Pia Degermark

Pia Charlotte Degermark (born 24 August 1949) is a Swedish former actress. She is best known for her role as Elvira Madigan in the 1967 drama film Elvira Madigan, for which she won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.


Born Pia Charlotte Degermark, she came to international notice as the lead in Elvira Madigan (1967), directed by Bo Widerberg, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967. She was spotted by Widerberg in a newspaper photograph dancing with the Swedish Crown Prince Carl Gustav.[1] Degermark acted in only a few more films including The Looking Glass War (1969), an adaptation of the John le Carré novel of the same name, and The Vampire Happening (1971), a West German film produced by her husband.

Personal life

She married Siemens heir and film producer Pier Andrea Caminneci (1941-2013) in 1971, and had a son with him, but they divorced in 1973. He was a descendant of Werner von Siemens.

Degermark moved to the United States for a time. She returned to Sweden in 1979 suffering from anorexia. Subsequently, she worked in women's voluntary groups with sufferers of the condition.

In 1991, Degermark was sentenced to 14 months in prison for fraud and assault.[1]


Awards and nominations

Year Festival/Awards Category Nominated work Result
1967 20th Cannes Film Festival Best Actress
Elvira Madigan
1968 26th Golden Globe Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated
1969 22nd British Academy Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Nominated


  1. Pia Lundgren "Pia Degemark - You always get another chance", TARA, January 2004. Archived 18 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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