Some things I learned about Ingrid Bergman

Most of us know Ingrid Bergman from Casablanca, and some of us have seen her in such films as Gaslight, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Joan of Arc. The other day I decided to learn more about her by listening to  a 2002 radio segment devoted to her life. Here are a few things I learned:

  • She was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Both her parents died when she was a child.
  • She was loved for both her beauty and her acting ability.
  • She was also loved for her combination of European sophistication and American innocence.
  • She wasn’t always innocent, however, getting involved in numerous affairs.
  • Once people found out about the affairs she was vilified.
  • Her appearance was more natural than that of her American actress counterparts (e.g. she didn’t pluck her eyebrows).
  • She played a diversity of roles that gave women more dimension than they had generally been given before.
  • She got used to being in front of a camera during her childhood, when her father habitually took photos of her dressed up in funny hats and costumes.
  • Her acting advice for her daughter, Isabelle Rossellini, was to not do anything. She said that was better than doing something wrong or badly, and that there will always be violins to give your character the right mood.

So there you  have it, some fun facts about the actress!

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