In 1939 Ingrid Bergman was hailed as a fresh-faced girl, "dignified, gracious, unpretentious and spiritual," who represented everything good that America loved and needed. Although already a wife and mother, she was most often described as innocent, even virginal. But in 1949 this perception changed, and Bergman was no longer a martyr for the sake of her movies; at the time, she was regarded as the foulest of sinners, a renegade whose "powerful influence for evil" was soon to be condemned in churches, schools, and even on the floor of the U. S. Senate. However, Spoto doesn't neglect Bergman's artistic drive and integrity; he creates a portrait of a woman on trial for aspiring to both professional success and intellectual fulfillment. The details accrue to portray a disarmingly modest professional--at times idolized, at times disparaged, but always skilled and committed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is very easy to read, and full of lots of interesting information. But I do have to agree with one reviewer that the author is much too enamored with Bergman. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by L. E. Wilson
This is the third Donald Spoto biography I have read. Out of the three, this one is the best. Spoto obviously has a lot of affection and respect for Bergman, and it looks like he... Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by LadyGolightly
Ingrid Bergman was an actress who acted on stage, screen and
television in five languages . . . doing so, she won three Academy
Awards, a Tony and an Emmy . . . Read more
...so have you never made a mistake? We can thank her money-grubbing first husband Petter Lindstrom for her "indiscretions" with Roberto Rossolini and others---if he had... Read morePublished on March 8, 2004 by K. Coscino