Anna Kirstine Bloch (née Lindemann; 2 February 1868, in Horsens – 25 November 1953, in Copenhagen) was a Danes, Danish actress.

Early life

Anna Lindemann's mother Bodil Margrethe Gylding (1838–1875) died when she was seven years old. Her father Johan Sørensen Lindemann (1825–1909) was a doctor in Horsens. She was taught privately, and consistently showed an enthusiasm for the theatre. Her father regarded acting as an unsuitable profession but eventually allowed her to join the Royal Danish Theatre after talking to its general director Edvard Fallesen.


At the Royal Theatre, Anna Lindemann was a student of and debuted in 1885 as Titania in William Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream''. Between her first two roles she was taught by her husband to be, . Together they wrote ''Miss Nelly'' in 1886, in which she later played the main role. After their marriage in Summer 1887, she took her husband's surname. Anna Bloch's breakthrough came in 1888 as Trine in ''April Fools'' by Johan Ludvig Heiberg (poet), Johan Ludvig Heiberg. Literary historian credits her with the "phenomenal run of 31 performances" of this modernised revival of the 1826 original.. "''... det fænomenale Tal af enogtredive Opførelser.''" Another early role was that of Hilde in Ibsen's ''The Lady from the Sea'' in 1889. Bloch was awarded the Ingenio et arti gold medal in 1910. This was the 25th anniversary of her first role, and in a commentary for ''Politiken'', Danish writer Emma Gad says that Bloch could make a normally insignificant role seem important to a play, as with the "brilliant and peculiar humour" of her portrayal of the "noble slut" () Eugenia in Ludvig Holberg's ''Don Ranudo de Colibrados''. For Gad, her most memorable performance was as the peasant girl Anjutha in Tolstoy's ''The Power of Darkness'', where she was "gripped by a fear so wild" that "her mysterious horror ... rippled down to the auditorium and ran like a shudder from row to row." Bloch left the Royal Theatre in 1918, although she returned for a season as guest actress and rejoined from 1922 to 1925. She found herself typecast as the young girl or woman, even playing the fourteen-year-old Hedevig in Ibsen's ''The Wild Duck'' in 1921 at the age of 53. Only really at home in 19th century theatre and unable to find suitable roles in the new era which began after the First World War, she was overtaken by the naturalism (theatre), naturalism in theatre arts which she had helped pioneer. She did however tour the provinces, and appeared at the Betty Nansen Teatret. She can be heard in a scene from Jens Christian Hostrup's ' (''The neighbours across the road'') recorded in 1938. Danish literary critic refers to Bloch as the Royal Theatre's "foremost naturalist actor" of the time. Although she never acted in films, she was, according to Riis, a role model for Danish actress Clara Pontoppidan. She wrote a one-act comedy ' (''Such bills''). The Royal Theatre presented this in 1923 with Bloch in the leading role and it was published in 1924. She also wrote two radio dramas, ''Epilog'' in 1934 and ''Veni, vidi, vici'' in 1935. Anna Bloch is buried in Vestre Cemetery, Copenhagen.




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