Ingrid Bergman


Actor
Ingrid Bergman

About

Birth Place
Sweden
Born
August 29, 1915
Died
August 29, 1982
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

A highly popular actress known for her fresh, radiant beauty, Ingrid Bergman was a natural for virtuous roles but equally adept at playing notorious women. Either way, she had few peers when it came to expressing the subtleties of romantic tension. In 1933, fresh out of high school, she enrolled in the Royal Dramatic Theater and made her film debut the following year, soon becoming Swede...

Photos & Videos

Casablanca - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Indiscreet - Movie Poster
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Petter Lindstrom
Husband
Dentist. Married on June 10, 1937; divorced in 1949; remarried in 1954; died at age 93 on May 24, 2000 in Sonoma, California.
Robert Capa
Companion
Photographer. Bergman detailed their relationship in her memoirs.
Roberto Rossellini
Husband
Director. Married on May 1950; separated in 1956; marriage annulled in 1957; was separated from Anna Magnani when he began relationship with Bergman.
Lars Schmidt
Husband
Impresario. Married in December 1958.

Bibliography

"As Time Goes By: The Life of Ingrid Bergman"
Laurence Leamer, Harper & Row (1986)
"Ingrid Bergman--My Story"
Ingrid Bergman and Alan Burgess, Sphere (1981)
"Ingrid Bergman--An Intimate Portrait"
Joseph Steele Henry, W.H. Allen & Co. (1960)

Biography

A highly popular actress known for her fresh, radiant beauty, Ingrid Bergman was a natural for virtuous roles but equally adept at playing notorious women. Either way, she had few peers when it came to expressing the subtleties of romantic tension. In 1933, fresh out of high school, she enrolled in the Royal Dramatic Theater and made her film debut the following year, soon becoming Sweden's most promising young actress. Her breakthrough film was Gustaf Molander's "Intermezzo" (1936), in which she played a pianist who has a love affair with a celebrated--and married--violinist. The film garnered the attention of American producer David O. Selznick, who invited her to Hollywood to do a remake. In 1939 she co-starred with Leslie Howard in that film, which the public loved, leading to a seven-year contract with Selznick.

Selznick promoted Bergman's wholesomeness from the beginning. He loaned her to other studios for "Adam Had Four Sons," "Rage in Heaven" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (all 1941). In the latter film, Bergman's insistence on playing the role of the prostitute rather than the good fiancee proved a shrewd move. She then starred with Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" (1942), perhaps her most popular film, and was also featured with Gary Cooper in "For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)." She won her first Oscar for her portrayal of a wife nearly driven mad by Charles Boyer in "Gaslight" (1944).

The following year, Bergman had starring roles as a New Orleans vixen with Cooper in "Saratoga Trunk," a psychiatrist opposite Gregory Peck in Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" and a nun opposite Bing Crosby's priest in "The Bells of St. Mary's." Bergman's last picture under contract to Selznick, and probably her finest work, was Hitchcock's "Notorious" (1946), an emotionally complex espionage film in which she played a woman bent on self-destruction until redeemed by the love of a federal agent, played by Cary Grant.

Bergman then went freelance, first playing a prostitute in "Arch of Triumph" and then the constrasting "Joan of Arc" (both 1948), a role she had played to great acclaim on Broadway in 1946. Her final film for Hitchcock was the 1949 period piece, "Under Capricorn." These last three films, however, failed at the boxoffice and were hardly representative of her finest acting, serving as an unusual harbinger of the turn of the tide to follow.

Bergman's personal and professional life went into a tailspin in 1949 after she left her husband, Dr. Petter Lindstrom, for Italian director Roberto Rossellini, by whom she was pregnant. She married Rossellini, a union which produced three children and six films of varying artistic merit, beginning with "Stromboli" (1949) and achieving its finest moments in "Voyage in Italy" (1953). The international scandal (she was even denounced in Congress) tarnished her innocent image and, extraordinarily, led to her being barred from American films for 7 years.

