26 September 2014

Linda van Dyck

Today is the third day of the Nederlands Film Festival, and EFSP presents you another post in the unofficial Dutch film star postcards festival. Dutch stage actress Linda van Dyck (1948) appeared in a dozen Dutch and Belgian films, which were sometimes very successful in the low countries. She started as a pop singer and songwriter in the sixties. Van Dyck also worked for television both in the Netherlands and in Sweden, where she lived for some years in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Linda van Dyck
Dutch postcard. Photo: Funckler Grammofoonplaten.

Boo and the Booboo's

Linda van Dyck (sometimes written as Dijck) was born as Linda Marianne de Hartogh in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1948. She was the daughter of the actors Leo de Hartogh and Teddy Schaank.

Her stepfather was the legendary Dutch stage actor Ko van Dijk, with whom she made her stage debut in 1959 in De vader (The Father) by August Strindberg.

In 1966 she appeared in two Dutch feature films: the murder mystery 10:32/10:32 in the Morning (Arthur Dreifuss, 1966) starring Linda Christian, and Het Gangstermeisje/A Gangstergirl (Frans Weisz, 1966) with Paolo Graziosi, Kitty Courbois and Gian Maria Volonté.

In the 1960s she was best known as the singer of the band Boo and the Booboo's, for which she also wrote song texts. Her last single as a (solo) singer and also her biggest hit was Seduction Song (1969).

She decided to become an actress and moved to Sweden where she worked for television for a period of five years.

The Dutch beat band Boo and the Booboo's featuring Linda van Dyck play Stengun (1966). Source: Funnyfreakparade (YouTube).

The second solo single by Linda van Dyck, Baby, What Am I Doing (1967). Source: Erikavburen (YouTube).

A Sensual Aunt

Linda van Dyck returned to the Netherlands in 1973 and appeared in several popular TV series and stage productions.

In 1979 she played a small part in the film Tiro (Jacob Bijl, 1979) with Kitty Courbois.

A huge success was her role as the sensual aunt Coleta in the coming of age drama Twee vorstinnen en een vorst/Two Queens and a King (Otto Jongerius, 1981) with Eric Clerckx as the young protagonist and Kitty Courbois as his mother.

Another success was her part in the drama Ademloos/Breathless (Mady Saks, 1982) with Monique van de Ven. For these two roles Linda van Dyck was proclaimed Best Dutch film actress in 1982.

Another popular local hit was Ciske de Rat/Ciske the Rat (Guido Pieters, 1984) featuring child star Danny de Munk and Willeke van Ammelrooy as his nasty mother. Van Dyck played again the aunt of the protagonist.

In between these films she appeared on stage and in such prestigious TV dramas as Willem van Oranje/William of Orange (Walter van der Kamp, 1984) starring Jeroen Krabbé.

Other films in which she appeared were the thriller De Grens/The Border (Leon de Winter, 1984) with Johan Leysen and Angela Winkler, and the war film In de schaduw van de overwinning/In the Shadow of the Victory (1986) starring Jeroen Krabbé.

Linda van Dyck
Dutch postcard. Promocard by International Artists, Hilversum.


During the 1990s, Linda van Dyck only incidentally appeared in films. She played a supporting part in the Belgian-French-Dutch production Daens/Priest Daens (Stijn Conincx, 1994), based on the novel by Louis Paul Boon and featuring Jan Decleir.

A surprise was the award winning TV film Suzy Q (Martin Koolhoven, 1999), about a weekend in the life of a bizarre family in the sixties. Van Dyck played the mother and her children were played by the upcoming stars Carice van Houten, Roeland Fernhout and Michiel Huisman.

Her later films included Magonia (Ineke Smits, 2001) with Ramsey Nasr, the swashbuckler Floris (Jean van de Velde, 2004) featuring Michiel Huisman, and the multicultural comedy Het schnitzelparadijs/Schnitzel Paradise (Martin Koolhoven, 2005).

Her greatest successes were in the Dutch theatre where she starred in such popular and acclaimed productions as De dood en het meisje (Death and the Maiden) (2003), Herfstsonate (Autumn Sonata) (2005-2006), Nacht, Moeder (Night, Mother) (2006-2007) and Una Giornata Particolare (2007-2008).

In 2010 Linda van Dyck received a Royal order: Ridder in de orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion).

Linda van Dyck is married to Jaap Nolst Trenité, with whom she has a son, Jamie Maxim Nolst Trenité (1990).

Linda Van Dyck sings You Don't Love Me (1968). Source: Oldies1 (YouTube).

Trailer of Het schnitzelparadijs/Schnitzel Paradise (2005). Source: KnipFilm (YouTube).

Sources: Wikipedia (Dutch), and IMDb.

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