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Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography
Written by Book by Charlotte Chandler   

ingrid_bergman120.jpgCharlotte Chandler's books about celebrities are some of the best in the market. Not only does she have incredible tenacity for tracking down sources and adding comments from other insiders about the celebrity, Chandler provides wonderful fist-hand comments of her own observations. The details unveiled in the book often seem as if they're coming from a close friend of that celebrity rather than an author interviewing her subject. For Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography Chandler interviewed Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Cary Grant, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and Gregory Peck for the book, which contains synopses of all her films, including the Swedish ones.

There's little one won't know about the iconic actress after reading Chandler's book. From her young life, movie career (there's lot about the famous classic Casablanca), her marriages and children to her frank discussions about different directors and studio moguls.

Comments by Bergman about her first husband Petter Lindstrom like, "I was a little tentative about asking for a divorce, but I wasn't tentative about wanting it. It wasn't that I had found someone else. It was just that Petter and I no longer communicated. We had been apart so much, I didn't know if I had changed, or he had changed, but what had been us had changed," reveal so much about the actress's private life.

I particularity was surprised and enjoyed learning about Bergman's close friendship with Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma. Many of these references show what a great sense of humor Bergman had.

bergman__father200.jpgThe Swedish-born actress would travel the world and cross paths of many of Hollywood's greats and oddities (Howard Hughes). Chandler's book, offered for the first time in paperback, is a fitting tribute to a great actress and anyone who is a fan of classic films will want to own this book. Readers will also enjoy the insert of photos of Bergman during her life in the middle of the book. Also the synopsis' of Bergman's film in one text is a great resource. I found the book hard to put down.

Content from the Publisher -- Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) was perhaps best known for her roles in Casablanca and Notorious, but she won three Oscars for Gaslight, Anastasia, and Murder on the Orient Express, and was a seven-time nominee. She also won two Emmy Awards and a Tony. In 1949, though married and a mother, she fell in love with director Roberto Rossellini and conceived a child with him. Her fans were shocked and she was denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Already a movie star in her native Sweden, Ingrid Bergman came to America in 1939 and became an international sensation. The star of numerous classic films -- Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious, Gaslight -- Bergman shared the screen with such Hollywood icons as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Gregory Peck. But the most dramatic events in Ingrid's life took place off screen, when in 1949, though married and a mother, she began a romance with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. The scandal that followed left her exiled from America, ostracized by Hollywood, vilified in the press -- and separated from her young daughter. For the next seven years, she was able to make films only with Rossellini. But in 1956 Bergman returned to America and resumed her career with Anastasia, for which she won her second Oscar. Bergman continued doing brilliant work for the rest of her life, in such films as Autumn Sonata, Murder on the Orient Express, and the television film, A Woman Called Golda.

In the words of those who were involved, Chandler describes Bergman's life before, during, and after the scandal, revealing surprising truths about this extraordinary woman. In addition to Bergman herself, Chandler spoke with those closest to her, including Roberto Rossellini; their twin daughters, Isabella and Isotta Ingrid; her daughter Pia Lindstrom, as well as many who worked with her over her long and varied career, including Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, Sidney Lumet, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Greta Garbo, Martin Scorsese, Michelangelo Antonioni, Frederico Fellini, and Liv Ullmann, and many more.


"Reading INGRID, I found myself crying tears of sadness and joy. On the pages of this book, Charlotte Chandler portrays my parents as the beautiful people they were and still are." -- Isabella Rossellini

"Ingrid Bergman. What images just the name evokes! But behind the icon on the screen and the scandal in the headlines was a real, flesh-and-blood woman all of us would have liked to know. Meet her now in Charlotte Chandler's INGRID, a biography more exciting and dramatic than most novels." -- Sidney Sheldon


Charlotte Chandler's first book, Hello, I Must Be Going, was a national bestseller about Groucho Marx. Her book I, Fellini was selected as a New York Times notable book and has been published in more than 25 countries. She is also the author of Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder; It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock; The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis; and the just-released Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford. The Penguin Book of Interviews praised her piece on Mae West as one of the best interviews of all time. Chandler is a member of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and lives in New York City.


óŹ Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography

óŹ Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, March, 2008

óŹ ISBN: 978-1-55783-735-6

óŹ Paperback

óŹ 334 pages

óŹ $16.95




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