Biographical / Historical
Anita Björk (25 April 1923 – 24 October 2012) was born in Tallberg, Dalarna County, Sweden. She attended the Royal Dramatic Theatre acting school (1942-1945), becoming a leading actress in Swedish theater, and playing over 100 roles in her lifetime.
In the book-length interview "Hitchcock/Truffaut" (Simon and Schuster, 1967), Hitchcock said he had hired Björk as the female lead for his film "I Confess" in 1952 after seeing her in "Miss Julie". However, when Björk arrived in Hollywood with her lover Stig Dagerman and their child, Jack L. Warner of Warner Brothers, insisted that Hitchcock should find another actress.
Bjork was married first to Olof Bergstrom (1945–1951) and then to Stig Dagerman (from 1953). Her relationship with novelist Graham Greene began after Dagerman's death in 1954.
Björk died on 24 October 2012 at the age of 89.