8/29/1915 to 8/29/1982
Born in Stockholm, Sweden. Her mother died when she was only two and her father died when she was 12. She went to live with an elderly uncle. At 18, after school graduation, the lonely and shy girl decided to become an actress. In 1934 she debuted in the Swedish film Munkbrogreven (1935). She soon rose to stardom and by 1936 was Sweden’s leading film star and got first offers from Hollywood. In 1937 she married Dr. Peter Lindstrom, and in 1938 she gave birth to a daughter, Friedel Pia (aka Pia Lindström).
In May 1939 she arrived in New York to do a remake of Escape to Happiness (1939). The beginning of WWII in Europe persuaded her and her family to return to America in 1940. In 1942 Casablanca (1942) premiered and made her a star of the first rank. Her acting in her next film, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), won her an Academy Award nomination. In late 1943 she began working on Murder in Thornton Square (1944), which won her the 1944 Academy Award.
She followed that film with such classics as Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945) with Gregory Peck and Notorious (1946) with Cary Grant.
Ingrid returned to Europe after the scandalous publicity surrounding her affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini during the filming of Stromboli (1950). In the same month the film was released she gave birth to a boy, Robertino. A week after her son was born she divorced Dr. Lindstrom and married Rossellini in Mexico. In June of 1952 she gave birth to the twin daughters Isotta and Isabella Rossellini. From 1951 to 1955 she and her husband did a series of films that were ahead of their time but were generally not received well, especially in the US, where many conservative political and religious leaders still raised a hue and cry about her past. Tired and convinced that she would never make a successful film with Rosselini, she returned to Hollywood and triumphed in Anastasia (1956), for which she received another Oscar. In 1957 she divorced Rosselini and the next year she married Lars Schmidt, a theatrical entrepreneur from a wealthy Swedish shipping family. She received a third Oscar for her role in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). By 1975 she was divorced again. In 1978 she starred in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata (1978), probably her best film artistically.
In the late 1970s she first discovered the symptoms of cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Her last role was in the television film A Woman Called Golda (1982) (TV). For it she won (posthumously) US television's Emmy Award as outstanding actress in a mini-series. She died in London on August 30, 1982, the day after having a small birthday party with a few friends.