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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: "Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious, Gaslight, " and her co-stars included such Hollywood icons as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Gregory Pec 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: "Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious, 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 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: "Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious, Gaslight, " and her co-stars included such Hollywood icons as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Gregory Pec 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: "Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious, 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.

30 review for Ingrid: A Personal Biography of Ingrid Bergman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Izze

    In the book Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography, the author, Charlotte Chandler explains Bergman's legacies and personal life. It starts with a brief synopsis of who she is and then flows into her childhood and family in Sweden. Ingrid Bergman was born in Sweden, raised mostly by her father and then she began her career as an actress. She was taught the basics of acting at a school in Sweden, although she was a natural. She then started on movies in Europe and gradually made her way into Hollyw In the book Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography, the author, Charlotte Chandler explains Bergman's legacies and personal life. It starts with a brief synopsis of who she is and then flows into her childhood and family in Sweden. Ingrid Bergman was born in Sweden, raised mostly by her father and then she began her career as an actress. She was taught the basics of acting at a school in Sweden, although she was a natural. She then started on movies in Europe and gradually made her way into Hollywood. In Hollywood, with the help of David O. Selznick, she became a huge hit in America with her impressive abilities in language and the innocent, angelic persona she created on screen. Her marriage with her husband Petter Lindstrom was on a downward spiral ever since she moved to America "All that criticism was very hard on romance and passion. I began to feel that he saw me as property to be protected. Petter's interest, when he had finished all his studies to be a doctor, a specialist, was in having another baby, hopefully a boy. Meanwhile, I began to worry that, in bed, he was checking to see if I had put on a few ounces" (Chandler, 116). Although unsuspected by even Bergman herself, she fell in love with Roberto Rossellini in Italy and had a child while still legally married to Lindstrom. In America, this was the scandal of the century and she was harshly scrutinized by many people. She tried to keep up her acting career with husband and director Rossellini but the difference in their techniques were too great to create a truly outstanding film. This lead to many failed films and troubles in their marriage. After three children they as well grew apart, Rossellini finalizing it by starting a new family with a beautiful Indian woman. Her last husband was Lars Schmidt from Sweden and they married with no children except those from Bergman's previous marriages. She did more films and again was beloved by America because of these new films she acted in. She and Schmidt got a divorce because he wanted a family of his own and she already had hers although they stayed good friends. She died on her birthday, August 29th at age 67 with a lasting legend. Her personality on and off screen were praised and permanently recorded throughout many different articles. "I learned a lot from her about acting, but more about being a woman. I used to sit in the studio and watch her, feeling very proud to be a woman. And that was because the way she handled the people around her, the way she listened, the way she wanted to do what was asked from her, but at the same time doing what she felt was right [-Liv Ulmann]" (Chandler, 278). She received dozens of rewards for her acting ability. Her four children, two girls and a boy with Rossellini and one girl with Lindstrom, grew up beautifully with a large sum of money for each to accomplish their life's dream. Ingrid Bergman had a life as interesting as those she played in movies. This book was very different from most biographies because of the personal aspect. Chandler creates a connection between the reader and Bergman. After reading the book, one feels as though Bergman was a close friend or famous acquaintance. She also told many little stories of Bergman's life that were entertaining. Usually biographies include boring interludes of unneeded detail between important factors in their life. But with this book, all of the interludes are funny, sad, or unbelievable stories. "I even dreamed about ice cream. Those were good dreams, those ice cream dreams, but they were not as enjoyable as the real thing"(Chandler, 114) A quote by Bergman with a topic she talked about often. This was the main point of a personal aspect of Bergman that not many know about but that is entertaining to read and very easy to connect with. Most people see a biography and think that it will be boring so pass by it, but this biography is just as good as any action, romance, or mystery novel I have ever read. Her life includes tragedy, suspense, and romance. So many people can enjoy this book; those who like books with those three topics or any books with a good story line will love this biography. I rate this biography a five out of five because it is well written, entertaining, and a book that one can really get into. It makes you retain the important information because of the intensity Chandler creates. The story line is clear and organized without being boring or repetitive. Chandler also gets many different perspectives and quotes from different people in Bergman's life. This makes every page fresh and unique, capturing the readers attention.