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