east end, and at times even in foster-care, because her mother could not afford to have her daughter living at home. Despite this Edith managed to train as a dancer, and age fifteen she made her on-stage debut at the Kongshavn Bath variety stage. Four years later, in 1930, she also married the theater-, film- and business man Otto Carlmar. In 1936 she switched careers, from dancing to acting, and made her debut at Det Nye Teater in Oslo in 1936. While at the theater she became acquainted with Lillebil Ibsen, wife of noted film director Tancred Ibsen, who invited Carlmar to work as a script supervisor on his next film. This was to… read more