Ingrid Bergman

Legendary Actress

A Swedish actress, one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses in Hollywood, known for her roles in the classic Casablanca, Gaslight, and Anastasia.

One of the greatest actresses from Hollywood’s lamented Golden Era, Ingrid Bergman with naturally luminous beauty, starred in a variety of European and American films. No other actress worked in so many languages and styles, all over the world.

Ingrid Bergman’s immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. She appeared in classics such as Casablanca, Gaslight and Alfred Hitchcock thrillers – Spellbound and Notorious. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and the Tony Award for Best Actress.

In 1973, Ingrid Bergman was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a long battle with the cancer, she passed away on her 67th birthday, August 29, 1982, in Chelsea, London.

Name:   Ingrid  Bergman
Born:   29 August 1915
Star Sign: Virgo
Died:   29 August 1982
Birthplace: Stockholm
Country: Sweden
Justus Samuel Bergman (1871–1929)
Friedel (Adler) Bergman (1884–1918)
Petter Aron Lindström (1937-1950); Roberto Rossellini (1957-1957); Lars Schmidt (1958-1975)
Pia Lindström, Isabella Rossellini , Isotta Ingrid Rossellini, Roberto Ingmar Rossellini

Early Life
Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29, 1915. Her German mother, Friedel Adler Bergman, died when Ingrid was just three years old. Her Swedish father, Justus Samuel Bergman raised Ingrid until his death, when Ingrid was just 13 years old. Ingrid's father who owned a photography shop had encouraged Ingrid's artistic pursuits.

After her father's death, Ingrid lived with an unmarried aunt, who also died within months. She then spent her teenage years with an uncle and his family.

First Performances
Bergman attended private school where she performed in numerous plays. In the early 1930s, Bergman enrolled at the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm. Sheleft after a year and began her professional career.

Bergman made her first feature film debut in 1934, in 'Monkbrogreven' but, it wasn’t until she starred in the 1936 romantic drama 'Intermezzo' that she reached national fame. The following year, Bergman married Swedish doctor Petter Lindstrom and had a daughter, Friedel Pia.

Moving to Hollywood
Bergman's performance in 'Intermezzo' caught the attention of Hollywood film producer, David Selznick, who bought the rights to remake the film in Hollywood. His Hollywood version of 'Intermezzo: A Love Story' with Bergman's performance was a success, so Selznick signing Bergman to a seven-year contract.

In 1941, Bergman appeared in three successful films - Adam Had Four Sons, Rage in Heaven, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Successful Movie Roles
In 1942, Bergman's starred in her most famous role as Ilsa, in the wartime romance 'Casablanca' with Humphrey Bogart. It was a box office success and an enduring classic. With the success of 'Casablanca' Bergman quickly became a full-fledged movie star.

In 1943, Bergman co-starred with Gary Cooper in the film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's - 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Hollywood glory
Known for her cheerful nature, Bergman stood out from her dainty peers, refusing to wear high heels and happily eating four ice creams a day, before living on cottage cheese in the run-up to a film.

In 1944, Bergman's role in 'Gaslight' opposite Charles Boyer won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film was the peak of her Hollywood glory. In 1945, Bergman played a nun in 'The Bells of St. Mary's' opposite Bing Crosby, for which she received her third consecutive nomination for Best Actress.

Hitchcock films
Bergman starred in two of Alfred Hitchock's thrillers - 'Spellbound' in 1945 with Gregory Peck, and 'Notorious' in 1946 with Cary Grant. Her portrayal of a spy in 'Notorious,' was considered one of her greatest performances.

In 1946, Ingrid returned to Broadway and took the role of Joan of Arc, in the play 'Joan of Lorraine' which won her a Tony Award for Best Actress. In 1948, she starred in the film version of 'Joan of Arc' and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Scandal and Adversity
In 1949, Bergman contacted Italian director, Roberto Rossellini expressing her desire to work in one of his films. He responded by giving her a part in his 1949 film 'Stromboli'. During the production, Bergman and Rossellini began an affair that changed her previous wholesome image. In 1950, the couple married, and Bergman gave birth to son, Roberto.

Between 1950 and 1955 Bergman and her husband moved to Italy and made five movies. They also gave birth to twins, Isabella and Isotta. In 1956, Bergman divorced Rossellini.

The Triumphant Return
In 1956, Bergman, returned to Hollywood and rejuvenated her career by starring in 'Anastasia' with Yul Brynnar. She won another Oscar for Best Actress. Over the next decade, Bergman worked in films, television and on the stage. In 1959, she won an Emmy for 'The Turn of the Screw.'

In 1965, Bergman made her London theater debut in the play 'A Month in the Country'. Back in the United States in 1967, Bergman starred in the play 'More Stately Mansions'. She also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Hollywood Boulevard.

Final Curtain
In 1974, Bergman won Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar in 'Murder on the Orient Express'. In 1975, she divorced third husband, Lars Schmidt whom she was married to for 17 years and Bergman also found out that she had breast cancer. Despite her failing health, she continued to work.

In 1978, Bergman completed the film, 'Autumn Sonata' for which she won the Best Actress Academy Award. Her last appearance was in 'A Woman Called Golda' (1981), biographical short-series about the Prime Minister Golda Meir. Bergman won three Academy Awards for acting, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress

Marriage and Family
Ingrid Bergman married Petter Aron Lindström from 1937 - 1950, and had daughter, Friedel Pia Lindström. She married Roberto Rossellini and had Roberto Ingmar Rossellini and twins - Isotta Ingrid Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini. Five years later they divorced. In 1958, Bergman married Lars Schmidt until 1975.

Her daughters Pia Lindstrom became a television reporter and actress, and Isabella Rossellini has an extensive career as an actress.

Ingrid's last acting role was as the Israeli prime minister, the 1982, "A Woman Called Golda." All through filming, she was seriously ill but played the art to perfection. The role won her both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Ingrid was best known for her roles in "Casablanca" and "Notorious", but she won three Oscars for "Gaslight", "Anastasia", and "Murder on the Orient Express," and was a seven-time nominee.

Ingrid appeared in over 50 films.

Her daughter Pia, is a television personality and actress and Isabella Rossellini became a model and actress. She acted with Isabella in “Matter of Time” in 1976.

Ingrid Bergman drove herself around town in a small grey coupe. Ingrid Bergman usually didn’t wear any make-up at all.

Ingrid was a multi-lingual as well. Ingrid acted in 5 different languages- Swedish, English, French, German and Italian.

Ingrid Bergman was always punctual, professional, and fully prepared.

Ingrid was born and died on her birthday - August 29th.

Ingrid Bergman always honored her agreements and kept her word.

Bergman played Joan of Arc in the Broadway production, “Joan of Lorraine”, in 1946. She received critical acclaim for the role that was to be one of her best ever.

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."

"I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say."

"Be yourself. The world worships the original."

"Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!"

"When one never speaks, one has nothing to say because one has too much to say."

"You must train your intuition - you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide."

"I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success."

"I regret the things I didn't do, not what I did."

"I can do everything with ease on the stage, whereas in real life I feel too big and clumsy. So I didn't choose acting. It chose me"


On August 29, 1982, on her 67th birthday, Ingrid Bergman lost her seven-year battle with cancer, and passed away in her London home. Her funeral was held in the Swedish church in West London. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered off the coast of Sweden except for a tiny part, which was kept to be interred in the Norra Begravningsplatsen cemetery in Stockholm, - a burial site for a number of Swedish notables.

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