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Lise Nørgaard

Personal information
Birth date14 June 1917(age 99)
Place of birthRoskilde, Denmark
NationalityDanish
OccupationNovellist, screenwriter, journalist
Notable worksMatador

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Lise Nørgaard née Jensen (born 14 June 1917) is a Danish journalist and writer known for her precise and often humorous portrayals of Danish cultural life. Nørgaard has written novels, compilations of essays and short stories. The memoirs of her childhood, Kun en pige (Only a girl), became a bestseller in 1992 and is considered Nørgaard's masterpiece. The work was made into a feature film in 1995.

From 1978 to 1982 Nørgaard created and co-wrote the television series Matador. The series, which focused on typical Danish characters living in the fictional town of Korsbæk between 1929 and 1947, became the most successful TV program in Danish history.

Nørgaard became a journalist for the Politiken newspaper in 1949 where she wrote about household and women's issues. In 1968 she worked at the Hjemmet weekly magazine, serving as managing editor from 1975 to 1977. Her columns for the magazine became popular for their critical and humorous insight into Danish life.

Among her honors, in 1982, Nørgaard was awarded the literary achievement award Publicistprisen from the National Press Club of Denmark. In 1993, she received the De gyldne Laurbær (The Golden Laurel) as Danish writer of the year. In 1994, Nørgaard was awarded knighthood in the Order of the Dannebrog.


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