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August 31, 2021

Gorgeous Vintage Portraits of Ingrid Bergman in the 1940s

Ingrid Bergman found her first success in the United States for her critically acclaimed performance in Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939). Hailed as a fine new talent, Bergman appeared in three films in 1941: Adam Has Four Sons, Rage in Heaven, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—the last earned her even more praises. That same year she was also successful on her second stage appearance in Anna Christie. In 1942 Bergman had her most famous and enduring role as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca. Despite receiving numerous acclaims, the film was not one of Bergman’s favorite performances.

Bergman received her first Oscar nomination for For Whom the Bell Tolls in 1943. Ernest Hemingway himself stated that “Miss Bergman, and no one else, should play the part.” Her performance as a “wife driven close to madness” in Gaslight (1944) won Bergman her first Academy Award. She received her third consecutive Oscar nomination for her role as a nun in The Bells of St. Mary’s in 1945. That same year Bergman also appeared in Spellbound, the first of her three collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock. Notorious, her second film with Hitchcock, was released in 1946. Bergman won a Tony Award for her performance in Joan of Lorraine in 1947. Joan of Arc (1948), the movie adaptation of the play, would later earn her another Oscar nomination. Bergman’s last film of the decade, also the last of her collaboration with Hitchcock, was Under Capricorn (1949).

Take a look back at the legendary actress in the 1940s through 30 stunning vintage portraits:


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