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    I have always loved Ingrid Bergman, but reading this made her even more endearing! She is my favorite acress of the 20th century!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy. The book gave me a glimpse of some of the salacious things I’d wanted to know about my all-time favorite old time actress and one of the prettiest faces to ever grace the silver screen. As an aside, it cannot be a coincidence that I’m attracted to another famous, but deceased Hollywood Scandinavian, namely Audrey Hepburn, because I’m happily married a beautiful gal with roots from there like myself. Ingrid looked especially fine through the 1940s, which I think was in her pri Public library copy. The book gave me a glimpse of some of the salacious things I’d wanted to know about my all-time favorite old time actress and one of the prettiest faces to ever grace the silver screen. As an aside, it cannot be a coincidence that I’m attracted to another famous, but deceased Hollywood Scandinavian, namely Audrey Hepburn, because I’m happily married a beautiful gal with roots from there like myself. Ingrid looked especially fine through the 1940s, which I think was in her prime. Unfortunately her hard drinking, chain smoking, motherhood (she bore 4 in all; 2 were twins), and some personal life controversy did not allow her to age as gracefully as she might have. The fact she neglected to get proper treatment for breast cancer, especially early on, aged her looks considerably and probably cut her life by at least a score. In the book her beautiful daughter Isabella noted how aged her mother looked on her deathbed. Ingrid’s beauty was so powerful her good looks passed down to her modeling daughter Isabella and her daughter Elettra. I found Ingrid to be an egotist and quite a progressive thinker for her time as an independent woman especially toward her attitude about sex and racism. I discovered outside the book via an interview dated in the 80’s how she picketed a play she starred in because blacks were not allowed to be audience members. Obviously, as most folks are aware, word of mouth and Wikipedia aren’t always great places to find personal life details. Whodatedwho.com sited some sexual encounters that may simply be untrue. She made a movie with Gregory Peck and he, before he died, mentioned how he had had an affair with her during Hitchcock’s Spellbound saying they were both naïve and young. His pickup line made her blush and simply said to her that movies didn’t properly reflect her true, natural beauty. She made no mention of this affair in the book, nor much else of the actor. I wanted to learn more about what drove her to leave her first husband and abandon her first child she made with her first husband. I would have to doubt and take her at her word that she didn’t fool around on her first husband until she met Robert Capa because she mentions how she was married and while she had an attraction and temptation toward the likes of Gary Cooper she would not act out. According to her, she was attracted to Cooper, but it stopped at that, so the whodatedwho website is wrong saying they hooked up. [adding an note here on 7/18/14 to add that after reading much more online about Gary Cooper, particularly as his story relates to Patricia Neal, I have little doubt in my mind about Ingrid possibly hooking up with Cooper as he was a serial cheater and had many sexual conquests.] At the time, her marriage was not going smooth and I think her husband failed to see how his role—his ill, critical treatment of her—pushed her into the arms of another man, or other men, how many ever there were. Since she was a drinker I have to assume she put herself into many situations where her judgment was clouded and a manipulative man could easily have made his move. The book has many faults. The time line is wonky throughout. In one part, her third husband is brought up many times and then after many pages the writer details who he (finally) was in a too-late fashion. What I wanted to know: What led her to leave Peter Lindstrum? I came away with perfect understanding of how he was a control freak toward her and he did many things that would hurt her feelings, like suggest maybe she should not eat too many cookies. Common sense dictates that married men ought not to be critical of their wives’ weight and he was. I learned how they grew apart and how her drive to her career topped everything and came first. Since she became the biggest female movie star of her day at one time, I think it would be impossible to keep a marriage going well with so many opportunities to advance her career and with so many men competing around the world seeking to mark a notch on their sexual conquests. One of Ingrid’s best moves was her admission of being keenly aware of Howard Hughes’ womanizing ways so she stayed clear of him as he tried very hard to date and bed her, despite her being married. What I am still puzzled by: I still cannot imagine how someone as beautiful as her would settle for Roberto