Bergman's career began to recover with her appearance in Jean Renoir's "Paris Does Strange Things" (1956). She made a triumphant return to Hollywood with "Anastasia" (1956), for which she won her second Oscar, a sign that her sins had been officially forgiven. In 1957, her marriage to Rossellini was annulled and the following year she married theatrical producer Lars Schmidt.

Thereafter, Bergman began branching out into TV and stage roles. The films of this later period of her career were of varying quality, but she gave a delightful performance in the adaptation of the Broadway comedy, "Cactus Flower" (1967). She received a third Academy Award for her supporting role in "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) and won acclaim for her co-starring role with Liv Ullmann in Ingmar Bergman's "Autumn Sonata" (1978), an intense drama about a pianist and her daughter.

Bergman's health began to fail in the late 1970s, though she fought off cancer long enough to complete a TV-movie, "A Woman Called Golda" (1982), in which she portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The performance earned her an Emmy, her final honor.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Bacall On Bogart (1988)
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Charlotte
A Matter of Time (1976)
Contessa
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973)
A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970)
Libby Meredith
Cactus Flower (1969)
Stephanie Dickinson
The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965)
Gerda Millett
The Visit (1964)
Karla Zachanassian
Goodbye Again (1961)
Paula Tessier
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Gladys Aylward
Indiscreet (1958)
Anna Kalman
Anastasia (1956)
Anastasia, also known as Anna Korov and Anna Anderson
Elena and Her Men (1956)
Giovanna d'Arco al Rogo (1955)
Journey to Italy (1955)
Katherine Joyce
Fear (1954)
Irene Wagner
Siamo Donne (1953)
Europa '51 (1952)
Europa '51 (1952)
Irene Girard
Stromboli (1950)
Karin Bjiorsen
Under Capricorn (1949)
Lady Henrietta [Hattie] Flusky
Arch of Triumph (1948)
Joan Madou
Joan of Arc (1948)
Joan [D'Arc]
Notorious (1946)
Alicia Huberman
Saratoga Trunk (1946)
Clio Dulaine
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Sister Mary Benedict
Spellbound (1945)
Dr. Constance Peterson
Gaslight (1944)
Paula Alquist [Anton]
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Maria
Casablanca (1942)
Ilsa Lund
Rage in Heaven (1941)
Stella Bergen
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Ivy Peterson
Adam Had Four Sons (1941)
Emilie Gallatin
June Night (1940)
Intermezzo, a Love Story (1939)
Anita [Hoffman]
Only One Night (1939)
A Woman's Face (1938)
Dollar (1938)
Pa solsidan (1936)
Intermezzo (1936)
Anita Hoffman
Swedenhielms (1935)
Walpurgis Night (1935)
The Count of The Old Town (1934)

Cast (Special)

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love - Beautiful but Funny (1982)
Childhood (1977)
Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1961)
Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (1961)
Clare Lester

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

A Woman Called Golda (1982)

Life Events

1935

Film acting debut in "Munkbrogreven/Count from Munkbro/The Count of the Monk's Bridge"

1939

In Hollywood; debut in "Intermezzo" (remake of earlier Swedish film (1936) which she also starred in)

1940

Broadway debut in "Liliom" (dir. Gregory Ratoff)

1950

Senator Edward C. Johnson attacked RKO for exploiting Bergman's behavior in ads for the Italian import "Stromboli" (1950) and denounced her as "a powerful influence for evil" in the US Senate on March 14; he also called for the licensing of filmmakers and stars, so that permits could be revoked if they were found guilty of mortal turpitude

1956

After Jean Renoir's "Elena et les hommes/Paris Does Strange Things" (France, 1955), returned to Hollywood for "Anastasia"

1959

US TV debut as Miss Giddens in John Frankenheimer's adaptation of "The Turn of the Screw"

