Ingrid Bergman-known as the first lady of hollywood

Who is Ingrid bergman?

Ingrid Bergman
Birthday-29 August, 1915: Place of Birth- Stockholm, Sweden: Died August 29, 1982, Chelsea, London, England, UK

Ingrid Bergman was an Academy Award winning Swedish actress born on 29 August, 1915 who dominated European, American cinema television movies, and plays. She was an actress whose natural charm, beauty, freshness and intelligence made her the image of sincerity and idealized womanhood.

She was born to Justus Samuel Bergman and Frieda Henrietta (Adler). Her mother was a German and her father was a Swedish father who was an artist and photographer. She was One of the most influential biggest stars of 1940’s and 1950’s. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942) opposite Humphrey Bogar, a World War II drama and as Alicia Huberman in Alfred Hitchcock thriller Notorious (1946) co-starring Cary Grant.

Early Life and Education of Ingrid Bergman

She had a very difficult childhood. Her mother had died when she was just only 2 years old and her father also died when she was 12. She was raised by one of her elderly uncle. She studied her primary education from private schools. She was good at her studies. As a young girl, she was shy however had a taste in acting and performed regularly in her school plays.

She once said “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; acting chose me.” At the age of 17 she played an uncredited role of a girl in a Swedish film Landskamp (1932). In 1933 she enrolled in the Royal Dramatic Theatre School in Stockholm for a year.

Ingrid Bergman

Height,Weight & Zodiac sign of Ingrid Bergman

Height 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)
Body Measurements 34-24-34 inches
Weight 61 kg (135 lbs)
Waist 24 inches
Hair Colour Light Brown
Eye Color Blue
Shoe Size 9 (US)
Zodiac Sign Virgo


What was the height of Ingrid Bergman?

The height of Ingrid Bergman was 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) 

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Ingrid Bergman acting Career

Ingrid Bergman known as the first lady of hollywood had already been a leading actress in Swedish films before working in Hollywood. She started her film career in Sweden in 1935. Her Swedish films include- Munkbrogreven (1935; The Count of the Old Monk’s Bridge), the romantic drama Intermezzo (1936) and En kvinnas ansikte (1938; A Woman’s Face).

Eventually she caught the attention of David O. Selznick, Hollywood film producer. He was impressed by her acting skills and offered her to Hollywood. In 1938 she came to the United States and starred in the holylwood remake of her 1936 film, Intermezzo (1939) opposite Leslie Howard. It was her first American movie and was a box-office hit. The film immediately established her in the eyes of the critics and the hearts of the public.

Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart - Casablanca
Scene from Casablanca


Top movies of Ingrid Berman

Ingrid Bergman Casablanca(1942)

It was the classic “Casablanca(1942)” that bought fame to the whole world and became one of the most populat star of Hollywood. It was a world II drama in which She starred opposite Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and became one of the best-loved films ever made. The romantic masterpiece war, drama and romance was directed by Michael Curtiz.

At the height of World War II, Rick Blaine runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco which is full of Spies and German officials. Victor with her beautiful wife Ilsa played by Ingrid arrives in Casablanca. Victor was a French rebel leaders who is being haunted by German officials and only Rick can help him reach the Us through proper documents.The film shows friendship, love, and sacrifice of love for a greater cause.

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

In 1943 came her first colour film ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ (1943) where she played the role of Maria a young guerrilla fighter during the Spanish Civil war which also featured with Gary Cooper. The film was based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the same title. She earned her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as Maria.

Gaslight (1944)

In 1945 ” Ingrid Bergman won her first Oscar for her portrayal of as a frightened wife of Charles Boyer in “Gaslight” (1944). It was a psychological thriller directed by George Cukor. The film was set in Victoria London. Paula portrayed by Bergman was a famous opera singer who lives with her aunt in London moves to Italy after her aunt is killed. 10 years after her aunt was murdered .

Paula returns from Italy in the 1880s to resume residence with her new husband who was her accompanist pianist Gregory Anton (played by Boyer). After many twist and turns it was later found out that her husband was the murderer of her Paula’s aunt. In the last scene Paula handed her husband to police ignoring his pleas for mercy.. This scene won Bergman her first Oscar Award in 1945.

Spellbound (1945)

Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock’s teamed together in three films- Spellbound (1945),Notorious (1946) and Under Capricorn (1949). Spellbound was based on the 1927 novel The House of Edwards by Dr. Hilary St. George Saunders and John Palmer. Starred by Gregory Peck along with Ingrid Bergman,  Produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is about a psychiatrist who protects the identity of an amnesiac patient accused of murder while trying to regain his memory. The film was a commercial and critical success. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Hitchcock’s first Oscar nomination for Best Director.

Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck
scene from Spellbound


Notorious (1946)

In “Notorious” (1946), Bergman played the role of Alicia Huberman daughter of a guilty a Nazi spy. American agent played by Cary Grant sends her as an agent to Brazil and to sedue an old acquaintance played by Claude Rains to thwart a German conspiracy. The film was emotionally complex and on-screen chemistry between Bergman and Grant was loved.

In Under Capricorn (1949), she worked alongside Joseph Cotten. It was one of the least popular film of Hitchcock.

