Saturday, August 29, 2009


It's the big day. A bittersweet celebration for all of us Ingrid Bergman fans.
Today marks the 94th anniversary of the birth of Ingrid Bergman as well as the 27th anniversary of her death.
In case you weren't aware, Ingrid Bergman died on her 67th birthday (not assuming you can't do math or decipher the previous statement, it's merely a lead in. lol).
Ingrid Freidel Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29th, 1915 to Justus and Freidel Bergman. Her mother died when she was 3 and her father died when she was 12. Though Ingrid faced personal troubles most of her life, she prospered into the --insert heavy opinion-- BEST actress of all time.
Ingrid loved acting more than anything. She loved the work, the feeling, the escape, the beauty, the families and every other aspect. She devoted her life to the art. This, of course, wasn't easy for many to understand and left many by the way side.
Ingrid's daughter, Pia, once described her mother as a "train on train tracks" claiming that once Ingrid made up her mind to do something, get on board or get out of the way.
I love this about Ingrid. No apologies. Just hard work.
Ingrid made over 50 films during her time on this earth. I often think of her as my guardian angel, or at least my guide through life. Whenever I can't figure something out I say "W.W.I.D.?" "What would Ingrid do?"
Even if it's outlandish or ridiculous, it can at least make me laugh. Plus, I think Ingrid would have understood this mentality. She looked to Joan of Arc in the same way (and probably would have blogged about it if technology had warranted such a task).
She is an eternal icon. Her face is captured for eternity in film, photographs and words. We know her voice and her looks, long after she has left us.
I am glad to have known Ingrid, if only through books, film and television. I am grateful for the communities of people she has guided me to (chances are, that's you I'm referring to, since you're reading my blog, lol.). I wish I had known her. Even if she were not the Ingrid I have built in my head, I'd still want it. Her ability to be an iconic star and yet so human is what draws me to her. Not to mention her spirit and insanely amazing acting ability.
Ingrid lived many ups and downs. In her films, her career and her life. This is what we celebrate here @ Ingrid Bergman Life and Films and I thank you all for your support.
It is amazing that she lived a full circled life. She entered and exited like a true actress; with grace, dignity and a performance no one will ever forget.


Kinga said...

Yes, happy birthday, Ingrid!

lovely post, Alexis! and as always, thank you for doing the blog on her! have a great weekend!

Sebina said...

Great tribute and great blog - I have so many fond memories of watching her films throughout my life - she still a favourite of mine!

Happy birthday dear Ingrid :)

Mike said...

29 AUGUST = 7 Shahrivar
(in Persian Calendar)

In this day one angel came to the earth from the heaven , she was God's masterpiece in Art and beauty. Her name was InGrid that means doughter of hero.

Happy birthday INGRID !

You're alive in our hearts and minds for ever.

Lolita said...

Lovely tribute to my landlady, Bergman! Nice job :)

María said...

I know exactly how you feel because I feel the same way.
She was such a great lady, so classy, talented and beautiful. So sad she's no longer with us on earth.

I've been following your blog, i knew you were going to pay her a post, I'm so grateful for that.

Happy Birthday darling Ingrid, I love You.

(sorry about my English)

Ruby said...

Oh, beautiful post!
Thanks Alexis for remember Ingrid bday!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful words for a wonderful woman's birthday tribute!
Happy birthday to you, beautiful Ingrid! Thank you for being such a true inspiration with your integrity, grace, intelligence, determination and talent. :)

Christie said...

yayyy. Happy Birthday Ingrid!! I know shes partying it up w. Cary Grant and all her Hollywood friends along with the little angels up in heaven :)

Inquiring Camera Girl said...

I've just discovered your blog and I love it. It's nice to know there are other Ingrid Bergman fans out there and that this is beautiful, talented actress is far from being forgotten.

"Notorious" is my favorite movie of all time; it's been my favorite since the first time I watched it as a teenager. As silly as this seems, Ingrid has had a huge impact of my life. I strive to be as classy and vivacious as she was.

Thanks for the wonderful blog!


Sheri said...

The picture of Ingrid as a baby being held by her mama is great! Ingrid looks so much like her! This was a wonderful tribute to Ingrid on her birthday...great job Alexis! Now...what movie should I watch to celebrate her life?

Alexis said...

To all of you-- Thank you for your comments! I just came back from a weekend away from the computer and to have 10 comments with out saying anything is a fantastic coming home gift!

I love Ingrid, as we all know, and I'm glad to share this with you all. I'm also glad that you love her too and appreciate all she has given us.

Your comments are wonderful and I look forward to more in the future!

Ingridly love,

PS Mike, you've seriously started a trend with the "Ingridly" word! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday for my sweet Miss Bergman


ashley elliot said...

i could've written this myself. not just about ingrid, either. but every sentiment you feel is a reflection of how i feel. beautifully written, and i love the photos, too!

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