I would like to address a type of photo that really stands out in my view of Ingrid Bergman's life. There are many pictures of Ingrid holding hay, sitting on or next to farm equipment, and acting like a "Swedish milk-maid" or "the girl next door." Based on things I've read about her early career as well as interviews held with Ingrid, it makes sense that they marketed her this way. She didn't want to do the same nip/tuck thing all the other stars were doing, so they decided to promote her as "natural" and "innocent." Due to the events following her early career, the "Rossellini period," if you will, these pictures stand out.
I feel like the studios, photographs and films from Ingrid's early years in America, set her up as an idealistic figure that no one, including Ingrid, could ever fully achieve. Though not all of her characters were so innocent, they were often victims, as most female characters of the time are, if they are not a femme fatale (which we all know what happens to them...whawh-whawh.). Ingrid's timing of her career and "scandal" were historically a bombshell. The times were all about ideals, conformity, patriotism, Christian based morality, communism, international relations and maintaining neutrality, as well as remaining in one's set gender roles: especially if one were in the limelight as well as a wife and mother.
Ingrid always did what she wanted; I like that.
Her "saint-like" appeal to Americans and their devotion to her really backfired when she went on a new artistic and romantic endeavour. It was not her firest liaison with an extramarital affair but because Americans saw her as Sister Bendidict, it did not go over well.
I think the pictures of Ingrid with hay are beautiful and of course they wanted to promote her as much as possible, but with her story, they set her up for unavoidable disaster.
Here are the now almost literal bomb shell pictures: