Ingrid Bergman

Swedish actress (1915–1982)

Ingrid Bergman (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was a Swedish actress. With a career spanning five decades, Bergman won numerous accolades, including three Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and a Volpi Cup. She is one of only four actresses to have received at least three acting Academy Awards (only Katharine Hepburn has four). In 1999, the American Film Institute recognised Bergman as the fourth greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

With Humphrey Bogart in 1942's Casablanca.
Her first film, Munkbrogreven (1934), at age 19


  • What is happiness? It depends on two assets, which fortunately I have. They are good health and a short memory.
    • The Real and the Unreal (1961) by Bill Davidson, p. 174
  • It's not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.
    • Halliwell's Filmgoer's and Video Viewer's Companion
  • A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
    • "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994
    • "An Uncommon Scold," by Abby Adams, 1989
  • I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success.
    • "The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes," by Carolyn Warner, 1992
  • I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.
    • "An Uncommon Scold," by Abby Adams, 1989.
  • I think my life has been wonderful. I have done what I felt like. I was given courage and I was given adventure and that has carried me along. And then also a sense of humor and a little bit of common sense. It has been a very rich life.

Quotes about Bergman

  • For me, Ingrid is a wonderful mother and Roberto, a wonderful father. You should see them with their children. There was nothing intellectual about it. They were like animals with their young, so tactile and sensual. The joy of touching the baby's skin! They were always rolling around on the floor with the twins and the little boy. Once, I remember watching Ingrid doing that, and I thought to myself, "This is just like a mother dog with her puppies."
    • Jean Renoir, "Anatomy of a Scandal," The Real and the Unreal (1961) by Bill Davidson, p. 147
  • Before anything else, she is an actress. I believe that any great artist is an artist first. For example, my father was an artist before he was a husband and a father. Yes, I must say it. Ingrid is that way, too. But she also has many admirable qualities as a woman. She is so honest that she will always prefer a scandal to a lie. If she's at a party and people are talking about a writer who is unknown to her, she'll come out flatly and say, "I haven't read him." But at the same time, she understands more than many people who pretend to be knowledgeable. While she admits her limitations, she has great instinct and understanding.
    • Jean Renoir, "Anatomy of a Scandal," The Real and the Unreal (1961) by Bill Davidson, p. 149
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