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Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography (2007)

by Charlotte Chandler

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Insightful biography about the great Swedish actress, perhaps the first truly global female film icon, the books follows her trajectory from Sweden to Hollywood, her fall of grace, her unsuccessful Italian period, and her triumphant return to Hollywood in spite of her misgivings.

There are lots of interviews with people that knew Bergman (her children, fellow actors) that highlight her qualities and weaknesses both as a woman and as an actor. ( )
  Tzctlibr | Dec 15, 2015 |
Ingrid was one of the most stunning beauties in Hollywood history. This gives new insight into the life of this complex and intelligent woman.
  SABC | Aug 28, 2011 |
This biography wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. It was simply unmemorable. Ms. Chandler failed to hold my attention for very long on this book, which is why I am currently reading another biography on Ingrid Bergman by Donald Spoto, author of my favorite Audrey Hepburn biography. ( )
  LilyEvans | Jun 26, 2007 |
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Ingrid Bergman was one of the biggest and most glamorous stars in Hollywood - until she became one of the most controversial, when an international scandal threatened to end her career. She had starred in several now-classic films such as Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious and Gaslight, and her co-stars included such Hollywood icons as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Gregory Peck. In this insightful new biography, Charlotte Chandler draws on her extensive conversations with Bergman herself to describe what happened from Bergman's point of view, revealing a complex and fascinating woman who lived life intensely. Already a movie star in her native Sweden, Ingrid Bergman became an instant sensation for David O. Selznick in Hollywood and the number-one box-office star in the world. But the most dramatic event in her life took place off the screen when she made a film in Italy and began a passionate romance with her director, Roberto Rossellini. The scandal that followed left her exiled from America, ostracized by Hollywood, vilified in the press, denounced by clergy, censured in the U.S. Senate - and separated from her young daughter. She was able to make films only with Rossellini. In the words of those who were involved, Chandler describes Bergman's life before, during, and after the scandal. Among those Chandler spoke with were Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, Sidney Lumet, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Greta Garbo, and Liv Ullmann. She spoke with Roberto Rossellini; their twin daughters, Isabella and Isotta Ingrid; Rossellini's son, Renzo; Ingrid's daughter Pia Lindstrom; and others who knew Ingrid well. This extraordinary access makes Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, a Personal Biography the most perceptive and revealing book ever written about the charismatic Hollywood legend.

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Ingrid Bergman was one of the most glamorous stars in Hollywood--until an international scandal threatened to end her career. She had starred in several now-classic films, and her co-stars included such Hollywood icons as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Gregory Peck. Already a movie star in her native Sweden, Bergman became an instant sensation in Hollywood and the number-one box-office star in the world. But the most dramatic event in her life took place off the screen, when she made a film in Italy and began a passionate romance with her director, Roberto Rossellini. The scandal that followed left her exiled from America, ostracized by Hollywood, vilified in the press, denounced by clergy, censured in the U.S. Senate--and separated from her young daughter. This new biography draws on extensive conversations with Bergman and many others to describe what happened from Bergman's point of view.--From publisher description.… (more)

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