"Sometimes she felt like Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca"

Pin-up photo of Ingrid Bergman, 1945
Public DomainPin-up photo of Ingrid Bergman, 1945 - Credit: Yank, the Army Weekly
Ingrid Bergman (1915 – 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films.  She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart  and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant. 

She experienced a succession of tragedies in her early life – her mother died when she Ingrid was three years old, her father when she was thirteen. The aunt with whom she went to live following her father’s death died only six months later. She then moved in with another aunt, who had five children.

Despite these personal difficulties she established herself as a leading actress in Swedish films.

Ingrid Bergman in Cassablanca
Public DomainIngrid Bergman in Cassablanca - Credit: Trailer screenshot
She was brought to America by Hollywood producer David O Selznick to star in Intermezzo, an English language remake of her 1936 Swedish film of the same name, despite being able to speak very little English. The movie was a huge success, and she went on to become one of Hollywood's greatest leading actresses. 

In 1950, after a decade of stardom in American films, she starred in the Italian film Stomboli, which led to a love affair with director Roberto Rossellini, while they were both married. The affair created a scandal in Hollywood and forced her to return to Europe until 1956, when she made a successful Hollywood comeback in Anastasia.