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Ingrid Bergman

Swedish actress

Died when: 67 years 0 days (804 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

Ingrid Bergman Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American feature films, television films, and plays. A career that spanned five decades, Bergman is often regarded as one of the most prominent and influential figures in the history of cinema. She was the recipient of a multitude of accolades, including three Academy Awards, a British Academy Film Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and four Golden Globe Awards. Born in Stockholm to a Swedish father and a German mother, Bergman made her acting debut at age nineteen with the Swedish comedy film The Count of the Old Town (1935). Following a series of smaller roles, her first major film role came with the Swedish romantic drama Intermezzo (1936), which lead to interest from Hollywood. Bergman's introduction to the English speaking audiences came with the English-language remake of Intermezzo (1939). Bergman went on establish herself as one of the most prominent movie stars of the 1940s, with starring roles in a series of acclaimed and successful films like; Casablanca (1942), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), and Joan of Arc (1948), all of which garnered her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress; she won the award for Gaslight. During this period, she formed a successful collaboration with filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in films like; Spellbound (1945), and Notorious (1946). Drawn to the Italian neorealism movement, Bergman starred in Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli (1950). Following the revelation that she was having an extramarital affair with the director, created a scandal in the United States that forced her to remain in Europe for several years, during which she starred in Rossellini's Journey to Italy (1954), now critically acclaimed. She made a successful return to working for a Hollywood studio in Anastasia (1956), winning her second Academy Award for Best Actress. In her later years, Bergman began playing character roles across the genres. She became one of only six thespians to have won three or more Oscars, winning her third Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for Murder on the Orient Express (1974). She collaborated with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in the Swedish drama Autumn Sonata (1978), which garnered her a seventh and final Academy Award nomination. Her final acting role came with her portrayal of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the television film A Woman Called Golda (1982), for which she was posthumously awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. On 29 August 1982, Bergman died on her sixty-seventh birthday from breast cancer. According to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Bergman quickly became "the ideal of American womanhood" and a contender for Hollywood's greatest leading actress. In the United States, she is considered to have brought a "Nordic freshness and vitality" to the screen, along with exceptional beauty and intelligence; David O. Selznick once called her "the most completely conscientious actress" he had ever worked with. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bergman as the fourth greatest female star of the Classical Hollywood cinema.
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