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Also Known As: Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors Died: October 25, 1995
Born: December 29, 1920 Cause of Death: complications from rheumatoid arthritis
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: actor, writer, director

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The tall, dark Lindfors began her career on the Swedish stage while still a student at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. She was featured in several films her native country (notably "The Spinning Family" 1940 and "In Paradise" 1941) before embarking on a Hollywood career. Lindfors played Queen Margaret opposite Errol Flynn in "The Adventures of Don Juan" (1948) and went on to co-star with Ronald Reagan in "Night Unto Night" (1949), directed by her third husband Don Siegel, and "Four in a Jeep" (1951) opposite Ralph Meeker. Typical of Hollywood, many compared Lindfors' elegant countenance and beauty with her fellow countrywoman Greta Garbo.Lindfors made an acclaimed Broadway debut in 1955, starring in "Anastasia", portraying a woman who claimed to be the daughter of the Czar of Russia. The film role went to Ingrid Bergman. Lindfors alternated among stage, TV and films throughout the rest of her career. She starred in her own one-woman show "I Am Woman" and appeared with her son Kristoffer Tabori in "My Mother, My Son". Among her notable feature appearances were "No Exit" (1960), "The Way We Were" (1973), "A Wedding" and "Girlfriends" (both 1978) and "Creepshow" (1981). She wrote, directed and...

The tall, dark Lindfors began her career on the Swedish stage while still a student at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. She was featured in several films her native country (notably "The Spinning Family" 1940 and "In Paradise" 1941) before embarking on a Hollywood career. Lindfors played Queen Margaret opposite Errol Flynn in "The Adventures of Don Juan" (1948) and went on to co-star with Ronald Reagan in "Night Unto Night" (1949), directed by her third husband Don Siegel, and "Four in a Jeep" (1951) opposite Ralph Meeker. Typical of Hollywood, many compared Lindfors' elegant countenance and beauty with her fellow countrywoman Greta Garbo.

Lindfors made an acclaimed Broadway debut in 1955, starring in "Anastasia", portraying a woman who claimed to be the daughter of the Czar of Russia. The film role went to Ingrid Bergman. Lindfors alternated among stage, TV and films throughout the rest of her career. She starred in her own one-woman show "I Am Woman" and appeared with her son Kristoffer Tabori in "My Mother, My Son". Among her notable feature appearances were "No Exit" (1960), "The Way We Were" (1973), "A Wedding" and "Girlfriends" (both 1978) and "Creepshow" (1981). She wrote, directed and co-starred in "Unfinished Business . . . " (1987), a highly personal, autobiographical drama. Her final film was Henry Jaglom's "Last Summer in the Hamptons" (1995), a Chekhovian-inspired comedy/drama in which she played a grande dame actress spending time with her family.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Unfinished Business... (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1995) Herself
2.
 Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995) Helena Mora
3.
 Stargate (1994) Catherine
4.
 Zelda (1993) Madame
5.
 North of Pittsburgh (1993) Rosa Andretti
6.
 Goin' to Chicago (1991) Helen Lerner
7.
 Zandalee (1991) Tatta
8.
 Linguini Incident, The (1991) Miracle
9.
10.
 Exiled in America (1990) Dr Helena Lindenheim
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1935:
Studied at Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm
1937:
Swedish stage debut
1940:
Film debut "The Spinning Family"
1946:
Immigrated to US
:
Signed with Warner Brothers
1948:
American feature debut, "To the Victor"
1954:
Starred on Broadway in "Anastasia"
1958:
American TV debut, "The Bridge of San Luis Rey"
1966:
Founded and was artistic director of Berkshire Theater Company, Stockbridge, MA
1973:
Appeared in one-woman show, "I Am Woman"
1981:
Wrote autobiography, "Viveka . . . Viveca, An Actress, A Woman, A Life"
1987:
Feature directorial debut "Unfiinished Business . . . " (also scripted)
1990:
Attacked in Greenwich Village, NYC; man slashed her face with razor, requiring 28 stitches
1995:
Final film appearance, "Last Summer in the Hamptons"
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Education

AFI Conservatory: - 1982
Royal Dramatic Theater School: -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1982

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husband:
Henry Hasso. Cinematographer. Swedish; divorced; father of John Tabori.
husband:
Folke Rogard. Attorney. Swedish; divorced; father of Lena Tabori.
husband:
Don Siegel. Director. Married 1949; divorced 1953.
husband:
George Tabori. Playwright; director. Hungarian; married July 4, 1954; divorced.
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father:
Torsten Lindfords. Publisher.
mother:
Karin Lindfords. Painter.
son:
John Tabori. Father Henry Hasso; survived her.
daughter:
Lena Tabori. Writer. Edited "Kisses", 1991 film book; father Folke Rogard; survived her.
son:
Kristoffer Tabori Christopher Donald Siegel. Actor. Born August 4, 1952 in Los Angeles, California; father Don Siegel; survived her.
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"Viveka . . . Viveca, An Actress, A Woman, A Life"

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