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
|Donald Saunders||(8 September 1985 - 1995) (divorced)|
|Gappe Stang||(1960 - 1965) (divorced)|
Serious, introspective characters
Her willowy and earthy beauty
Featured on the cover of the album "See The Ocean Blue," by The Ocean Blue(1996).
Grew up in and went to school in Trondheim, Norway.
2001: President of jury Festival International de Cannes.
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).
Was twice nominated for Brodway's Tony Awards: in 1975, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for a revival of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," and in 1977, as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie."
In 1977 she was made a Knight of the Order of St. Olav, in 1994 she was promoted to Commander of the Order of St. Olav and in May 2005 she was made Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav, a huge honor in Norway - rarely bestowed upon civilians.
1978: Member of jury at the Cannes 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) (TV), "Scenes from a Marriage" (1973), The Serpent's Egg (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 means life in Norwegian.
Father died during a brain operation when the actress was six.
Has a cottage on a cliff overlooking a fjord in Norway.
Mother-in-law of Niels Fredrik Dahl.
[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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