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Black and white portrait of Ingrid Bergman holding an 8-millimeter camera. Born in Stockholm in 1915, Ingrid Bergman is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time.

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Ingrid Bergman

Publish date: 9 June 2017

Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) was born in Stockholm and is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time. She received no less than three Oscars, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress, which is still a feat for actors today. She was immortalized as Ilsa Lund opposite Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca”, and Alicia Huberman opposite Cary Grant in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Notorious”.

Ingrid’s cinematic dreams were born at a photography shop at Strandvägen 3 in fashionable Östermalm. Her father ran the shop, and she actually made her movie debut at eight years old in one of his amateur films. She grew up an only child and described herself as lonely and shy, which were among her reasons for pursuing acting. At 13, she had lost both parents and moved in with relatives in the Stockholm area. After studying at the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s Acting School, she made her Swedish movie debut in 1935 in the Swedish comedy “Munkbrogreven” which was filmed in Gamla Stan, among other places. And the rest, as they say, is history.