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Happy Birthday, Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29, 1915. She lost her mother when she was 3 years old, and her father passed away when she was 12. He had owned a photography shop, and had encouraged his daughter's artistic talents.

Bergman spent her teen years with her uncle, and began to appear as an extra in Swedish films. Her first speaking role came in 1935, and in 1936 she was in the film Intermezzo, which caught the attention of the powerful American film producer David O. Selzick. He convinced her to come to Hollywood and remake the film for American audiences.

Bergman would continue to appear in films for the next five decades. During her career, she won three Oscars, two Emmys (including one for her portrayal of Milwaukee's Golda Meir) and a Tony. She died in 1982 on her 67th birthday after a seven year struggle with cancer.

During her lifetime, Ingrid Bergman made over 50 films, including this blogger's all-time favorite, Casablanca. Many of her movies are available for check-out at your Milwaukee Public Library.


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