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Osa Massen

Osa Massen
in The Master Race (1944)[1]
Born Aase Madsen
(1915-01-13)13 January 1915
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 2 January 2006(2006-01-02) (aged 91) [2]
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 19351981
Spouse(s) Allan Hersholt (1938–1945) (divorced)
Dr. Harvey R. Cummins (1947–1951) (his death)
Dr. Stanley Vogel (1953–?) (divorced)

Osa Massen (13 January 1914[3] – 2 January 2006) was a Danish actress who went on to become a successful movie actress in Hollywood.


  • Background and early career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Death 3
  • Selected filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Background and early career

Born Aase Madsen, she began her career as a newspaper photographer, before becoming an actress. She first came to the United States in 1937.[4] Massen notably appeared as Melvyn Douglas' unfaithful wife dealing with blackmailer Joan Crawford in A Woman's Face (1941).

She also appeared as a mysterious woman with something to hide in Deadline at Dawn. Later in her career she appeared in guest roles on many television programs. She also starred with Lloyd Bridges in the science fiction film Rocketship X-M (1950), the first space adventure of the post-WWII era. She made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958 she played Lisa Bannister in "The Case of the Desperate Daughter;" in 1959 she played Sarah Werner in "The Case of the Shattered Dream." Her last television role was in 1962 when she played Lisa Pedersen in "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark."

Personal life

She was married three times, including once to Allan Hersholt (4 December 1914 - 19 February 1990), son of Jean Hersholt on 15 December 1938.[5]


Massen died on 2 January 2006, following unspecified surgery in Hollywood, California. She had previously been living just outside Copenhagen, Denmark, until just before her final relocation (to California).

Selected filmography


  1. ^ (1944)The Master RaceIMDB
  2. ^ Osan, Massen. "Biography". 
  3. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: the history of Scandinavian actors in American films from 1910 to World War II. Scarecrow Press. p. 227.  
  4. ^ She was recorded as Aase Madsen-Iversen, Danish actress, aged 23, on the manifest of the S/S "Normandie," which sailed from Southampton, England, Dec 18, 1937 and arrived at the Port of New York, Dec 23, 1937.
  5. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: the history of Scandinavian actors in American films from 1910 to World War II. Scarecrow Press. p. 229.  

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