Coming Soon: The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon!

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I just came back from a wonderful one month trip to Spain (where, in Seville, I saw two places where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed)! And I must admit I already missed it and I’m bored with Montreal’s undesirable weather. But, if there’s something I missed during my trip, it’s watching classics and blogging, that’s for sure. However, I must admit, I had the chance to see Trouble in Paradise at the Cine Dor√© in Madrid!

But now I’m back anyway! Admit, you missed me? ūüėČ And back in strength as I’m here to announce the coming of my 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman¬† Blogathon, which will celebrate this most talented and beautiful actress at the occasion of her 102th birthday, but also her 35th death anniversary.

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As this is the 3rd edition of this blogathon, I’m sure many of you are familiar with it. If not, you are of course most welcome to join us in the festivities. The more the merrier!

There are some simple rules to follow for this blogathon and here they are:

1- Choose a subject. You can write about anything related to Ingrid Bergman. My only request is the usual one: no duplicates (vive la vari√©t√©!) You are welcome to write more than one entry, but as I don’t allow duplicates, please limit yourself to two.

2- You can submit your subject in the comments section of this post or via Twitter (@Ginnie_SP), email (virginie.pronovost@gmail.com), or via The Wonderful World of Cinema facebook page. Please provide your subject, the name of your blog and your blog URL.

3- Can I participate even if I don’t have a blog? Yes! You are most welcome to. Here is how we’ll proceed: send me your text via email and I will add it to my blog and credit you as the writer.

4- Once your subject has been accepted and confirm, grab one of these banners to put on your blog in order to help me promote the blogathon. As you can see, I used only pictures of Ingrid’s profile. Ouuuu concept!

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5- Like the previous years, the event will start on August 27 and end on August 29…2017!!

6- On the first day of the blogathon, I will update a new post for the entries where you’ll be able to submit your post. If you could give me your Twitter handle with it, that would be great!

7- If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask!

Have fun!


Here is the roster:

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See you on the 27 to honour the wonderful Ingrid Bergman!

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The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon Is Here!

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We are all very excited because it’s today that my very first Blogathon, The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon, starts until August 29, on the day on Ingrid 100th Birthday, but also death anniversary. Ingrid is fantastic, so I can’t wait to read your fabulous articles!

Here are the entries for the blogathon. I will add yours to the list when it will be published.

One Gal’s Musings – When Ingrid Met Edith

Silver Screenings – Questioning Your Way to Better Mental Health

Now Voyaging – The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon: INTERMEZZO; A Love Story (1939)

Flickin’ Out – Bergman Under the Direction of Alfred Hitchcock

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque – Elena et les hommes (Jean Renoir, 1956)

Speakeasy – Indiscreet (1958)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog – The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon – JUNE NIGHT

Old Hollywood Films – The Bells of St-Mary’s

Karin Mustvedt-Pl√úss (Guess at CineMaven’s – Essays from the Couch): Ingrid the Scandanavian¬†

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies –¬†Happy 100th Birthday Ingrid Bergman!¬†

The Cinematic Frontier –¬†Journey to Italy (1954)¬†

Defiant Success – Stromboli

Critica Retr√ī – Joana D’Arc/ Joan of Arc (1948)

Back to Golden Days – The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon: Saratoga Trunk (1945)

BNoirDetour – Gaslight : The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon

Once Upon a Screen – On Her Centennial – The NOTORIOUS Ingrid Bergman

A Shroud of Thoughts – Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944)

Wolffian Classics Movies Digest – Spellbound

CineMaven’s ESSAYS from the COUCH – Ingrid Bergman in “Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Pop Culture Reverie – Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Ingrid Bergman: A Fascinating Woman

Classic Movie Hub Blog – The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon: Cactus Flower

Movies Silently – After the Silents: Walpurgis Night (1935)

The Stop Button – Anastasia (1956, Anatole Litvak)

Outspoken and Freckled – Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – A Centenary Remembrance to Ingrid Bergman on her 100th Birthday

Criterion Blues – Stromboli, 1950, Roberto Rossellini

Moon in Gemini – The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon: A Woman’s Face

Mildred’s Fatburgers – The Visit (1964)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Ingrid and Cary Learn to Avoid Coffee in Notorious (1946)

Sister Celluloid – Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant : An “Indiscreet” Friendship

The Movie Rat – Ingrid Bergman Blogathon – A Tale of Two Bergmans: Autumn Sonata (1978)


Thanks so much for your participation everybody! This is a success!

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Ingrid Bergman: A Fascinating Woman

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Ingrid Bergman. What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of this name. For some it’s “beauty”, for some it’s “talent”, for some it’s “Casablanca”. For me, it’s all this, and more… As I wrote in my letter to Isabella Rossellini (yes, I’ve send her a letter very recently. I hope she will answer!), the word that, to me, ¬†describes the best Ingrid Bergman is “fascinating”. Her talent, her personality, her beauty and her life are all this: fascinating. You all know that Audrey Hepburn is my favourite actress, but in a more objective point of view, Ingrid Bergman is, in my opinion, the most talented of them all. She is a model of acting, for the world of cinema, but also of theatre. Ingrid also had the talent to act in many languages: Swedish, English, German, Italian and even French! Today, we’re celebrating her 100th birthday. Sadly, Ingrid Bergman also left us on the day of her 67th birthday on August 29, 1982. She was only 67 and was suffering of a severe breast cancer. ūüė¶

A dream came true for Grace Kelly. Ingrid Bergman was her favourite actress!
A dream came true for Grace Kelly. Ingrid Bergman was her favourite actress!

The following article will pay a great tribute to this legendary actress who would have been 100 on this day, August 29. I¬†wrote it for¬†The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon, the very first blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema (in other words, by me). How exciting is that! I wouldn’t be able to write about only one Ingrid Bergman’s films, because I would like to tell you why I love her in general, and not only for one of her films. I want to tell you how much I admire¬†this actress and why. Well, just like I do sometimes when it’s the birthday of one of my favourite movie stars.

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Ingrid Bergman certainly didn’t have an easy life. Luckily, she was a strong and courageous woman. She was born in Stockholm in 1915. Her German mother died when she was only 2 years old and her father, a Swedish photographer died when she was still quite young: 12. Being an orphan, she had to live with her aunts and her uncles. Ingrid has always been interested in the art of acting. She explains in a few interviews that, when she was young, she was pretending she was someone else and created stories with her great imagination. When she¬†went to the theatre for the first time, she discovered that what she was doing was acting. Ingrid Bergman started her acting studies at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School of Stocklhom. This led her to the world of cinema. She starred in her first film in 1935:¬†Munkbrogreven.¬†In 1936, she starred in the original Swedish version of Intermezzo. While she was in Sweden, she starred in a dozen of films, including A Woman’s Face and June Nights.

Little Ingrid and her father
Little Ingrid and her father
A 19 years old Ingrid
A 19 years old Ingrid

Even if she was a Swedish actress, Ingrid Bergman’s talent was noticed by the Hollywood film industry. It’s David O’Selznick who gave us her first part in an American film: Intermezzo: A Love story (1939), opposite Leslie Howard. A remake of the original Swedish Intermezzo. When she arrived in Hollywood, Ingrid had to face the challenge of not speaking English or well, just a little. Of course, she learned and how can we¬†not¬†love her adorable accent. She also had to face the Hollywood industry who wanted to change her name and her look (not conformed to the beauty standards of Hollywood), but Ingrid, who knew what she wanted, treated them to return to Sweden if they dare¬†try to change her look and her name. We’re glad they didn’t because, first she was one of the most beautiful women on Earth and, second, her name became legendary. So, Ingrid started her Hollywoodian career with Intermezzo that led her to a series of notorious masterpieces : For Whom the Bell Tolls, Casablanca (probably her most famous film), Gaslight (for which she won her first Oscar), The Bell’s of St. Mary’s, etc. She also became one of Hitchcock’s blond muses and acted in three of his films: Spellbound, Notorious and Under Capricorn.

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Casablanca
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A lovely Ingrid with her Oscar for Gaslight
A lovely Ingrid with her Oscar for Gaslight
Ingrid and her friend Alfred Hitchcock
Ingrid and her friend Alfred Hitchcock

In the 40’s, Ingrid Bergman was one of the most appreciated star in Hollywood, but that was not to last…

In 1937, Ingrid ¬†married the doctor Petter¬†Lindstr√∂m with whom she had a daughter, Pia. They divorced in 1950 and their marriage ended because of one of Hollywood’s most famous loving scandal. Well, you probably all know what it is. And just to let you know, before I continue, I’m on Ingrid’s side. Ingrid Bergman has noticed the work of Roberto Rossellini and desperately wanted to act in one of his films. So, she sent him a letter explaining her interest. Luckily for her, her dream came true and she had the chance to star in Rossellini neorealism film’s Stromboli. During the shooting of this film, Roberto and Ingrid fell in love with each others and started having an affair, which created a scandal in United States as she was married and had a daughter. We have to know that Ingrid had then already asked to Petter for a divorce, but he didn’t agree to it. So, their wedding was already¬†not very strong anymore. Because of this scandal, Ingrid was not welcomed in the United States anymore so, she returned to Italy. She finally obtained the divorce from Petter in 1950, but this one did everything so Ingrid won’t be able to meet her daughter Pia. Of course, she was very sad about that and¬†finally had the chance to see her again¬†many years later.

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Ingrid and Petter Lindström
Ingrid and Roberto Rossellini
Ingrid and Roberto Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman married Roberto Rossellini in 1950. They had three children together: Roberto and the twins Isabella and Ingrid Isotta. Isabella Rossellini, model and actress, is probably Ingrid’s most famous child. And, just like her mum, she’s an incredibly extraordinary and beautiful woman. During her years in Italy, Ingrid shot five films under the direction of her husband: Stromboli, Europa ’51, Viaggo in Italia, Giovanna d’Arco al rogo and La Paura.

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Ingrid and baby Pia
A beautiful picture of Ingrid and Isabella. She looks so proud of her daughter!
A beautiful picture of Ingrid and Isabella. She looks so proud of her daughter!
The Italian Family!
The Italian Family!

After six years of exile apart from United States, Ingrid Bergman came back to Hollywood and starred in Anastasia. This was a success and she won her second Oscar. She divorced Roberto Rossellini not a very long time after in 1957. Her last husband was Lars Schmidt, probably the less stressful of the three! They remained married from 1958 t0 1975. ¬†She then starred in appreciated movies like Indiscreet, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Goodbye Again, The Yellow Roll Royce, etc. In 1975, she won her third Oscar for her performance in Murder on the Orient Express. Ingrid Bergman’s last film was Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata, opposite Liv Ullman. Ingrid Bergman published her autobiography in 1980: My Life, which became a best-seller. I still have to read it. She died in 1982 on the day of her 67’s anniversary.

With Liv Ullman in Autumn Sonata
With Liv Ullman in Autumn Sonata

Ok, I was first not really supposed to write a biography of our beloved actress, but I thought that would be a good (and long!) introduction to my explanations of why I love this actress. Ingrid Bergman has always been a favourite of mine since I saw her in Casablanca. However, when I watched¬†her first films I was always observing her acting in a very superficial way. I was loving her, but not the way I loved Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly for example. But now I do, oh yes I do! So, for a long time, I hadn’t seen many of her films: Casablanca, Anastasia, Notorious¬†and some others. She was incredible in all of these, but the film that was a revelation to me was Spellbound. In this film, Ingrid was acting with so much sincerity and love, it became my favourite movie of hers and also a turning point. I then re-watched some of her movies I had already seen and observed her acting on a completely different angle. Now I’m able to say that I don’t ¬†only admire her, but also love her.

Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck on the set of Spellbound. They are just so cute with their ice cream!
Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck on the set of Spellbound. They are just so cute with their ice cream!

Not a very long time ago, I also read an excellent biography about Ingrid Bergman : La v√©ritable Ingrid Bergman ¬†written by¬†Bertrand Meyer-Stabley. So, with this book, I was able to understand, not only what type of actress she was, but also what type of woman she was. Ingrid was brave, she was passionate by her profession, she knew what she wanted and didn’t need others to tell her what to do (a little like me), she was strong and well, had every qualities to be a highly admired woman. After I read this book, I wanted to see all Ingrid Bergman’s films and know everything about her. Of course, I haven’t seen all her films yet, but, for the moment, I’ve seen 15 of them, which is not so bad : Casablanca, Stromboli, Spellbound, Notorious, Under Capricorn, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Murder on the Orient Express, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Indiscreet, Anastasia, A Woman’s Face, Intermezzo (1936’s Swedish version), Gaslight, For Whom the Bell Tolls and Edda Gabler. Of course, I have much more to watch, but I think, among this list, I’ve seen some of her best films.

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I never was disappointed by an Ingrid Bergman’s acting performance. She is sincere in each one of them and we can feel how hard she worked to give her best. Looking at Ingrid Bergman’s acting is like looking at ¬†painting of Jerome Bosh. There is so much to see an to analyze, so many facets and interesting details. Plus, Ingrid could do everything. Her great versatility allowed her to play many types of characters. She could cry and then be the happiest¬†girl in the world. Ingrid Bergman’s smile and laugh are some other things I love so much¬†about¬†her. She can be nasty or the sweetest¬†person in the world. She can be crazy or very clever. But one thing is sure, she is unique. Even if she plays two very different characters (for example, Paula in Gaslight and¬†Gladys Aylward in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness), she has a way to act that is unique, unlike any other actresses. And it also seems that each one of her movie roles was made for her. Ingrid was, indeed, very selective ¬†and never, or rarely, played a character she didn’t like.

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Gaslight
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Like I said at the beginning of this text, Ingrid Bergman had the ability to act in more than one language. Very recently, I bought a DVD box set with three of her early Swedish film: Intermezzo, A Woman’s Face and June Nights. I watched the first two and will watch the last one today to celebrate her birthday. I must say, it’s so interesting to see her acting in her native language. And, even if I don’t speak Swedish (don’t worry, there are English subtitles available), I think it’s just wonderful to listen to that because Ingrid’s acting is so magic and there is also something very poetic about her speaking Swedish. It is, actually, a very beautiful language, but it seems difficult to learn!

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Being a great admirer of Ingrid Bergman, I don’t only want to see all her movies, but also know the most things as possible about her. I watched some of her interviews on YouTube. Those are so interesting. I alternate between her interviews and Isabella Rossellini’s ones, which are also very worth watching. What makes me laugh is the fact that, not in all her interviews, but in many of them, Ingrid Bergman always explains the fact that, when they were shooting Casablanca,¬†the script wasn’t complete, so she didn’t know if she was to end with Humphrey Bogart or Paul Henreid. Because of that, she had to act considering the two options. Not an easy job, but she did great. Recently, I also bought the beautiful book: Ingrid Bergman: A Life in Pictures. A ¬†500 pages book full of marvellous photos, edited by her daughter Isabella Rossellini and Lothar Schrimer. The book contains an introduction by Liv Ullman and a written interview with Ingrid. I just started looking at it and I have the feeling I’m¬†going¬†to have a good time reading it!

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Ingrid Bergman spoke french (my native language), so I cannot leave you without a french interview with her! One of my favourites. Of course, some of you might not speak French, but that’s Ingrid Bergman you know, so you don’t have to understand everything to admire her. ūüėČ

I then invite you to watch my tribute to this marvellous actress. The visual quality is not ¬†perfect and there is a little bug at the end of the video, but I hope you’ll enjoy it just the same.

Finally, this wouldn’t be¬†a Wonderful World of Cinema’s article without a top list! So, let me present to you my top 5 of Ingrid Bergman’s films:

1- Spellbound
2- The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
3- Casablanca
4- Gaslight
5- Notorious
Ingrid Bergman would have been 100 years old today. That’s something. She is an actress we shall never forget. The new generation HAS to discover her (or they’ll miss something). We have to do everything to honour her memory for ever and ever. Dear Ingrid Bergman, may you have a wonderful heavenly 100th birthday!

