Monday, August 29, 2011

Here's Looking at You Kid - Ingrid Bergman Born and Died, Aug 29 1915 - 1982

Born in Stockholm Sweden in 1915, Bergman always knew she wanted to become an actress.  At the age of 17 she entered an acting competition and while she thought she had failed, she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, where Garbo had attended a few years prior.

After only one year she was hired by Swedish film studios and discovered by David O. Selznik, who brought her to the US for her first major role,  Intermezzo: A Love Story.  Unable to speak much english and unwilling to alter her appearance to match the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Ingrid was convinced this would be her only role and she would return to Sweden after filming.

"Miss Bergman is the most completely conscientious actress with whom I have ever worked, in that she thinks of absolutely nothing but her work before and during the time she is doing a picture ... She practically never leaves the studio, and even suggested that her dressing room be equipped so that she could live here during the picture. She never for a minute suggests quitting at six o'clock or anything of the kind... Because of having four stars acting in Gone with the Wind, our star dressing-room suites were all occupied and we had to assign her a smaller suite. She went into ecstasies over it and said she had never had such a suite in her life... All of this is completely unaffected and completely unique and I should think would make a grand angle of approach to her publicity... so that her natural sweetness and consideration and conscientiousness become something of a legend... and is completely in keeping with the fresh and pure personality and appearance which caused me to sign her..."  -

Intermezzo was a huge box office success. She relocated to Hollywood and began a career that would span over 5 decades.  While all her films were moderate to major successes, the role she is most famous for was in Casablanca in 1942.  The movie won 3 academy awards and solidified Bergman's place in the A-list of the golden age of Hollywood.


From Gaslight to Anastasia, all of Bergman's films were critically hailed.  Even through an 8 year battle with cancer, she continued to work and never let on just how bad her condition was. Ingrid's last acting role was in the 1982 television miniseries "A Woman Called Golda," in which she portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, a role that won her both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. 

                                   She died on her 67th birthday after losing her battle with cancer in London England. 

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