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Statue of the week: number 24

March 14, 2011

Where in Oslo shall we go this week?  How about a return visit to the National Theatre?  There is a theme amongst the statues around here – either writers e.g. Ibsen (statue of the week number 2) or actors.  This weeks adds to the collection of actors.  Johanne Dybwad (1867 – 1950) was both an actress and a producer.  She acted in and produced many plays.  In 1924, like some previous statues of the week, she received the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav, and in 1947 she was awarded the Grand Cross of St Olav – the Norwegian equivalent of a Dame. This statue was sculpted by Per Ung and unveiled in 1962, and in 1967 Johanne became the first Norwegian actor to be on a stamp. Not only has she been immortalised in bronze and a gummed rectangle but also, the address of the National Theatre is Johanne Dybwad Plass.

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