Ingrid Bergman


Ingrid Bergman (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films, television movies, and plays. She won many accolades, including three Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, four Golden Globe Awards, and a BAFTA Award. She was born in Stockholm to a Swedish father and a German mother, and started her acting career in Swedish and German films.

Bergman’s introduction to Americans came in the English-language remake of Intermezzo (1939). In addition to the Michael Curtiz Academy Award-winning classic Casablanca (1942) opposite Humphrey Bogart, her notable performances from the 1940s include the dramas For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), with Gary Cooper; Gaslight (1944), directed by George Cukor; Leo McCarey‘s The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), with Bing Crosby; and Joan of Arc (1948), directed by Victor Fleming; all of which earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress; she won the award for Gaslight. She made three films with Alfred Hitchcock including Spellbound (1945), with Gregory Peck, and Notorious (1946), opposite Cary Grant.

In 1950, she starred in Roberto Rossellini‘s Stromboli, following the revelation that she was having an extramarital affair with the director. The affair and then marriage to Rossellini created a scandal in the United States that forced her to remain in Europe for several years, during which she starred in Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (1954), now critically acclaimed. The two had 3 children together, including actress Isabella Rossellini. She made a successful return to working for a Hollywood studio in Anastasia (1956), the debut film for Yul Brynner, winning her second Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1958, she starred for a second time with Grant, this time in the popular romantic comedy Indiscreet (directed by Stanley Donen).

In her later years, she won her third Academy Award, this one for Best Supporting Actress, for her small performance in Sidney Lumet’s adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express (1974), with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins, and Wendy Hiller; In 1978, she worked with director Ingmar Bergman (no relation) in Autumn Sonata, for which she received her sixth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In her final acting role, she portrayed the late-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the television mini-series A Woman Called Golda (1982) for which she posthumously won her second Emmy Award for Best Actress. She died on her sixty-seventh birthday (29 August 1982) from breast cancer.

According to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Bergman quickly became “the ideal of American womanhood” and a contender for Hollywood’s greatest leading actress. In the United States, she is considered to have brought a “Nordic freshness and vitality” to the screen, along with exceptional beauty and intelligence; David O. Selznick once called her “the most completely conscientious actress” he had ever worked with. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bergman as the fourth-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

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  • Landskamp (1932) – directed by Gunnar Skoglund – uncredited
  • The Count of the Old Town (1935) – directed by Edvin Adolphson
  • Ocean Breakers (1935) – directed by Ivar Johansson
  • Swedenhielms (1935) – directed by Gustaf Molander
  • Walpurgis Night (1935) – directed by Gustaf Edgren
  • On the Sunny Side (1936) – directed by Gustaf Molander
  • Intermezzo (1936) – directed by Gustaf Molander
  • Kat över vägen (1937) – directed by Gunnar Skoglund – short
  • Dollar (1938) – directed by Gustaf Molander
  • The Four Companions (1938) – directed by Carl Froelich
  • A Woman’s Face (1938) – directed by Gustaf Molander
  • Only One Night (1939) – directed by Gustaf Molander
  • Intermezzo (1939) – directed by Gregory Ratoff
  • June Night (1940) – directed by Per Lindberg
  • Adam Had Four Sons (1941) – directed by Gregory Ratoff
  • Rage in Heaven (1941) – directed by W.S. Van Dyke
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) – directed by Victor Fleming
  • Casablanca (1942)** – directed by Michael Curtiz
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) – directed by Sam Wood
  • Gaslight (1944) – directed by George Cukor
  • Spellbound (1945) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Saratoga Trunk (1945) – directed by Sam Wood
  • The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) – directed by Leo McCarey
  • Notorious (1946) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Arch of Triumph (1948) – directed by Lewis Milestone
  • Joan of Arc (1948) – directed by Victor Fleming
  • Under Capricorn (1949) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Stromboli (1950) – directed by Roberto Rossellini
  • Europe ‘51 (1952) – directed by Roberto Rossellini
  • We the Women (1953) – directed by Gianni Franciolini, Alfredo Guarini, Roberto Rossellini, & Luchino Visconti – anthology
  • Journey to Italy (1954) – directed by Roberto Rossellini
  • Fear (1954) – directed by Roberto Rossellini
  • Joan of Arc at the Stake (1954) – directed by Roberto Rossellini
  • Elena and Her Men (1956) – directed by Jean Renoir
  • Anastasia (1956) – directed by Anatole Litvak
  • Indiscreet (1958) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) – directed by Mark Robson
  • Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman’s Life (1961) – directed by Silvio Narizzano – TV movie
  • Goodbye Again (1961) – directed by Anatole Litvak
  • Kolka, My Friend (1961) – directed by Pierre Chevalier – uncredited
  • Hedda Gabler (1962) – directed by Alex Segal – TV movie
  • The Visit (1964) – directed by Bernhard Wicki
  • The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964) – directed by Anthony Asquith
  • The Human Voice (1966) – directed by Ted Kotchef – TV movie
  • Stimulantia (1967) – directed by Hans Abramson, Hans Alfredson, Arne Arnbom, Tage Danielsson, Lars Görling, Ingmar Bergman, Jörn Donner, Gustaf Molander, & Vilgot Sjöman – anthology
  • Cactus Flower (1969) – directed by Gene Saks
  • A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970) – directed by Guy Gree
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973) – directed by Fielder Cook
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974) – directed by Sidney Lumet
  • A Matter of Time (1976) – directed by Vincente Minnelli
  • Autumn Sonata (1978) – directed by Ingmar Bergman
  • A Woman Called Golda (1982) – directed by Alan Gibson – TV movie