Seena Owen (November 14, 1894 - August 15, 1966) was a Danish-American silent film actress.
She was born Signe M. Auen at Spokane, Washington, the youngest of three children raised by Jens Christensen and Karen (née Sorensen) Auen. Her father and mother came from Denmark in the late 1880s and Show more... settled in Minnesota where they married in 1888. Within a short period of time they relocated to Portland and then Spokane where her father became proprietor of the Columbia Pharmacy on the corner of Main and Washington. In her youth Owen was enrolled at Brunot Hall, an Episcopalian girl’s school in Spokane founded by Bishop Lemuel H. Wells, and would later attend school overseas in Copenhagen. Owen's life as the daughter of an affluent business owner changed in her late teens when the family business failed and it became necessary to seek employment. She received her early inspiration to act while a student at the Pauline Dunstan Belden School of Elocution in Spokane before appearing in a stock production in San Francisco playing the part of a maid for $5 a week. Soon she traveled south to Hollywood to find work as a movie extra and had the good fortune to run into actor-director Marshall