Ingrid Bergman, born August 29, 1915, was world renowned for the beauty, charm and strength that embodied the characters she played on film and on stage. The world salutes and remembers the three-time Oscar-winning star of Hollywood classics “Casablanca” and “Notorious” on this legendary star’s centennial.
It is no surprise that the Swedish beauty is ranked as the Fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. In addition to her Oscars, Bergman won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. Of course, she is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), opposite Humphrey Bogart, and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Cary Grant. However, she had many other notable performances as well including “For Whom the Bell Tolls,””Gaslight,” ” The Bell’s of St. Mary’s,” and “Anastasia.”
Idolized by fans for her exceptional beauty and intelligence, she fell from grace when it became known that she was having an extramarital affair with director Roberto Rossellini while making the film “Stromboli (1950). The affair, and then marriage with Rossellini, created a scandal in the US that forced her to remain in Europe for several years, when she made a successful Hollywood return in “Anastasia” (1956), for which she won her second Academy Award.
According to the official website, Ingrid Bergman’s last acting role was in the 1982 television miniseries “A Woman Called Golda,” in which she portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, a role that won her both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Then, on August 29, 1982, on her 67th birthday, Ingrid lost her seven-year battle with cancer, and died in her London home.
Ingrid Bergman Trivia per IMDB
Attempts were made by Hollywood producers to change her name in 1939, with possibilities discussed such as Ingrid Berriman and Ingrid Lindstrom (actually her legal married name). Bergman refused, in part because she felt she had worked too hard to establish herself as an actress in Europe under her real name.
She played the part of Joan of Arc three times in her career: on stage in 1946 (in Maxwell Anderson’s ‘Joan of Lorraine’) and on film in 1948 (Joan of Arc (1948)) and 1954 (Giovanna d’Arco al rogo (1954)
Former mother-in-law of Martin Scorsese
Many of her shorter male co-stars, such as Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains, had to wear lifts to avoid looking small next to this 5′ 10″ beauty
Turned down the role opposite Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes (1968)
She and her husband were often invited to dinner parties at the home of Alfred Hitchcock. According to those present, she never seemed to notice that her host was sulking because of his crush on her
Was fluent in English, Swedish, French, German and Italian
Her famous love affair with the war photographer, Robert Capa was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954)
During the making of Casablanca (1942), Humphrey Bogart’s wife Mayo Methot continually accused him of having an affair with Bergman, often confronting him in his dressing room before a shot. Bogart would come onto the set in a rage.
No relation to Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, although the fact that his wife was also a Swedish actress named Ingrid Bergman–also no relation–confused matters greatly.
Anthony Quinn had said about her, “Sometimes in motion pictures you love someone so much, but it doesn’t work on the screen. And you don’t like somebody and you’re wonderful on the screen. The two greatest talents I worked with were Ingrid and Anna Magnani. But I would prefer to work with [Magnani], whom I didn’t like, than Ingrid, whom I loved”
Is one of 13 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are Helen Hayes, Shirley Booth, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Bancroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn and Helen Mirren
At her funeral service held at Saint Martin’s-in-the-fields Church, there was nothing that was as touching as the moment when, a violin played the strains of ‘As Time Goes By’
On 20 August 2015, 9 days before the 100th anniversary of her birth, the USA and Sweden jointly issued three commemorative postage stamps in her honor. The USA issued a single ‘forever’ stamp, in the Legends of Hollywood series, with an original issue price of 49¢. Sweden issued two 14-krona stamps with different designs.
For more on Ingrid Bergman visit her official site.