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Also Known As: Berit Elizabeth Andersson Died:
Born: November 11, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: actor, director

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A major star of the Swedish cinema of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Bibi Andersson was appearing on stage at Malmo when discovered by Ingmar Bergman, who was casting a 1951 Bris soap commercial. She went on to became a staple of the director's stock company, distinguishing herself in such films as "Wild Strawberries" (1957), as the young hiker who brings comfort into the life of an elderly man (Victor Sjostrom), "Brink of Life" (1958), as the protective mother of an illegitimate child, for which she was named Best Actress at Cannes and "The Devil's Eye" (1959). Her finest work is undoubtedly "Persona" (1966), Bergman's masterpiece about a mute actress (Liv Ullman) and her nurse (Andersson) who gradually switch minds and identities. In "The Touch" (1971), Andersson was cast as a homemaker who seems content, but doubts her very happinessAndersson made her English-language debut as a woman raped by an Apache and subsequently gives birth to a half-breed in "Duel at Diablo" (1965). Her big bid for stardom outside Sweden came with John Huston's underrated "The Kremlin Letter" (1970), as the doomed wife of a suspected spy (Max Von Sydow). She made a successful shift to character roles with "I Never Promised You a...

A major star of the Swedish cinema of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Bibi Andersson was appearing on stage at Malmo when discovered by Ingmar Bergman, who was casting a 1951 Bris soap commercial. She went on to became a staple of the director's stock company, distinguishing herself in such films as "Wild Strawberries" (1957), as the young hiker who brings comfort into the life of an elderly man (Victor Sjostrom), "Brink of Life" (1958), as the protective mother of an illegitimate child, for which she was named Best Actress at Cannes and "The Devil's Eye" (1959). Her finest work is undoubtedly "Persona" (1966), Bergman's masterpiece about a mute actress (Liv Ullman) and her nurse (Andersson) who gradually switch minds and identities. In "The Touch" (1971), Andersson was cast as a homemaker who seems content, but doubts her very happiness

Andersson made her English-language debut as a woman raped by an Apache and subsequently gives birth to a half-breed in "Duel at Diablo" (1965). Her big bid for stardom outside Sweden came with John Huston's underrated "The Kremlin Letter" (1970), as the doomed wife of a suspected spy (Max Von Sydow). She made a successful shift to character roles with "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" (1977), a disturbing study of schizophrenia with Andersson as a compassionate psychologist. To date, her widest exposure may have come with the Oscar-winning Danish film "Babette's Feast" (1987), in which she portrayed a Swedish lady-in-waiting.

Andersson has worked extensively on stage in Sweden, notably in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". On the Broadway stage, she appeared as Anna in "Full Circle" (1973). She was based in the US during the mid-70s while having tax problems in Sweden. Andersson appeared in the NBC rendition of Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" (1974), but she is better known for her roles in Bergman's Swedish TV production "Scenes From a Marriage" (1973; later re-edited and released theatrically) and as Major von Dardel in "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC, 1985).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
4.
 I Rollerna Tre (1996)
5.
 Not Love, Just Frenzy (1996) Cristina
6.
 Dromspel (1994) Victoria
7.
 Il Sogno Della Farfalla (1994) Mother
8.
 Una Estacion de paso (1992) Lise
9.
 Fordringsagare (1988) Tekla
10.
 Svart gryning (1987) The Ambassador
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Milestones close milestones

1949:
Worked as movie extra
1951:
First collaboration with Ingmar Bergman, appearing in his TV commercial for Bris soap
1953:
Screen acting debut in "Dum-Bom"
1955:
First film for Ingmar Bergman, "Smiles of a Summer Night"
:
Appeared in productions for the Malmo Theatre, Sweden
1957:
Had major roles in Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" and "Wild Strawberries"
1965:
US film debut in "Duel at Diablo"
1966:
Co-starred in Bergman's "Persona"
1973:
Made Broadway debut, "Full Circle"
1973:
Last film collaboration with Bergman, "Scenes From a Marriage"
1974:
Played Holga in "After the Fall" (NBC)
1976:
Arrested in Sweden for tax evasion
1985:
Co-starred in "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC)
1987:
Starred in "Babette's Feast"
1990:
Debut as stage director
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Education

Terserus Drama School: -
Royal Dramatic Theatre School: - 1954 - 1956

Notes

Not to be confused with transvestite actor Manuel Fernandez Chica who acts under the name of "Bibi Andersen" in the Spanish films: "Cambio de sexo" (1977) and the Almodovar films: "Matador" (1986), "La Leo de Deseo/The Law of Desire" (1987) and "High Heels" (1991).

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companion:
Gosta Terseus. Actor. Had brief relationship in the early 1950s.
companion:
Ingmar Bergman. Director, screenwriter. Had affair c. 1956-59.
husband:
Kjell Grede. Director, writer. Married in 1960; divorced in 1973.
husband:
Per Ahlmark. Politician. Married in 1978.
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father:
Josef Andersson.
mother:
Karin Andersson.
sister:
Gerd Andersson. Ballerina. Older.
daughter:
Jenny Matilda Grede. Born in 1973.
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