Hallström, Per, 1866-1960, Swedish short-story writer, dramatist, and poet. Before devoting himself to writing, Hallström worked in London and Chicago as a chemist. He is appreciated primarily for his collections of short stories, such as Purpur [purple] (1895) and Thanatos [death] (1900). His major works, written before 1910, combine profound compassion with a sensitive awareness of beauty.

Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström (b. 2 June 1946, Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish film director. His mother was the Swedish writer Karin Lyberg (1907-2000). His maternal grandfather, Ernst Lyberg, was the Swedish Minister of Finance in the first cabinet of Carl Gustaf Ekman (1926 - 1928) and leader of the Liberal Party of Sweden (1930 - 1933).

Hallström learned his craft making music videos, in particular those made for the group ABBA, which pioneered the era of the music video, and also many innovative styles of film making. After the international success of My Life as a Dog, Hallström has been working on American movies.

Hallström has two children, Johan (b. 1976) from his first marriage to Malou Hallström (died 3 February 2005) and Tora (b. 1995) by actress Lena Olin, his current wife.


Almost all of ABBA's videos were directed and shot by Hallström. The only exceptions were "Chiquitita", which was made by the BBC as well as "Under Attack" and "The Day Before You Came", which were directed by Kjell Sundvall and Kjell-Åke Andersson.


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