Tuesday, 31 August 2010

"Here's Looking At You, Kid"

Ingrid Bergman was born in Sweden on 29th August 1915 and died in London on 30th August 1982. She had been a star of Swedish films before she achieved her first major Hollywood success in the remake (opposite Leslie Howard), of Intermezzo in 1939. Of course, she will forever be remembered mainly for Casablanca (1942) - apparently, a film which neither she nor Bogart rated at the time! Yet it is now one of the world's best-loved films. Fine performances followed in several films, including: For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944) - Oscar for best actress; Notorious (1946); Joan of Arc (1948), shortly followed by a seven year absence from Hollywood, as a result of her running off with director Roberto Rossellini, for which she was heavily criticized. She returned to Hollywood and won her second Oscar for Anastasia (1956). She carried on making films up to the end, the last being A Woman Called Golda (1982), the year of her early death from cancer.

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