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Atlas Obscura ‘Famntaget’ (‘The Embrace’)

In the shadow of Sweden’s southernmost point in the small fishing village of Smygehuk stands Famntaget, an often overlooked sculpture with an interesting connection to Hollywood. This life-size bronze statue of a naked woman was modeled after Birgit Holmquist, who is the maternal grandmother of American actress Uma Thurman.

The daughter of an industrialist, Holmquist was born in 1911 and raised in Trelleborg in southern Sweden. In her late teens, she worked as a model and posed for the renowned local sculptor Axel Ebbe, which resulted in the Famntaget statue. A few years later, Birgit married a German baron, with whom she fled from Nazi Germany to Mexico.

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