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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 December 1938Tokyo, Japan
Birth NameLiv Johanne Ullmann
Nickname The Norwegian Angel
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969) and Face to Face (1976). She also had a successful film career away from Bergman (The Abdication (1974), Dangerous Moves (1984).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm

Spouse (2)

Donald Saunders (8 September 1985 - 1995) (divorced)
Gappe Stang (1960 - 1965) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Serious, introspective characters
Her willowy and earthy beauty

Trivia (22)

Was offered the role of "Kate Miller" in Dressed to Kill (1980) by director Brian De Palma, but turned the role down due to the violence of the theme and having a young daughter at the time.
Featured on the cover of the album "See The Ocean Blue," by Blue Ocean (as/correct name: The Ocean Blue).
Grew up in and went to school in Trondheim, Norway.
Bebe Buell named her daughter with Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler, after Liv Ullmann because Buell saw Ullmann's picture on the cover of a magazine the week she gave birth.
She claims to be the only one of Ingmar Bergman's actresses who hasn't fallen in love with Erland Josephson.
Revealed on a Norwegien talk-show November 2003 that the only TV shows she watches regularly are Sex and the City (1998) and Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)
In 2001, Ullmann was President of the Jury at Le Festival International du Film de Cannes (English: The Cannes International Film Festival)).
Was offered guest-starring role in the last episodes of the TV series Sex and the City (1998) that took place in Paris, France. At first she was delighted at the idea since she and her husband were both fans of the show, but when she received the script for the episodes she felt she wasn't right for the part, and backed out.
On a Norwegian celebrity game-show she admitted that she one time accidentally washed her cat in the washing-machine (she managed to stop the machine before it was too late).
Daughter, Linn Ullmann (born Karin Beate Ullmann on August 9, 1966), with writer/director and Liv's frequent collaborator Ingmar Bergman.
Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Awards: in 1975, as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "A Doll's House," by Henrik Ibsen, and in 1977, as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "Anna Christie," by Eugene O'Neill.
In 1977, she was made a Knight (Ridder) of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav by King Olav V; in 1994, she was promoted to Commander (Kommandør) of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav by King Harald V; and in May 2005, she was made Commander with Star (Kommandør med stjerne) of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav by King Harald V, a huge honor in Norway, which is rarely bestowed upon civilians.
In 1978, she was a Member of the Jury at the Cannes International Film Festival.
She and Ingmar Bergman made 10 movies together: Face to Face (1976), Autumn Sonata (1978), The Passion of Anna (1969), Persona (1966), Saraband (2003), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), Das Schlangenei (1977), Shame (1968), Hour of the Wolf (1968) and Cries & Whispers (1972).
1984: Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Outside Scandinavia she has constantly been mistaken for a Swede despite being 100% Norwegian. The reason for this is probably because non-Scandinavians don't realize how ordinary it is for Swedes and Norwegians to work across the borders in the film industry, and mainly because of her frequent collaboration with Swedish filmmaker 'Ingmar Bergman'. One example of this mistake is even evident here on the Internet Movie Database, where her nationality on the award page for the 2001 Cannes Film Festival (jury president) is listed as "Sweden.".
2006: Her performance as Elisabet Vogler in Persona (1966) is ranked #49 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
Her name, "Liv" means life in Norwegian.
Her father died during a brain operation when the Liv was six.
Has a cottage on a cliff overlooking a fjord in Norway.
Mother-in-law of Niels Fredrik Dahl.
Her name and professional reputation were invoked in the film S.O.B. (1981), as motivation for Julie Andrews character to do a partial nude scene.

Personal Quotes (9)

[on working as a director] I've worked with more bad directors than good directors, and you learn by the bad ones because you find out how they destroy other peoples' fantasy life.
[on her frequent co-star, Max von Sydow] He is a friend I love dearly as perhaps you can only love someone you have worked with and known personally. It is a double relationship mixed into one. We haven't worked together for several years and I miss that very much.
Quick cuts and camera angles - they think that's film. That is not film. Film is to show people and life, and to make you know more about life than when you went in. It's not this cut, cut, cut, kill, kill, kill, sex, sex, sex...
The older one gets in this profession, the more people there are with whom one would never work again.
[on Ingrid Bergman] If possible, I admired the woman more than the actress.
I sometimes try to avoid conflict, so I agree instead of saying no.
On solitude: Sometimes it is less hard to wake up feeling lonely when you are alone than wake up feeling lonely when you are with someone.
On growth: Is this not where life's possibilities lie? Not necessarily to arrive, but always to be on the way, in movement.
On experience: What I have always loved most in men is imperfection. I get moved by the wrinkles on the throat of a man. It makes me love him more. I think it is sad that more women don't take the chance that maybe men will be moved by seeing the chin a little less firm than it used to be, that a man will be more in love with his wife because he remembers who she was and sees who she is and thinks, God, isn't that lovely that this happened to her. And be moved by life telling its story there.

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