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Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (Stockholm, Sweden, August 29, 1915 -
London, England, August 29, 1982).
When still very young, she lost both of her parents and was raised by some
relatives; she studied at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm and had a
small role in Munkbrogreven (1934), her first movie. After a dozen films in
Sweden, she went to USA for Intermezzo (1939) which gave her popularity.
One of her most famous parts was in Casablanca (1942), playing opposite
In the 1950s she met Roberto Rossellini, became his mistress and played in
his Stromboli (1950); they were both married to other people, and their
affair became a scandal which caused her some professional troubles. When
she had a baby with Rossellini, she was described as "Hollywood's apostle of
It was with Anastasia, a few years later, that she could again publicly
appear as a star, and in 1978 she played in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata,
considered one of her best performances.
She could speak Swedish, German, French, English and Italian fluently, which
caused fellow actor John Gielgud's remark "She speaks five languages, and
can't act in any of them."
She died of cancer on her birthday in 1982. She was cremated in Sweden, her