Ingrid Bergman


Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Ingrid Bergman first achieved fame as a top box-office draw in a series of 1940?s Hollywood films. After studying drama at the Swedish Royal Theatre, Bergman opted for a film career over a stage career. She quickly ascended from an uncredited role as an extra in the 1932 Swedish film ?Landskamp,? to a more substantial role in 1935?s ?Munkbrogreven,? to 1936?s ?Intermezzo,? a performance that caught the eye of famed Hollywood mogul David O. Selznick; resulted in Selznick signing Bergman to an MGM contract.

She first reprised her role in the 1939 remake of ?Intermezzo,? a hit at the box-office. Bergman?s angelic beauty and gifted acting instantly attracted mainstream adulation. In 1943, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in ?For Whom the Bell Tolls,? and won an Oscar for Best Actress in ?Gaslight.? In 1945, Bergman appeared in Hitchcock?s psychological thriller ?Spellbound,? ?Saratoga Trunk,? and ?The Bells of St. Mary?s,? garnering her third Best Actress nomination. Bergman?s role opposite Humphrey Bogart in ?Casablanca,? (1942), will forever be one of the all-time highlights of Hollywood filmmaking.

In 1949, while filming ?Stromboli? in Italy, Bergman fell in love with the film?s director Roberto Rossellini, and left her husband and daughter for him. There was a great public outcry. Pregnant, Bergman remained in Italy until their son was born. In 1952, Bergman had twins Isotta and Isabella, a subsequently renowned actress and model. Bergman continued to make films in Italy until her return to Hollywood in 1956, starring in ?Anastasia,? (1956), which was however filmed in England. Picking up where she left off, Bergman?s performance won her a second Academy Award.

In 1958, Bergman married for the third time. After a series of planned projects failed to materialize, she went on a three-year hiatus, appearing only in a 1959 television presentation of ?The Turn of the Screw.? She resurfaced in 1961 with ?Aimez-Vous Brahms??, took a second three-year hiatus, then returned for a role in 1965?s ?The Visit.? The drought in film work was offset by Bergman?s return to the stage. She first appeared on television in ?Hedda Gabler,? (1965), before touring in a production of Eugene O'Neill's ?More Stately Mansions.? The hit film ?Cactus Flower,? (1969), followed, and after appearing in 1970's ?Spring Rain,? she again returned to the stage in 1971's ?Captain Brassbound?s Conversion.?

Perpetually jetting back and forth between the United States and Europe, Bergman continued to appear in top quality films, earning her third and final Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in ?Murder on the Orient Express,? (1974). Her last Academy Award nomination commemorated a sterling performance in ?Herbstsonate,? (1978), directed by Ingmar Bergman.

Towards the end of her life, Bergman published her autobiography ?Ingrid Bergman: My Story,? (1980), and before retiring from the movies, gave a last outstanding performance in the television mini-series ?A Woman Called Golda,? (1982), winning a posthumous Best Actress Emmy. Bergman died of cancer that same year, on her birthday, in London.

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