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Mai Zetterling
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    (May 24, 1925-March 17, 1994)
    Born in Vasteras, Sweden
    Appeared in the films 'Torment' (1944), 'Frieda' (1947), 'Music in Darkness' (1948), 'Bad Lord Byron' (1949), 'Blackmailed' (1951), 'The Ringer' (1952), 'Knock on Wood' (1954), 'A Prize of Gold' (1955), 'Seven Waves Away' (1957), 'The Truth About Women' (1957), 'Faces in the Dark' (1960), 'Only Two Can Play' (1962), 'Hidden Agenda' (1990) and 'The Witches' (1990)
    Directed 'Loving Couples' (1964), 'Night Games' (1966), 'The Girls' (1968), 'Scrubbers' (1982) and 'Amorosa' (1986)
    Wrote the children's book 'Rain's Hat' (1979) and the autobiography 'All Those Tomorrows' (1985)
    She claimed she was barely literate when she left school.
    She was married and divorced twice.
    Several films she directed were controversial for their frank sexuality, with 'Loving Couples' being banned at the Cannes Film Festival and 'Night Games' being banned in Venice.
    She said, 'Perhaps I am a mad-hatter Swede who got lost in the world.... I feel very far from the norm of just about everything.'
    She had green eyes and elfin features.
    Danny Kaye, her costar in 'Knock on Wood,' called her 'refreshingly different from my usual leading ladies.'
    She said of her move behind the camera, 'I gave up acting because I was not a passive person.... I wanted, for many reasons, to do my own ideas, positive ideas.'
    He directorial debut, the documentary short film 'The War Game,' won first prize at the Venice Film Festival (1963).

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