Category:Elvira Madigan

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Elvira Madigan, born Hedvig Antoinette Isabella Eleonore Jensen (4 December 1867 – 20 July 1889) was a Danish tightrope walker and trick rider famous for her illicit affair and dramatic death at the hands of her lover. While performing in Sweden she met a Swedish cavalry officer, Lieutenant Count Bengt Edvard Sixten Sparre. The two became lovers but their love was impossible, partly due to the fact that Sparre was married and the father of two children. They ran away together to Denmark in June 1889, where they spent about a month. When they ran out of money, they packed a picnic basket, went out to the Nørreskov ("North forest") on the island Tåsinge, Denmark, and had a last meal, after which Sparre shot Madigan and himself with his service revolver. Madigan's and Sparre's grave is situated on the cemetery of Landet on Tåsinge and is still today visited by tourists and lovers from all over the world. Their tragic love story has been the subject of three films, the most famous of which is Bo Widerberg's Elvira Madigan produced in Sweden in 1967.

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