torsdag 24 februari 2011

Ingrid Bergman

I have always been fascinated by the fact that Sweden, this small country up in the north, has contributed to two of Hollywood's biggest stars ever, Greta Garbo and Ingrid bergman. A nice fact that can make you proud being Swedish.

Ingrid Bergman was born in 1915 and at 17 she started at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School. She was sought after by the Swedish film industry and quit the school after only one year. Ingrid Bergman starred in the Swedish film Intermezzo in 1936 which created international interest and led her to go to Hollywood to make an American version of the film.

With little experience in the English language she signed a seven year contract with producer David O. Selznick. He wanted to change her looks and her name. She refused.

In 1942 Ingrid Bergman starred against Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, which is considered as one of the best films in history and made her into a legend in her own lifetime. She worked with great directors like Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor and starred against leading men like Cary grant, Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy and Gary Copper.

In 1950 she went to Italy to make a film with Roberto Rosselini. They fell in love and Ingrid left her first husband creating a huge scandal in America. After separating from Rosselini in 1956 she was let back to Hollywood, forgiven by her fans and received her second academy award for her performance in Anastasia. She then picked up where she left off and continued her triumphant journey in Hollywood. Ingrid Bergman died in 1982 on 67th birthday in her home in London.

She won three Academy Awards, two Emmys and one Tony. She has been rated as the fourth most important film actress of all time by the American Film Institute. She was eceptionally beautiful and has and still has an important influence on style and fashion.

My favourite of her films is Notorious.


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