Best Known For
Björk is an Icelandic singer and founding member of the band The Sugarcubes. She went on to a strong solo career and acting success.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Björk Gudmundsdottir on November 21, 1965, in Reykjavik, Iceland. Björk founded the band the Sugarcubes in 1986 before striking out on her own to a hugely successful solo career in 1993. In 2000, Bjork appeared on the big screen in the critically acclaimed film Dancer in the Dark. She also scored the film and won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance.
Musician, singer and actress Björk Gudmundsdottir was born on November 21, 1965, in Reykjavik, Iceland. Having grown up in a highly musical household, Björk released her first album of traditional Icelandic folk songs when she was only 11.
Throughout her teen years, Björk sang for a series of anarchist punk bands. In 1986, Björk and fellow Kukl members Einer Orn and Siggi Baldurson formed the pop group the Sugarcubes. Joined by new members Thor Eldon (with whom Björk conceived a child in 1986), Magg Ornotfsdottir and Bragi Olafsson, Sugarcubes released their full-length debut, Life's Too Good, in 1988, winning a cult following in the U.K. and U.S. The final Sugarcubes album, 1992's It's It, was a collection of dance remixes of earlier material, a result of Björk's fascination with the genre.
In 1993, Björk released her first solo album as an adult, aptly named Debut, which sold nearly three million copies worldwide. The release featured two Top 20 singles, Human Behaviour and Big Time Sensuality. After relocating to London, Björk released 1995's Post, which outsold her first album thanks to innovative collaborations with techno gurus Graham Massey, Howie B and Tricky.
In 2000, the diminutive Icelandic pop star appeared on the big screen in the critically acclaimed film by Danish director Lars von Trier, Dancer In The Dark. Though it was rumored that tension grew between the director and his star, who also scored the film, Björk won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance. Further acclaim arrived in early 2001, when Björk and von Trier were nominated for a Best Song Academy Award for I've Seen It All. She made fashion history when she wore her infamous "swan dress" while performing the song at the 2001 Academy Award Ceremony.
It was also in 2001 that Björk released her first album in four years, Vespertine. She continued to build her career as a singer by releasing the albums Medúlla (2004), Volta (2007) and Biophilia (2011), each with their own unique aesthetic and message. Björk performed a single from her album Medúlla entitled "Oceania" at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Björk had a child with ex-bandmate Thór Eldon in 1986, the same year that the couple got married. Their child, Sindri Eldon Thórsson, was born on June 8, 1986. Three years later, the couple divorced and Björk left the Sugarcubes to pursue a solo career.
profile name: Björk profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Throughout the history of the Olympics, the opening ceremonies have marked the official commencement of the Olympic Games. The celebration, with traditions including the declaration of the Olympic Oath and the running of the torch, signifies a gathering of nations to celebrate the best in sports. The Olympic opening ceremoines have also provided an opportunity for host cities to showcase their cultures and often feature native performers and superstars. These gifted performers have used their talents to ignite the excitement and spirit that is the Olympic Games. From Celine Dion to R. Kelly, Biography looks at the many performers who have graced the stage of the Olympic opening ceremonies celebration.
Olympic Opening Ceremony Performers 11 people in this group
Famous Scorpios 506 people in this group
Famous Singers 713 people in this group