Gina Wilhelm Actress – Learning About Ingrid Bergman
Today would have been Ingrid Bergman’s birthday. Bergman’s family tried to discourage her from acting, but she pursued it on her own, memorizing poetry in her bedroom.
She was in some high school plays and was an extra in a movie. On graduation, she used her inheritance to go to the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm.
She left the school a year later when she got a small role in a Swedish movie. She starred in “Intermezzo” in 1936, which sealed her position as a star in Sweden and launched her Hollywood career.
In Hollywood, she starred in the remake of “Intermezzo” with Leslie Howard. She also appeared in movies with Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Bing Crosby, and was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
She considered her role in “Casablanca” not to be of great importance, though I think she’s alone in that assessment.
On the other hand, she actually didn’t know the end of the movie until it was filmed (the studio had considered a very different ending).
She won a number of awards, including Best Actress Oscars for “Gaslight” in 1944 and “Anastasia” in 1956.
She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Murder on the Orient Express” in 1974, making her the first actress to win that award after getting two leading actress statuettes.
Bergman acted until her death, appearing as Prime Minister Golda Meir in the miniseries “A Woman Called Golda” in 1982. That performance earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe.