August 29, 2008

聖なる鐘がひびく夜 ~the bells of St. Mary’s version~

Posted in Birthday, Classic Film, Ingrid Bergman at 7:26 am by aiwish472

Today is August 29.

Today is a day of happiness and joy.

On this day in 1915 – 93 years ago, a little baby named Ingrid Bergman was born.

Baby Ingrid would grow up to be one of the most popular and respected actresses of the 1940s, and one of the greatest actresses of all time.

Ingrid was a natural actress; her father would film her acting as a child. (Her mother passed away when she was two.) When she got older, Ingrid studied at the Royal Dramatic Theater for some time, and eventually got her first role in the movies in 1932. She was 17 when she played an extra in Landskamp.

Her first leading role was as Elsa Edlund in the 1935 movie Munkbrogreven.

While Ingrid climbed her way to stardom in Sweden, she married Dr. Petter Lindstrom, had a child named Pia, and moved to the United States, hoping to make it big in Hollywood.

Ingrid achieved much success in Hollywood without a doubt. She worked with some of the best directors, including Ingmar Bergman, Victor Fleming, and Alfred Hitchcock. Ingrid starred in movies including For Whom the Bell Tolls, which was the highest-grossing film of 1943, The Bells of St. Mary’s, which helped form Ingrid’s innocent, natural, almost saintly image, and Casablanca, which is generally regarded as one of the best films of all time. The results of various polls presented her as the most respected actress in the United States at one point.

Ingrid’s career and popularity took a negative turn after she had an affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. She fell in love with him and had a son, Renato Roberto Giusto Giuseppe (“Robin”) Rossellini in 1950. This caused a huge scandal in the United States. Edwin C. Johnson, a Democratic senator from Colorado, even referred to her as “a horrible example of womanhood and a powerful influence for evil.” Some states went as far as banning her films from being shown. On the Ed Sullivan Show, Mr. Sullivan had to take a vote from the audience in order to decide whether to let her on as a guest or not. 5,826 letters were in favor of her segment on the show, but 6,433 were not.

Ingrid and Roberto split up in 1957 – according to a loophole in an Italian law, the marriage had never existed.

In 1956, Ingrid returned to the American screen, playing the leading role in Anastasia. She won a second Academy Award for this performance, and in 1958, presented the Academy Awards for Best Picture. Also in 1958, Ingrid married producer Lars Schmidt. They divorced in 1975.

In 1972, Senator Charles H. Percy entered an apology into the Congressional Record for the attack made on her 22 years earlier by Senator Johnson.

Two years later, in 1974, Ingrid received her third and final Academy Award for playing Greta Ohlsson in Murder on the Orient Express. During the mid- and late-70s, Ingrid worked in the theater in London and New York. She was not a beginner; Ingrid had previously performed at the theater several times.

For her final role in film, Ingrid played Charlotte Andergast in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata. Ingrid’s last role before her death was as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the television mini-series A Woman Called Golda.

After fighting a 9-year battle with cancer, Ingrid Bergman passed away on her birthday, August 29, 1982 at the age of 67.

She is remembered as one of the best actresses of Hollywood’s golden age.

Ingrid on acting:

“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. It chose me.”

There are advantages to being a star though – you can always get a table in a full restaurant.

I made so many films which were more important, but the only one people ever want to talk about is that one with Bogart.

I don’t think anyone has the right to intrude in your life, but they do. I would like people to separate the actress and the woman.

It is not whether you really cry. It’s whether the audience thinks you are crying.

Until 45 I can play a woman in love. After 55 I can play grandmothers. But between those ten years, it is difficult for an actress.

And the biggest statement of them all:

“If you took acting away from me, I’d stop breathing.

Quotes about Ingrid:

“She has a combination of rare beauty, freshness, vitality and ability that is as uncommon as a century plant in bloom.”
~Wanda Hale, a film critic

“There are only seven movie stars in the world whose name alone will induce American bankers to lend money for movie productions, and the only woman on the list is Ingrid Bergman.”
~Cary Grant, actor and friend of Ingrid’s

“She had an extraordinary quality of purity and nobility and a definite star personality that is very rare.”
~David O. Selznick, producer

Ingrid on everything else:

I have grown up alone. I’ve taken care of myself. I worked, earned money and was independent at 18.

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

I do not know how to kiss, or I would kiss you. Where do the noses go?”

I’ve gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime.”

I remember one day sitting at the pool and suddenly the tears were streaming down my cheeks. Why was I so unhappy? I had success. I had security. But it wasn’t enough. I was exploding inside.

“Never again! I can see no reason for marriage – ever at all. I’ve had it. Three times is enough.

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.

“Cancer victims who don’t accept their fate, who don’t learn to live with it, will only destroy what little time they have left.

“Be yourself. The world worships the original.

From a personal standpoint, I can say that Ingrid is one of my favorite actresses, ever.

I’m, well… obsessed. (Of course, it’s not like I’m not obsessed with other actors and actresses. XD)

She truly had a passion for what she did.

When people didn’t want to see her act, she did it somewhere else. Not every person would do that.

My favorite movie of Ingrid’s? Notorious. (Followed by Spellbound. )

Her beauty was very natural: She refused to pluck her eyebrows or have her teeth straightened, and wore little makeup.

There will never be another actress like Ingrid Bergman.

~may love last forever!~

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2 Comments »

  1. Arbitrary Greay said,

    Amen.

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