Photo Collections

Casablanca - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Warner Bros' Casablanca (1942), directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains.
Indiscreet - Movie Poster
Indiscreet - Movie Poster
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Movie Poster
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Movie Poster
Gaslight - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos taken during the making of Gaslight (1944), starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.
Notorious - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Notorious (1946), starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Spellbound - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Spellbound (1945). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Bells of St. Mary's - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), starring Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, and Ingrid Bergman. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Casablanca - Ingrid Bergman Publicity Stills
Here are several photos of Ingrid Bergman taken to help publicize Casablanca (1943). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Saratoga Trunk - Wardrobe Stills
Here are a few wardrobe stills from Saratoga Trunk (1946). Such test stills were taken prior to principal photography to approve the look and design of costumes.
Notorious - Movie Poster
Here is an original-release half-sheet movie poster for Notorious (1946), starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Half-sheets measured 22 x 28 inches.
Casablanca (1942) - Production Documents
The following production materials from the film Casablanca (1942) include office memos, telegrams, sheet music, call sheets and other materials.
Gaslight - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie Posters from Gaslight (1944), starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Joseph Cotten.
Gaslight - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Gaslight (1944). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Intermezzo (1936) - She's Magnificent Back home in Sweden after a world tour with violinist Professor Brandt, his promoter Charles (Erik “Bullen” Berglund) visits his now-retired accompanist Thomas (Hugo Bjõrne), who introduces his own student Anita (Ingrid Bergman, at 21 already becoming Sweden’s biggest film star), in the original (preceding her own Hollywood re-make) Intermezzo, 1936.
Intermezzo (1936) - What Are You Teaching My Daughter? Listening with his daughter (Britt Hagman) then playing along, Professor Brandt (Gösta Ekman), because he’s just back from a two-year concert tour, hasn’t met her new piano teacher Anita Hoffman (Ingrid Bergman), in the original Swedish production of Intermezzo, 1936, directed by Gustaf Molander.
Intermezzo (1936) - Throwing Caution To The Winds On the town in Stockholm, after playing together for the first time, and having dismissed the spectacular spontaneous idea of accompanying him on his next tour, world class violinist Holger (Gösta Ekman) swoons with director Gustaf Molander over Ingrid Bergman as Anita, his daughter’s piano instructor, in the original Intermezzo, 1936.
Casablanca (1942) - Of All The Gin Joints... A most famous scene, American ex-pat saloon owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in wartime Morocco, with employee Sam (Dooley Wilson), brooding over Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) having turned up at his joint, a flashback montage revealing why, in Casablanca, 1942.
Casablanca (1942) - You Are A Subject Of The German Reich Czech resistance hero Lazlo (Paul Henreid) and consort Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) arrive at Rick's Cafe, surprising Sam (Dooley Wilson), meeting Norwegian Berger (John Qualen), French Renault (Claude Rains) and German Strasser (Conrad Veidt), early in Casablanca, 1942.
Gaslight (1944) - You Shall Have Your Dream Vacationing at Lake Como, new husband Gregory (Charles Boyer) mentions his apparently coincidental dream of a home in London, identical to the home in which his traumatized wife Paula (Ingrid Bergman) found her murdered aunt, early in George Cukor's Gaslight, 1944.
Gaslight (1944) - Free Yourself From The Past From director George Cukor’s opening in foggy London, we jump ten years to Italy where Ingrid Bergman has matured, but is losing interest in opera, to the dismay of her devoted teacher (Emil Rameau as Maestro Guardi), and Charles Boyer appears in his first scene as a mere hired accompanist, in Gaslight, 1944.
Autumn Sonata (1978) - Calm, Clear And Harsh Famous pianist Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) instructs her amateur daughter Eva (Liv Ullmann) on Chopin's Prelude No. 24, as they visit after a long separation, in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, 1978.
Autumn Sonata (1978) - I Was A Huge Success Finishing a long discourse on the death of a friend, famous pianist Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) gets back to the business of her visit to daughter Eva (Liv Ullmann), after many years apart, in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, 1978.
Rage In Heaven (1941) - Nobody Is Afraid Of Me First architect Ward (George Sanders) swoons over European war refugee Stella (Ingrid Bergman) on the English estate belonging to his friend and her employer, son Philip (Robert Montgomery) and mother (Lucile Watson), who confer about them, though he’s a bit weird, early in MGM’s Rage In Heaven 1941.
Rage In Heaven (1941) - The Moon Made Me Sentimental Idle rich Englishman Philip (Robert Montgomery), who can’t be bothered to run the family steel-works, exhibits more odd yet romantic behavior toward Stella (Ingrid Bergman), his mother’s war refugee assistant, obsessing about his friend Ward, and confirming he’s sometimes impersonated him, in Rage In Heaven 1941.
Rage In Heaven (1941) - She's A Refugee Director W.S. Van Dyke II, from a script by Christopher Isherwood and Robert Thoeren, introduces his three top-billed stars, after an opening in which a patient named Andrews, whom we never saw, escaped from an asylum in wartime England, we meet Robert Montgomery, George Sanders, then Ingrid Bergman, in Rage In Heaven 1941.

