Osa Massen

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Osa Massen (born Aase Madsen Iversen, 13 January 1914  – 2 January 2006) was a Danish actress who went on to become a successful movie actress in Hollywood. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she began her career as a newspaper photographer, before becoming an actress. She first came to the United States in 1937. She was recorded as Aase Madsen-Iversen, Danish actress, aged 23, on the manifest of the S/S Normandie, which sailed from Southampton, England, on December 18, 1937, and arrived at the Port of New York on December 23, 1937. Massen notably appeared as Melvyn Douglas‘ unfaithful wife dealing with blackmailer Joan Crawford in A Woman’s Face (1941).

Massen’s first film was Kidnapped (1935). 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-World War II era. She made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958, she played Lisa Bannister in “The Case of the Desperate Daughter”, where she was reunited with her “Master Race” daughter Gigi Perreau; and 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”.

She was married three times, including once to Allan Hersholt, the son of Jean Hersholt, on December 15, 1938.

Massen died on January 2, 2006, 11 days before her 92nd birthday, following unspecified surgery in Hollywood, California. She had previously been living just outside Copenhagen until just before her final relocation (to California)m. Her cremains are buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Californiamwith a plaque that lists her name as Osa Massen Vogel.

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