Remembering Ingrid Bergman

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Ingrid Bergman 8/29/15 - 8/29/82

Ingrid Bergman 8/29/15 – 8/29/82

Today marks the anniversary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth and death.  She was born in Sweden on August 29, 1915 and passed away 67 years – to the day –  after a battle with cancer.  During that time she had an acting career that spanned five decades and won her three Oscars, 2 Emmys and a Tony Award.  She was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1940’s.

I  loved her in Gaslight (1944) , where she played a woman being driven mad by her husband.  Some of us can surely relate to that :)  This was one of her Oscar-winning roles.

My other favorite role she played was Lisa Lund in the romantic WW2 drama, Casablanca (1942) which in my opinion,  is one of the greatest films of all time

 

Ingrid Berman in a publicity still for Casablanca

Ingrid Bergman in a publicity still for Casablanca (1942)

Perhaps the most iconic look of the film (along with Humphrey Bogart’s trench coat) were Ingrid’s smart and chic midi-skirt suits and wide brimmed hats.  And while the film doesn’t have any lavish ballgowns or over-the-top outfits,  the costumes,  designed by the great Orry-Kelly, are some of my favorites and a true reflection of some fabulous forties fashion.

 

Ingrid Bergman in a sheer belted dress for Casablanca. (1942)

Ingrid Bergman in a sheer leaf print dress for Casablanca. (1942)

This striped look is one of my all-time top movie outfits! Paired with that hat and those white shoes it is pure perfection!

Ingrid Bergman in stripes for a publicity photo. (Casablanca 1942)

Ingrid Bergman in stripes for a publicity photo.  (Casablanca 1942)

Ingrid was known for her pure and natural beauty – and this sleek white suit lets her good looks do the talking.

Ingrid Bergman in a white Orry-Kelly suit. (1942)

Ingrid Bergman in a white Orry-Kelly suit. (1942)

Ingrid also showcased some great Hitchcock heroine style in the film Notorious (1946),  with costumes by Edith Head.  This was the first film Head worked on with Hitchcock and the two went on to work on many films together.  “Every costume is indicated when he sends me the script,”  Head wrote in her memoir. “There is always a story reason behind his thinking, an effort to characterize.

Ingrid Bergman in an Edith Head design for the film Notorious. (1946)

Ingrid Bergman in an Edith Head design for the film Notorious. (1946)

And how about this next outfit . . . a zebra print crop top!  Who expected that in the 1940s? And little trivia if you haven’t seen the film – there’s an epic smooch scene between Bergman and Cary Grant that lasts over 2 minutes – totally scandalous for the forties!

Edith Head design for the Hitchcock film Notorious. 1946

Edith Head design for the Hitchcock film Notorious. 1946

And of course this androgynous look is just genius for Bergman’s spy character.

Ingrid Bergman in Notorious. 1946

Ingrid Bergman in Notorious. 1946

Ingrid Bergman was definitely one of the great style icons of the 1940s –  her film fashion went right along with the characters she played – strong and smart but still fabulously feminine and chic!

What’s your favorite Ingrid Bergman film?

Have a glamorous day!

alison

 

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4 thoughts on “Remembering Ingrid Bergman

  1. Totally agree, Jessica. She definitely wasn’t the “Sex goddess” type of celebrity. But she certainly had a sensuality about her, and as you stated, class, grace and talent. An inspirational style icon for sure!

  2. Much like Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid always possessed a certain relate-able, very real world-esque quality to her look that appeals to me a great deal. She was gorgeous and stylish for sure, but didn’t usually veer in the vixen/femme fetale direction, much as I rarely do with my own style, which I think is a big part of the reason why I adore her so much. She had class, grace and (tons of) talent, and really was a tremendous actress.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. Can’t believe she would be 98 yrs. today! Loved her in Gaslight and Notorious…One of the great beauties of all time.

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