How much did you know about one of classic Hollywood’s greatest stars?
Since our Ingrid Bergman mini-quiz mostly concerns her private life — it was based on the 2015 documentary, Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words — it might be helpful to know that she was married three times: in succession to Dr. Petter Lindstrom, to director Roberto Rossellini and to Swedish theatrical producer Lars Schmidt. Among her private affairs was an extended romance with world famous war photographer Robert Capa.
Bergman’s four children by her first two husbands are the mainstay of the documentary: daughter Pia Lindstrom by the first; and Isotta, Isabella and Roberto by Rossellini. Recounted by each of a series of revealing memories of their famous mother.
That said, let’s get to the answers to our Ingrid Bergman Mini-Quiz. To review the questions just scroll down to the blog below. Here we go:
1) Answer: b) False. Bergman was generally an easy-going mother who genuinely enjoyed being with her children. If she had a Prussian streak, it showed itself in her profession. A real pussy cat at home.
2) Answer: a) Pia Lindstrom is forthcoming in the documentary about her feelings of regret that her mother wasn’t around much of the time. Her romance with Capa is largely irrelevant to the main point that her children missed the presence of their mother. (Lindstrom, a former tv newscaster in New York, is easily the most articulate on this general subject.)
3) Answer: b) False. Bergman had little compunction about having her children photographed since it was she who did the picture taking. One of the documentary’s revelations is her facility as a photographer. She was a shutterbug and had a camera (moving and still) at the ready almost at all times. Make you wonder if she could have had a career as a director.
4) Answer: A central point made in the documentary is that Bergman’s “sense of adventure” was a powerful if not dominating influence in her life. She never got over the fact that a “simple” Swedish girl could have had the international fame and notoriety that she had. She, to use a cliche, seized the moment. (She personally identified with her 1948 role as St. Joan of Arc.) “Adventure” was also a factor in her love life to mixed feelings among her children.
5) Answer: b) False. Bergman felt confined in Hollywood, and was drawn to the work of Roberto Rossellini by its sense of freedom provided her. Unlike Orson Welles, who always pined for the advantages of big studio Hollywood, Bergman’s career willingly followed where the most interesting work took her — often to London, Paris and Rome.