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06 May 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: Ingrid Bergman - Sinner or Saint?

In the 1940s, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman became one of Hollywood's brightest stars. Whether acting the role of saint or sinner, Bergman found in her characters the extremes of her own devoted and passionate nature. When she fell in love with Italian director Roberto Rossellini, she fell from grace and American authorities branded her "an apostle of degradation". Today twelve collectors cards of two her best roles -  as 'sinner' Alicia in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946) and as Jeanne d'Arc in Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming, 1948). And was Bergman herself a sinner or a saint? Neither, she was a modern Swedish woman and a terrific actress.

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946).

Ingrid Bergman and Louis Calhern in Notorious (1946)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) with Louis Calhern (moustache).

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) with Cary Grant.

Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains and Leopoldine Konstantin in Notorious (1946)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) with Claude Rains and Leopoldine Konstantin.

Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains in Notorious (1946)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) with Claude Rains.

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) with Cary Grant.

Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948)
German collectors card, no. 6. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming, 1948).

Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948)
German collectors card, no. 18. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming, 1948).

Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming, 1948).

Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming, 1948).

Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948)
German collectors card. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming, 1948).

Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948)
German collectors card, no. 15. Photo: RKO Radio Film. Publicity still for Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming, 1948).

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2 comments:

Bunched Undies said...

Great collection. Such a talented beauty.

Beth Niquette said...

I have always loved Ingrid Bergman. She was a wonderful woman. I have a feeling she was a mix of both. What a wonderful collection, my Friend!

Thank you so much for posting. Have a perfectly lovely weekend. It is Mother's Day here in the US. :D I get to see my dear kids today. Though they are grown--a mother's heart is never far away from her children. :D