Ingrid Bergman

The Oscar-winning actress who became a legend by starring with Bogart in 'Casablanca'.

Ingrid Bergman was born on 29 August 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden and she decided she wanted to be an actress at the age of 17 when she left finishing school.

Bergman's early life was filled with tragedy. Both of her parents died when she was still a young girl, and she was raised by relatives. She was mainly brought up by her uncle, who didn't stand in the way of her acting dreams.

Thanks to her inheritance, however, she was able to study at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.

In 1934, she had her first small role in 'Munkbrogreven'. She made twelve films in Europe over the next five years.

She came to Hollywood in 1939, to star in 'Intermezzo'. It was a hit, landing her a seven-year contract. She also starred in a remake of her 1936 film 'Escape to Happiness' playing her original character in 1939.

After a stint on Broadway, she starred in three successful 1941 films before she made the leap to superstardom in 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'.

In 1942, she starred with Humphrey Bogart in 'Casablanca'. The film was a smash hit, establishing Bergman as a sexy, vulnerable star with enormous box office appeal. Every film she graced was a hit.

She chose her film roles carefully and starred in Ernest Hemmingway's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' in 1943, for which she was nominated for an Oscar and a film she described as her personal favourite.

Her next role was in the 1944 film 'Gaslight' for which she won the Best Actress Oscar. This was followed by roles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Spellbound' in 1945 and 'Notorious' alongside Cary Grant in 1946.

Though Bergman was married to Dr. Peter Lindstrom, between 1937 and 1950 and had a child (Pia) with him, she fell in love with Italian director Roberto Rossellini, who fathered her second child Robertino. She became an outcast in America overnight, even denounced in the US Senate.

She married Roberto in 1950 and had two other children with him - the now famous actress Isabella - and Isotta. The couple divorced in 1957.

However, Twentieth Century Fox took a chance and hired her to star in 'Anastasia' in 1956. The film was successful and Bergman won her second Oscar for Best Actress, restoring her popularity.

She married fellow Swede Lars Schmidt in 1958 and they divorced in 1978.

Bergman won her third Oscar for her role in 'Murder on the Orient Express' in 1974.

Ingrid Bergman's seemingly effortless naturalism was so new and fresh to American audiences that she quickly found a large and admiring audience. Her beauty, intriguing accent, and talent only added to her allure.

The best performance of her later years was given in her last film, 'Autumn Sonata' in 1978. She was nominated for another Academy Award as Best Actress, a fitting end to her career. It was around this time that she discovered the symptoms of breast cancer and had a mastectomy.

She died of cancer in London on 30 August 1982, the day after having a small birthday party with friends. Her daughter Pia collected a posthumous Best Actress Emmy for her mother, who won the award for the TV film 'A Girl Called Golda'.