Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy 100th Birthday Ingrid Bergman!!

Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of Ingrid Bergman (though TCM is showing several of her films today...). It is also the 33rd anniversary of her death.


The 5'9" Swedish beauty was born in Stockholm in 1915. Her other died when Ingrid was 2 and her father when she was 12. Ingrid, who went to live with an uncle, became interested in acting when she was 17, after being an extra in a Swedish film. She enrolled in the Swedish Royal theater with her uncle's blessing. She made her break in the Swedish film Intermezzo (1936). David O. Selznick saw the film and put Ingrid under contract. She then reprised her role in Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939). After making three more Swedish films she returned to Hollywood to make Casablanca (1942). It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

With her father and at age 14

Practically every film Ingrid made after that was a classic: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), Spellbound (1945), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Saratoga Trunk (1945), Notorious (1946), Joan of Arc (1948), Under Capricorn (1949), Anastasia (1956), and Indiscreet (1958). She was nominated for numerous Oscars and won for her performances in Gaslight and Anastasia. Read more about her films here.

Ingrid was married three times. With Dr. Peter Aron Lindstrom, whom she married at the age of 22 on 10 July 1937, she had one daughter, Pia (born the following year on Sept. 20).

On her wedding day and with her first child, Pia

In 1950 she had her famous affair with Roberto Rossellini, the director of her film Stromboli. Her second child, Roberto Ingmar Rossellini was born 2 Feb 1950. In March, Ingrid and Peter divorced and in May she married Rossellini. They had two more children: twins Isabella and Isotta on 18 June 1952. During this time Ingrid stayed in Italy to make films. All six were with Rossellini. She did not return to Hollywood until 1956 when she starred in Anastasia.

Rossellini and Ingrid, 1954

With twins Isabella and Isotta, Rome 1952

In 1957 Ingrid and Rossellini divorced. The following year she married Lars Schmidt. They had their own island in Sweden called Danholmen. They divorced in 1978.

Interesting article on The Appetite of Ingrid Bergman.

Robertino, Ingrid, Isabella & Isotta, and Pia - 1959
Ingrid's daughter, Isabella, who bears a striking resemblance to her mother,
and her daughter, Elettra
Interview of Elettra with link to family recipe.

In 1980, uged by her children, Ingrid wrote her autobiography, "My Story." She retired from acting in 1982 at the age of 66, after making the mini-series A Woman Called Golda. She died on her 67th birthday, shortly after lymphoma complications following a breast cancer operation. Her ashes were scattered off the coast of Sweden into the sea.

Statue in Fjallbacka, Sweden
Photo Album (click image to view larger):
This post is part of The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema and the 2015 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film. Be sure to visit both blogs for posts on the birthday girl!
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  1. Nice little over-view of Ingrid Bergman's life. She was a beauty. ( And I've signed up for your blogathon. Good luck with that as well! )

  2. Beautiful tribute to Ingrid Bergman. That was quite a life she led!

    What a striking beauty she was, even at age 14.

    1. Thank you! I wish I would have looked that pretty at 14!!

  3. I had never seen that photo of Ingrid on her wedding day to Peter. What a find! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I googled it expecting nothing to came up and was excited when something did!! I love her veil!!!

  4. Great portrait of our beloved Ingrid! Thanks for taking part of the blogathon :)

    1. Thank you!!! And thanks so much for hosting!!! I really enjoyed it and all the posts I've read so far have been fantastic!!! Ingrid would be proud :)

    2. I hope she would! :) And you're welcome!
      Of course I also invite you to read my article for the blogathon, a tribute to Ingrid Bergman in honour of her 100th :)

  5. Awww, dear Ingrid. I haven't watched nearly enough of her movies, although I do intend on rewatching Gaslight sometime this year, and I should probably give Casablanca another try. One of my sister's favorite films is The Inn of the Sixth Happiness so that's probably a role of hers that I'm most familiar with.

    1. I haven't seen "The Inn of..." I love "Gaslight"!

  6. What a mervelous article! These pictures are everything. I had never seen many fo them, like Ingrid and her father, on her wedding day or with baby Pia. You certainly put a lot of effort on your post and it shows! Congratulations ;)
    Thanks for the kind comment!

    1. I had never seen many of these pictures before either! Thank you!!!

  7. I do like watching Igrid Bergman. She was born in Sweden and so was I. I wonder if her daughter Pia ho was born in Sweden can speak and understand Swedish.