February 5, 2011 / 12:00 AM / 8 years ago

'I Am Curious' actress Lena Nyman dies, age 66

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish actress Lena Nyman, who gained international fame for her role in the 1967 sexually explicit film “I Am Curious (Yellow),” died on Friday after a long illness. She was 66.

Sweden’s Royal Dramatic Theatre, or Dramaten, posted a memorial on its website calling Nyman “irreplaceable and at the same time immortal” and saying she would be “deeply missed as a friend, actress and colleague.”

Her agent could not be immediately be reached for comment on why the acclaimed actress had been ill.

Nyman was born in Stockholm and enjoyed a long career in film and television in her home country, including starring in Ingmar Bergman’s 1978 movie, “Autumn Sonata.”

She had already appeared in half a dozen productions when, at age 23, she starred in the 1967 movie “I Am Curious (Yellow),” playing an intellectually curious young woman, who explores sex, politics, nonviolent activism and meditation.

The movie, directed by Vilgot Sjoman, came to define a changing landscape for Swedish movies in the 1960s with its unconventional structure and film elements.

It also caused a stir with its nudity and sexuality. Copies were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, but a federal Appeals Court later allowed its U.S. release.

Sjoman and Nyman followed up with the 1968 sequel “I Am Curious (Blue).” The yellow and blue in the titles of the two films were a reference to the Swedish flag.

Nyman won the Guldbagge Award in 1968 from the Swedish Film Institute, for her role in the “I Am Curious” films.

Reporting by Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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