This article was part of The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon hosted by my own blog. I invite you to read all the other great entries:

The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon

And joining my facebook group dedicated to her:

Ingrid Bergman: A Fascinating Woman

Vive Ingrid!

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Announcement: The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon

150627-frederika1 It’s not without reasons that Ingrid Bergman is on this year Cannes Festival’s official poster. That’s because, on August 29th 2015, we’ll celebrate her 100th birthday. Of course, Ingrid Bergman is unfortunately no longer with us, but that’s not a reason why we shouldn’t celebrate her. For the occasion, I decided to host my very first blogathon: The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon. So, that’s a new step for me as a blogger. Ingrid Bergman is my personal third favourite actress, but she’s also, for me,¬†most talented of them all. She was also a fascinating lady. Of course, this is my personal opinion. I’m sure many of you like her too, so I’m hoping for a high level of participation! The event will take place from August 27th to August 29th 2015.

Rules for the blogathon:

The rules for this blogathon are quite simple.

1- Pick a subject. You can write about a movie starring Ingrid Bergman or any other subject about her. If you decide to write about a movie, I will allow duplicates, but I don’t want more than two bloggers to talk about the same movie. However, try as much as possible to pick a movie that has not already been picked. Diversity is much more interesting.

2- When you have your subject, you can submit it by commenting this post or, you can send me a personal e-mail at virginie.pronovost@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include the name of your blog and also the link.

3- Once you have your confirmation, I invite you to make your own announcement on your blog or re-blog this. I also invite you to include one of my banners in your Blog. Those are very simple, I’m not really an artist… 3eee63e98bded 201-Ingrid-Bergman-in-Arch-Of-Triumph-1948 Ingrid-Bergman-ingrid-bergman-30e462230-338-450 tumblr_m6wg006Ypw1rzji1ao1_501 If you have any questions about the blogathon, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Here are the names of the blogs with their subject for the blogathon:

Once Upon a ScreenNotorious

The Wonderful World of Cinema Personal Tribute to Ingrid Bergman

Le Mot du CinephiliaqueUnder Capricorn and Elena and Her Men

The Movie RatAutumn Sonata

Criterion BluesStromboli

Outspoken and Freckled Murder on the Orient Express

Moon in GeminiA Woman’s Face

SpeakeasyIndiscreet

Now VoyagingIntermezzo (1939)

A Shroud of ThoughtsGaslight 

The Hitless Wonder Movie BlogJune Nights

Love Letters to Old Hollywood Notorious

BNoirDetour  Gaslight

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Ingrid Bergman’s Life Story

The Stop Button Anastasia

Girls Do FilmFrom Whom the Bell Tolls

Wolffian Classics Movies DigestSpellbound

Smitten Kitten VintageCasablanca

Old Hollywood FilmsThe Bells of St.Mary’s

Critica Retr√īJoan of Arc

The Cinematic FrontierJourney to Italy

Flickin’ Out The Working Relationship Between Ingrid and Hitchcock

CineMaven’s: Essays from the CouchDr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Silver ScreeningsSpellbound

Pop Culture ReverieMurder on the Orient Express

Cinephilia РThe Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Back to Golden Days РSaratoga Trunk 

Sister CelluloidIngrid Bergman and Cary Grant’s long a glorious friendship

Movies SilentlyWalpurgis Night

Classic Movie HubCactus Flower

Pure Golden Ingrid Bergman’s Early Career (1932-1942)

Regular Pop Rage in Heaven

356 Days 365 Classics –¬†Casablanca and Autumn Sonata

Tam MayUnder Capricorn

Karin Mustvedt-Pl√ľss (Guest Blogger at¬†CineMaven’s: Essays from the Couch) – Ingrid the Scandinavian¬†

The Classic Movie LifeGoodbye Again

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies–¬†Happy 100th Birthday Ingrid Bergman

Defiant Success Stromboli

Asterisk DCThe Visit

One Gal’s Musings Ingrid Bergman’s Collaborations with Edith Head¬†


I can’t wait to celebrate Ingrid Bergman with you! ūüôā