Rossellini. But then again, I often wonder about this phenomenon with beautiful women with ugly boyfriends/husbands. From former model Paulina Porizkovato with her ugly rock star husband Ric Ocasek to, oh, say Charlize Theron with Sean Penn, an odd couple that exists currently as I type this. Anyway, Rossellini was older, fat, and bald, a philanderer, which I don’t mean to state those in bits and pieces are reason enough to not be attracted to someone, except the philanderer part, but she could have had any man she wanted! I have no appreciation for the man and I’ve no desire to see any of his movies, even one’s that feature her. The Criterion Blu-rays are mighty tempting, however. Roberto Rossellini seemed the most wretched person, owing lots of unpaid debts and leaving nothing to his children. The story goes that Rossellini made a personal bet with a friend that he could bed (a married) Ingrid in 2-weeks. He won the bet. I think she was a complete fool to work under his womanizing spell. But she got what she deserved; any woman who would welcome a relationship from a man who was already a reputable cheat should not expect that he, in turn, wouldn’t cheat again. I think one of her unresolved, personal life issues was that she remained a student to men she thought were teachers and even though that was the role with her first husband she continued to exhibit this throughout the rest of her life, as if she was constantly seeking a father figure. She mentions her affair with Robert Capa opened up a new world to her sexually (mind you, this was after she already bore a child with another man) and she admitted to being aware of his considerable experience with other woman (which would also be true of Rossellini) so I have to assume Capa in all likely hood was either a better lover than Lindstrum in terms of emotionally connecting sexually or perhaps he committed to doing things like oral sex on her or he was enough of an attentive lover to pleasure her to the point to allow her to experience an orgasm because whatever the case she was receiving something different than that of what Lindstrum offered. Capa, in my opinion, was ugly compared to Lindstrum. Even upon finishing the book, I haven’t a better understanding of how one of Hollywood’s biggest actors left cinema to work with a terrible man with considerable debt. In his children’s eyes they may look past his fault, but the creep intentionally left nothing to his kids. He screwed around with women before Ingrid, had a child before her, and then would eventually knock up another lady during his marriage to Ingrid. As it turns out, this would happen yet again during her third marriage so I detect there was a pattern here. Maybe she shut down sexually or got bored with her men. In some ways, I think karma got the best of her, but I wish that weren’t the case. Even Alfred Hitchcock scorned her by saying she had let Rossellini ruin her career and that Hitchcock himself would have made more great movies with her. Ever the codependent type, she stood up for Rossellini and said no, it was she who ruined his career. HIS career, are you kidding me? She was the biggest box office draw for 3 years and ruled cinema for a decade! I do envy that Ingrid could take the high road about affairs of the heart. Instead of being angry with her cheating husbands she always had the attitude life was too short to regret or be angry about it. She’d wave goodbye and say, “Thank you for the memories.” I thank her for the memories and wonderful legacy of cinema.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    It's okay… It's easy to read, and you'll defiantly know the life of the beautiful Ingrid Bergman. Although there have been some speculation about the author just making this whole thing up… That she never really had met Ingrid Bergman - and why is it that she has only written biographies about deceased stars? But this book does show the life, the ups and downs in one of the most loveliest person, who ever lived, and if your only interested in a somewhat shallow overview, then this book is okay, b It's okay… It's easy to read, and you'll defiantly know the life of the beautiful Ingrid Bergman. Although there have been some speculation about the author just making this whole thing up… That she never really had met Ingrid Bergman - and why is it that she has only written biographies about deceased stars? But this book does show the life, the ups and downs in one of the most loveliest person, who ever lived, and if your only interested in a somewhat shallow overview, then this book is okay, but if you really want to know the person, then I would personally recommend the biography written by Alan Burgess, and co. written by Ingrid herself - you won't be disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Okay, so it's no secret that I love biographies and classic Hollywood. The combination is irresistible to me. Charlotte Chandler manages to write a biography that reads like a memoir, due to her extensive interviews with Bergman herself as well as all those close to her. She has also written biographies on Groucho, Billy Wilder, Hitchcock, Bette Davis, and Crawford. Okay, so it's no secret that I love biographies and classic Hollywood. The combination is irresistible to me. Charlotte Chandler manages to write a biography that reads like a memoir, due to her extensive interviews with Bergman herself as well as all those close to her. She has also written biographies on Groucho, Billy Wilder, Hitchcock, Bette Davis, and Crawford.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Dae Page

