Aase Bye

Also known as: Aase Synnøve Bye

Aase Synnøve Bye (1904-1991) was a Norwegian actress.

Aase Bye mastered classic drama, comedies, operettas and modern character acting. In 1949/1950 she was given Norwegian Critics' Award for her interpretation of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Aase Bye made her debut as Solveig in Peer Gynt at The National Theatre in 1923. Except for short breaks due to illness or other involvement she kept working for the theatre until 1974. 


(Objekt ID 11394)
Object type Person
Also known as Aase Synnøve Bye
Born June 4, 1904 (dead July 10, 1991)
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female
Website Aase Bye i Norsk biografisk leksikon, Aase Bye i Natioanltheatrets repertoardatabase

During the 1920es and 30es Aase Bye often acted in comedies, including the roles of Pernille in several Holberg plays, Dorine in Tartuffe, Katharine in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and in operettas such as Die Fledermaus (The Bat), The Merry Widow and The Beautiful Helen. But she also had roles such as Maja Rubek in Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken, Fanny Wilton in John Gabriel Borkman, Rita Allmers in Little Eyolf and Sara in Amalie Skram's Agnete,

After the war she developed within the realist, modern direction, and interpreted roles such as Estelle in No Exit, Regina in The Little Foxes and Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart. She celebrated her 50 t h anniversary as an actress in 1974, in the role of Deborah Harford in More Stately Mansions. The production was also her farewell performance.

Aase Bye also played a large number of roles in plays by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, including Signe in The Bankrupt, Ane in Love and Geography, the title role of Mary Stuart in Scotland and Tora Parsberg in Paul Lange and Tora Parsberg. In When The New Wine Blooms she acted the roles of Josefa, Alvilde and Mrs. Arvik in chronologic order.

The grant of Aase Bye is named after her.


Store Norske Leksikon, snl.no, 16.09.2014, https://snl.no/Aase_Synn%C3%B8ve_Bye

Norsk Biografisk Leksikon, snl.no, 08.10.2014, https://nbl.snl.no/Aase_Bye