Trailer

Goodbye Again (1961) - (Original Trailer) Ingrid Bergman trades Yves Montand for young Anthony Perkins in the Parisian romance Goodbye Again (1961) with fashions by Christian Dior.
For Whom the Bell Tolls -- (Original Trailer) Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman fight the good fight in Spain in the movie of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943).
Anastasia - (Original Trailer) A group of exiled Russians claim to have found the living daughter (Ingrid Bergman) of the Tsar in Anastasia (1956).
Saratoga Trunk - (Re-issue Trailer) A woman with a past returns to 19th-Century New Orleans for revenge in Saratoga Trunk (1945) starring Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper.
Casablanca - (Original Trailer) An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up in Casablanca (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart.
Notorious - (Original Trailer) U.S. agent Cary Grant recruits Ingrid Bergman to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring in Brazil in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946).
Rage in Heaven - (Re-issue Trailer) A jealous man plots to fake his death and incriminate his wife's suspected lover in Rage In Heaven (1941) starring Ingrid Bergman.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) - (Original Trailer) Spencer Tracy plays a scientist whose investigations into the nature of good and evil transform him into a dangerous split personality - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941). It co-stars Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner and was based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel.
Murder on the Orient Express - (Original Trailer) Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a mysterious businessman on a train ride in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)starring Albert Finney.
Cactus Flower - (Original Trailer) A philandering dentist asks his assistant to help him deal with his latest girlfriend in Cactus Flower (1969) starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn.
Gaslight (1944) - (Re-issue Trailer) A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion in Gaslight (1944), starring Ingrid Bergman.
Yellow Rolls-Royce, The - (Original Trailer) A classic car changes the lives of three sets of owners in The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964) starring Rex Harrison, Shirley MacLaine and Ingrid Bergman.

Promo

Family

Justus Bergman
Father
Swedish.
Friedel Bergman
Mother
German.
Pia Lindstrom
Daughter
Film and theater critic. Born in 1938; father Petter Lindstrom; Bergman lost custody of Pia when she moved to Italy in 1949.
Roberto Rossellini Jr
Son
Born in 1950.
Isabella Rossellini
Daughter
Actor, model. Twin; born on June 18, 1952.
Ingrid Aborne
Daughter
Scholar in Italian literature. Twin; born on June 18, 1952.

Companions

Petter Lindstrom
Husband
Dentist. Married on June 10, 1937; divorced in 1949; remarried in 1954; died at age 93 on May 24, 2000 in Sonoma, California.
Robert Capa
Companion
Photographer. Bergman detailed their relationship in her memoirs.
Roberto Rossellini
Husband
Director. Married on May 1950; separated in 1956; marriage annulled in 1957; was separated from Anna Magnani when he began relationship with Bergman.
Lars Schmidt
Husband
Impresario. Married in December 1958.

Bibliography

"As Time Goes By: The Life of Ingrid Bergman"
Laurence Leamer, Harper & Row (1986)
"Ingrid Bergman--My Story"
Ingrid Bergman and Alan Burgess, Sphere (1981)
"Ingrid Bergman--An Intimate Portrait"
Joseph Steele Henry, W.H. Allen & Co. (1960)