Monday, October 26, 2009

Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman was born August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden and passed away on her 77th birthday due to complications from breast cancer surgery.

Ingrid Bergman, named after Princess Ingrid of Sweden. Ingrid Bergman was born to a Swedish father, Justus Samuel Bergman, and a German mother, Friedel Alder Bergman. When she was three years of age, her mother died. Her father died when she was thirteen. She was then sent to live with an aunt, who died of heart complications only six months later. Afterwards she was brought up by another aunt and uncle, who had five children.

At the age of 17, Bergman auditioned for and was accepted to the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. She had her first taste of acting at age 17 when she played an uncredited role of a girl standing in line in the Swedish film Landskamp (1932). It would be three more years before she would have another chance at a film. When she did, it was more than just a bit part. The film in question was Munkbrogreven (1935).

After several films established her as a class actress in Europe, Ingrid appeared in Intermezzo (1936) as Anita Hoffman. Luckily for her, American producer David O. Selznick saw it and sent a representative from MGM to gain rights to the story and have Ingrid signed to a contract. Once signed, she came to California and starred in MGM's 1939 remake of her 1936 film, Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939), reprising her original role.

Back in the US she appeared in three more films, all well-received. But it was the classic Casablanca (1942) which made her a star.

In 1943, she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actres for the movie For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). She also received Academy Ward nominations for Best Actress for The Bell's of St. Mary's (1945), Joan of Arc (1938), and Hostsonaten (1978).

She received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Gaslight (1944) and Anastasia (1956). She also received a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

She also won two Emmy awards for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress for The Turn of the Screw (1959) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for A Woman Called Golda (1982).

She also won a Tony award for Joan of Lorraine (1947).

Some of her most notable movies (not already mentioned) include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Spellbound (1945), Saratoga Trunk (1945), Notorious (1946), Under Capricorn (1949), and Catus Flower (1969).

Her final performance was in the televison movie, A Woman Called Golda (1982) in which she played Golda Meir.

On 10 July, 1937, at the age of 21, Bergman married a dentist, Petter Lindström (who would later become a neurosurgeon). On 20 September, 1938, she gave birth to a daughter, Pia Lindstrom.

In 1949 she went to Italy to film Stromboli (1950) directed by Roberto Rossellini. They fell in love and left her husband, Dr. Peter Lindstrom, and daughter, Pia. The press and the public were outraged. She and Roberto were married in 1950 and had three children, a son (Roberto) and twin daughters, Isotta and Isabella. Roberto and Ingrind would divorce in 1957.

She was one of our most talented actresses, winning the triple crown of acting: a Tony, an Emmy (two time winner) and an Oscar (three time winner).

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