August 29 ~  Worships the Original Notorious: Life of Ingrid Bergman

"Be yourself. The world worships the original." ~ Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman

The beautiful and ORIGINAL actress from Stockholm, Sweden, Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) was born and died on this day. Her mother died when Ingrid was three and she was raised by her father, then her uncle.

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory," she once said and was fluent in Swedish, English, French, German, and Italian.

Bergman acted in Europe before producer David O. Selznick brought the 5'10" beauty to Hollywood in 1939 to star in the American version of Intermezzo, which became an instant hit.

"The minute I looked at her, I knew I had something. She had an extraordinary quality of purity and nobility and a definite star personality that is very rare." Selznick said.

Bergman became one of the most popular actresses of her generation. "I've never sought success in order to get fame and money," she said. "It's the talent and the passion that count in success."

Her natural vitality and talent lit up the screen with such unforgettable roles as Humphrey Bogart's lost love, Ilsa, in Casablanca (1942), Maria in For Whom the Bells Tolls (1943), and Dr. Constance Peterson in Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945).

The beloved actress was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, winning Oscars for Gaslight (1944), Anastasia (1956), and Murder on the Orient Express (1974). She weathered scandal, battled cancer for seven years, and left the world a precious legacy of over 50 films.

"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," she reflected. "I don't regret a thing I've done. I only regret the things I didn't do."

What a celebration: There is only ONE you.