Harriet Andersson

Actor, Dancer
A sensual, stunningly beautiful member of Ingmar Bergman's troupe, Harriet Andersson was featured in many of the director's early classics. Unlike other typical Swedish leading ladies, Andersson was dark-haired, but her ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1932 in Sweden

Filmography

Actor (32)

Sommaren Med Monika 2007 (Movie)

Monika Eriksson (Actor)

Dogville 2004 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Gossip 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happy End 1998 (Movie)

Marja (Actor)

I Rollerna Tre 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond the Sky 1992 (Movie)

Miss Kjaer (Actor)

Blankt Vapen 1990 (Movie)

Mama (Actor)

Himmel og Helvede 1988 (Movie)

Jasmin (Actor)

Sommarkvallar pa jorden 1987 (Movie)

Magda (Actor)

Raskenstam 1983 (Movie)

Cecilia Andersson (Actor)

Linus 1979 (Movie)

Lilly (Actor)

La Sabina 1978 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

Hempa's Bar 1977 (Movie)

Sonja (Actor)

Monismanien 1995 1975 (Movie)

Teacher's Wife (Actor)

Cries and Whispers 1973 (Movie)

Agnes (Actor)

Den Vita Vaggen 1973 (Movie)

Monika Larsson (Actor)

The Girls 1971 (Movie)

Myrrhine (Actor)

Anna 1969 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

Ann Dobbs (Actor)

Adventure Starts Here 1965 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Not to Speak About All These Women 1964 (Movie)

Isolde (Actor)

Loving Couples 1963 (Movie)

Agda (Actor)

To Love 1963 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

A Sunday in September 1962 (Movie)

Birgitta (Actor)

Through A Glass Darkly 1961 (Movie)

Karin (Actor)

A Lesson in Love 1960 (Movie)

Nix--David and Marianne's Daughter (Actor)

The Last Couple Out 1956 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Dreams 1955 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Smiles of a Summer Night 1955 (Movie)

Petra--the Egerman's Maid (Actor)

Sawdust and Tinsel 1953 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Anderssonskans Kalle 1950 (Movie)

Majken (Actor)

Biography

A sensual, stunningly beautiful member of Ingmar Bergman's troupe, Harriet Andersson was featured in many of the director's early classics. Unlike other typical Swedish leading ladies, Andersson was dark-haired, but her outsider appearance was used to smoldering, even kittenish appeal. She began by performing dance halls while still a teenager and at age 18 made her screen debut in "Medan Staden Sover/While the City Sleeps" (1950). Bergman cast her two years later using her coarse but sensual appeal to good effect in "Summer with Monika" (It is a still photograph from this film that Jean-Pierre Leaud steals in Francois Truffaut's 1959 masterpiece "The 400 Blows".) For the director, she was often the lower-class girl, as in her circus performer in "Sawdust and Tinsel" (1953) or her maid Petra in the comic "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955). Bergman elevated her somewhat as the schizophrenic in "Through a Glass Darkly" (1961) and the dying sister in "Cries and Whispers" (1972) but in their final screen collaboration "Fanny and Alexander" (1981) had her back as a kitchen maid.

Despite the international attention Andersson received for her work with Bergman, it was her husband Jorn Donner who offered her more substantial roles. She received a Best Actress citation from the 1964 Venice Film Festival as a married woman rediscovering the pleasures of sex and romance in Donner's "To Love". More recently, Andersson projected underlying rebellion as a sympathetic teacher in "Beyond the Sky" (1993).

Unlike her colleagues such as Bibi Andersson or Liv Ullmann who were also launched by Bergman, Andersson has made few international films. She made her English-language debut in Sidney Lumet's "The Deadly Affair" (1966), but seemed more at ease working with her countrymen. Andersson has made a handful of Swedish TV-movies, including "I HHHavsbandet" (1971), and occasional stage appearances, including playing Anne Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank" in 1953 and Ophelia in "Hamlet".

Relationships

Ingmar Bergman Screenplay

Companion
together c. 1955-56

Jorn Donner Screenplay

Husband
Divorced

Milestones

1993

Starred in "Beyond the Sky"

1982

Played the kitchen maid in "Fanny and Alexander", directed by Bergman

1972

Co-starred in Bergman's "Cries and Whispers"

1969

Played title role in Donner's "Anna"

1966

First English language film, Sidney Lumet's "The Deadly Affair"

1964

Won widespread acclaim for "Att Alska/To Love"

1963

Directed by Jorn Donner in "A Sunday in September"

1961

Performed with Halsingborg town theater

1956

Acted with Intiman theater company, Stockholm

1953

Performed with a theater company in Malmo, Sweden

1952

First film collaboration with Ingmar Bergman as director, "Sommaren med Monika/Summer with Monika"

1950

Screen acting debut in "Medan staden sover/While the City Sleeps" (story by Ingmar Bergman; directed by Lars-Eric Kjellgren)

1949

Made professional stage debut

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