Saturday, 29 August 2015

Saint to whore and back again















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

"Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!"

"I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn't shut up!"

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."

"Be yourself. The world worships the original."


It is the centenary today of the birth of the radiant beauty that was Miss Ingrid Bergman, taken away from us far too soon.

Facts:
  • She was named after after Princess Ingrid of Sweden, who became Queen of Denmark.
  • One of her early Swedish films En kvinnas ansikte was later remade as A Woman's Face with Joan Crawford.
  • After the runaway success of Casablanca, Ernest Hemingway himself declared that when his For Whom The Bell Tolls was to be made into a film: "Miss Bergman, and no one else should play the part."
  • The "scandal" of her extra-marital affair with Roberto Rossellini famously led Miss Bergman to move to Italy from America, where she had even been "denounced" on the floor of the Senate, for almost a decade.
  • Winning for Murder on the Orient Express in 1975, she became one of the few actresses ever to receive three Oscars (two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress) - despite John Gielgud's bitchy comment: "She speaks five languages and can't act in any of them."
  • Ingrid died in London in 1982 on her 67th birthday.

Ingrid Bergman (29th August 1915 – 29th August 1982)

10 comments:

  1. and yet look at the male sluts in today's congress, including the ones on the D L.

    beautiful woman was ingrid; "casablanca" is one of my all time fave movies.

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  2. Notorios is one of my favorite movies. Her character not only had a "reputation" but was a heavy drinker and she gets the guy at the end.

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  3. she was quite the exotic beauty! And as far as I'm concerned, we don't hear enough of her gorgeous offspring Isabella . I can also see a lot of myself in okaysofi's comment ".Her character not only had a "reputation" but was a heavy drinker and she gets the guy at the end. Well, maybe just the reputation and the heavy drinker part. And does the guy in the end.

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    1. Speaking of "saints and whores", where do you sit? As if we needed to ask. Jx

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  4. Do you know that she toured with Kenneth Williams in a stage play, My Fat Friend, in the seventies? Can never find anything out about it. Two screen legends from very different worlds.

    I had a teacher who used to call me Isabella Rosselini. I had no idea who he was talking about.

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    1. Kenny had a very amusing entry in his diary/memoir Back Drops, in which he recalls calling on Miss Bergman, who was up a step-ladder, washing her walls... I can;t imagine any of today's prima donna "stars" doing that. Jx

      Jx

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  5. Wasn't her last for playing Golda Meir?

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    1. The Golda Meir bio was made for television. Jx

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