- Worked as a hospital orderly and a substitute teacher before becoming an actor.
- Flunked her first drama-school audition at Stockholm's prestigious Royal Dramatic Theatre.
- Was mentored by Swedish director (and family friend) Ingmar Bergman, who hired her as an extra in 1976's Face to Face and as a maid in 1982's Fanny and Alexander.
- Largely unknown to U.S. audiences until her acclaimed performances in 1988's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and, a year later, Enemies, A Love Story.
- Has collaborated on two films with director-husband Lasse Hallström: Chocolat (2000) and Casanova (2005).
- 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Stig Olin — Father
- Johan Hallström — Stepson
- Örjan Ramberg — Ex-significant Other
- Mats Olin — Brother
- Britte Holmberg — Mother
- Lasse Hallström — Husband
- August Ramberg — Son
- Tora Maria Elin Hallström — Daughter
- Attended Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
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- Birth Name: Lena Maria Jonna Olin
- Birth Place: Stockholm, Sweden
- Birthday: March 22, 1955, Aries
- Profession: Actor
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