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

The film starred Bergman opposite Bing Crosby and directed by Leo McCarey. She played the role of a beautiful nun Mary Benedict, for her performance she recieved her third Oscar nomination and won her second Golden Globe Award. The film won the Academy Award for Best Sound Recording and also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role by Bing Crosby for his portrayal of Father Chuck O’Malley making him the first actor to receive two nominations for portraying the same character.

In 1946, she starred in “Joan of Lorraine,“. It was one of the great critical successes.

Joan of Arc (1948)

It was written by Maxwell Anderson, directed by Victor Fleming and starred by Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, George Coulouris. The film was adapted from Maxwell Anderson’s play. Ingrid Bergman earned her fourth oscar award nomination for her role as the Maid of Orleans.

Stromboli (1950) and  Anastasia (1956)

In 1948, at the peak of her career, she had written a letter to Italian director Roberto Rossellini, her second future, whom she had impressed his work in “Open City,”. She praised his work and volunteering him to make a film with her. She worked in the number of films of Rossellini, the first one being “Stromboli” (1950). 

During the shooting of “Stromboli” she had fallen in love with Rossellini and was pregnant with Rossellini’s child when she was already in married with her first husband . Stromboli is the name of the island in Italy where they fell in love. It created a scandal in the U.S, for she could return to US and had to remain in Europe for several years. Her movies were banned even in the Soviet Union . she did not return to the US until 1957.

However nothing could destroy her career, she had a come back in Hollywood with her movie “Anastasia”, for which she recieved her second Academy Award for her role as Anna. A film in which She played an amnesiac who bears a striking resemblance to Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia, who is said to have survived the massacre of the the Bolshevik Revolution. “Anastasia was written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Anatole Litvak. It was starred by Ingrid Bergman allong with Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes.

Indiscreet (1958)

In 1958 came “Indiscreet“, written by Norman Krasna and directed by Stanley Donen. It was starred by Ingrid Bergman opposite Cary Grant. She earned her fifth Golden Globe nomination for role as Anna Kalman. Anna was an actress who has lost the hope of finding love. However things change when she met, charming, smart, and handsome economist man, Philip Adams (Cary Grant) an economist who claims that he is alreadys married but actually he is single.

Cactus Flower (1969)

In  1969 came “Cactus Flower”. It was based on the play by Abe Burrows and directed by Gene Saks.Starring Ingrid Bergman Walter Matthau and Goldie Hawn. It was the eighth highest-grossing film of 1969 and most commercial films film of Bergman. She received her sixth Golden Globe nomination for her role as Miss Dickinson, a nurse to Dr. Julian Winston (Walter Matthau). It was about a nurse who is scretly in love with her boss, the dentist doctor Julian Winston.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

It was based on the crime novel of “Agatha Christie”. The film was written by Paul Dehn and directed by Sidney Lumet. Starring Ingrid Bergman along with Sean Cornery,Lauren Bacall and Albert Finney. Bergman won her third Academy Award for supporting role category and it was her first Academy Award for the supporting category.The film is about the murder Of an American tycoon on the Orient EXpress. Every one of the passengers are suspects. Among the passenger there was a famous detective Hercule Poirot on vacation, he interrupted to solve the case. Bergman played the role of missionary Greta Ohlsson.

Autumn Sonata (1978)

It was written and by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Ingrid Bergman alongwith Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman.It was Bergman’s final screen appearance. Her later were television productions.Bergman played the role of a renowned pianist Charlotte. The film is about a pianist and her neglected daughter who has not seen each other for seven years. It explores the deepest emotion between a mother and her children. Bergman recieved her seventh Academy Award and nomination in a leading role and also her seventh Golden Globe Award for this film. It was also her first Academy Award nomination in Swedish (her native language).

Her final appearance came in a television mini series “A Woman Called Golda”(1982) in which she played the role of late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. She won her second Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role.

Ingrid Bergman Spouse and Children

Bergman married three times. For the first time she married on 10 July 1937, at the age of 21 with dentist, Petter Lindstrom. The couple had together one daughter, Pia Lindstrom. Their marriage ended in Mexico after Bergman met Italian director Roberto Rossellini.

Bergman had fallen in love with Rossellini, who was also already married, and was pregnant with Rossellini’s child during the shooting of Strombili(1950), although married to Dr. Peter Lindstrom. Her relation with Rossellini almost ruined her career completely. Their relation was at the height of scandal and her fans was shocked that she was going to have a child out of wedlock. She was banned to return to the United States until 1957 and the outrage was so serious that Congress got involved. Her movies were also banned even in Russia.

A son was born before their marriage. A week later after her son Roberto was born she divorced Lindström according to Mexican Law and married Rossellini on May 24,1950. Bergman and Rossellini had together three children- a son and a twin girls-Isabella and Ingrid. Isabella became an actress and Isotta became a professor. However Their marriage was annulled in 1958.

She married for the third time in 1958 to a Swedish bussinessman, Lars Schmidt. This mariage also ended in divorce in 1975. They had no children. 

Ingrid Bergman cause of death

Ingrid Bergman-Last photo
Ingrid Bergman-Last photo

In 1974, when she managed to received her second Academy Award for “The Murder on the Orient Express”,she was diagnosed as having breast cancer. She underwent mastectomies. But nothing could stop her presensce as an actress, she continued to work until shortly before her death on her birthday, August 29, 1982, at the age of 67. Her third husband, Lars was by the side of Bergman when she died.

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