    I can't help but love Ingrid Bergman and reading this book made me fall even deeper in love. She was such an amazing woman. I found myself giggling at her quirky antics and tearing up with her sadness. How I wish I could have met the woman who has proven to be such an amazing inspiration to so many people, even many years after her death. <3 I can't help but love Ingrid Bergman and reading this book made me fall even deeper in love. She was such an amazing woman. I found myself giggling at her quirky antics and tearing up with her sadness. How I wish I could have met the woman who has proven to be such an amazing inspiration to so many people, even many years after her death. <3

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I really love Ingrid Bergman, and this is a wonderfully honest biography that reveals her without sensationalism or judging, neither putting her down nor idolizing her. Which makes me like her even more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    I loved it! I was surprised at how many funny stories there were, and there were quite a few "Holy crap, I had no idea about that!" moments. I'd recommend it. I loved it! I was surprised at how many funny stories there were, and there were quite a few "Holy crap, I had no idea about that!" moments. I'd recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Reynolds

    Love Ingrid Bergman but this book reminded me how few of her films (particularly the European films) i haven't seen, so need to remedy that! She comes across as a really decent, warm, loving woman who frankly didn't deserve the hypocritically hard time she got from Hollywood (or the US Senate!) when she left for Italy. One of her daughters, Ingrid, is quoted in the book about loving both her parents (Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid) by saying they 'Lived a Big Life'. They certainly did and Ingrid, Love Ingrid Bergman but this book reminded me how few of her films (particularly the European films) i haven't seen, so need to remedy that! She comes across as a really decent, warm, loving woman who frankly didn't deserve the hypocritically hard time she got from Hollywood (or the US Senate!) when she left for Italy. One of her daughters, Ingrid, is quoted in the book about loving both her parents (Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid) by saying they 'Lived a Big Life'. They certainly did and Ingrid, to the end of her life, seemed such a courageous, brave woman, in her work and life choices. This book (though clumsily written in parts with some jumping about and repetition) made me appreciate her even more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    It's unbelievable to realize just how many conversations this author had that contributed to her understanding of Bergman 's life. In interviews going back to the mid 1970s, Chandler recreates pivotal moments and inner feelings of the characters that contributed to the life of this famous actress. It's unbelievable to realize just how many conversations this author had that contributed to her understanding of Bergman 's life. In interviews going back to the mid 1970s, Chandler recreates pivotal moments and inner feelings of the characters that contributed to the life of this famous actress.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane G

    Good book, but slow reading

  12. 4 out of 5

    martina

    like ingrid, i also love ice cream

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Canupp

    – I loved Ingrid from the moment I first saw her in Casablanca. Not only was she beautiful, but she was smart and kind and completely human. This memoir details her life from childhood, through stardom and out the other side, revealing the truth of the scandal that made it almost impossible for her to return to the big screen. I learned from this nonfiction work that the truth will always prevail, which is an essential lesson for someone like me who wants to become a writer of nonfiction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Osa

    A great read, with lots of input from Ms. Bergman herself, as well a numerous friends and colleagues. She seemed such a good person that the book left me just a bit underwhelmed. Which is sad really, when you realize that you've become used to scandalous celebrities that anything other is too tame. In any case, she was beloved by all who met her and did her best to be a good person. Well worth the read. A great read, with lots of input from Ms. Bergman herself, as well a numerous friends and colleagues. She seemed such a good person that the book left me just a bit underwhelmed. Which is sad really, when you realize that you've become used to scandalous celebrities that anything other is too tame. In any case, she was beloved by all who met her and did her best to be a good person. Well worth the read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dkeslin

    A very enjoyable read about one of the msot fascinating Hollywood stars who gave up Hollywood after a scandalous love affair and marriage to Roberto Rossellini, the Italian director. In many ways she was a very lonely figure who led a somewhat tragic life. Very interesting information about Hollywood in the 40s.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Interesting biography of one of Hollywood (and Europe's) biggest stars, Ingrid Bergman. A shy but very strong woman born in Sweden, I learned of her life and her loves - her children, husbands, her work and American ice cream! Such a passionate and fascinating woman. A life-long friend to those who knew her well. Interesting biography of one of Hollywood (and Europe's) biggest stars, Ingrid Bergman. A shy but very strong woman born in Sweden, I learned of her life and her loves - her children, husbands, her work and American ice cream! Such a passionate and fascinating woman. A life-long friend to those who knew her well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Ms. Chandler never fails to deliver a thoughtful, insightful & truly informative biography. This detailed bio of the late great Bergman gives whole new layers to one of the finest actresses to grave the Silver Screen. Anyone who is a fan of classic film should not pass by the opportunity to revisit the amazing life, times & talent of Ingrid Bergman

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I am always interested in old movie stars(such glamour!) The content was good....lots of secrets and scandals! I was not happy with the way it was written...too much jumping around. I am sure there is a better book out there about her.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Ingrid Bergman is a fascinating woman, but I had to wonder while reading this about the point of view on her life that you get from a biography based mostly on interviews with her, her children, and her friends.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I love Ingrid Bergman and I loved reading about her. The book gave a synopsis of every movie she was in and that grew a bit tiresome. I started to just skip all of those. I am glad I read it. She was a fascinating person and I wish we could have had her around longer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    A few interesting facts but this book was a bore to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I enjoyed this book, I had no idea of her personal background, and I love her movies. Good read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jill Barrett

    A wonderfully written biography about an extraordinary woman.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dolores

    Fast read. Typical movie star biography. I like these for mindless fun and I love old classic movies so this was enjoyable. You can read this very quickly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauriepopwell

    Superficial bio of an extraordinary actress. Author: Should be ashamed of himself.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chip Supanich

    Well, I have to say, I didn't enjoy this book much. Maybe I expected too much... maybe it just didn't agree with me, or maybe I'm wrong! Well, I have to say, I didn't enjoy this book much. Maybe I expected too much... maybe it just didn't agree with me, or maybe I'm wrong!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    I only read this book alittle bit. It's really good, so if you really like Ingrid Bergman, you should this book. I only read this book alittle bit. It's really good, so if you really like Ingrid Bergman, you should this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Great quick read about Ingrid!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    Interesting. Not the best writing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    I enjoy any book about the personal life behind the film legend, but this author merely scratched of the surface of the subject's life. I enjoy any book about the personal life behind the film legend, but this author merely scratched of the surface of the subject's life.

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