Anna Karina (born Hanne Karin Bayer, 22 September 1940 – 14 December 2019) was a Danish-French film actress, director, writer, and singer.
She rose to prominence as French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard's muse in the 1960s, performing in several of his films, including The Little Soldier (1960), A Woman Is a Woman (1961), Vivre sa vie (1962), Bande à part (1964), and Pierrot le Fou and Alphaville (both 1965).
For her performance in A Woman Is a Woman, Karina won the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.In 1972, Karina set up a production company for her directorial debut, Vivre ensemble (1973), which screened in the Critics’ Week lineup at the 26th Cannes Film Festival.
She also directed the French-Canadian film Victoria (2008).
In addition to her work in cinema, she worked as a singer, and wrote several novels in French.Karina is widely considered an icon of 1960s cinema.
The New York Times described her as "one of the screen's great beauties and an enduring symbol of the French New Wave."