Born in Stockholm in 1915, Ingrid Bergman was orphaned at 12 and took up acting to escape her loneliness and shyness. After leaving drama school she quickly became Sweden’s leading film star, transferred to Hollywood, and starred in such classics as Casablanca, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Gaslight.
Bergman had a strong, wholesome, radiant image – an image which disappeared in 1949 when she dumped her husband and ran off with director Roberto Rossellini. They married and had three children, including Isabella Rossellini, but Bergman’s public disapproved and didn’t go to see the experimental films they made together. Eventually America forgave her, awarding her Oscars for Anastasia and Murder on the Orient Express.