Liv Ullmann

Actor, Director, Writer
Possessing one of the most expressive faces in cinema history, Liv Ullmann will forever be associated with the work of her mentor Ingmar Bergman. She was his muse, his female alter ego inspiring him to look deeply into ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1938 in Tokyo, , JP

Filmography

Actor (55)

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Two Lives 2014 (Movie)

Åse (Actor)

LIv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

I et speil, i en gate 2008 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films 2007 (Movie)

("The Danish Poet" ("Den Danske Dikteren")) (Narrator)

The Danish Poet 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Saraband 2005 (Movie)

Marianne--Lawyer (Actor)

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zorn 1994 (Movie)

Emma Zorn (Actor)

Dromspel 1993 (Movie)

Ticket Seller (Actor)

The Ox 1992 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Mindwalk 1991 (Movie)

Sonia Hoffman (Actor)

The Long Shadow 1991 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Gli Indifferenti 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rose Garden 1989 (Movie)

Gabriele Freund (Actor)

La Amiga 1988 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Gaby-A True Story 1987 (Movie)

Sari Brimmer (Actor)

Mosca Addio 1986 (Movie)

Ida Nudel (Actor)

Pourvu que ce soit une fille 1986 (Movie)

Elena Leonardo (Actor)

Bay Boy 1984 (Movie)

Jennie Campbell (Actor)

Dangerous Moves 1984 (Movie)

Marina (Actor)

Ingrid 1984 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Richard's Things 1981 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Wild Duck 1981 (Movie)

Gina Ackland (Actor)

Players 1979 (Movie)

Spectator (Actor)

Autumn Sonata 1978 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Kate ter Horst (Actor)

A Look at Liv 1976 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Face to Face 1976 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

Manuela Rosenberg (Actor)

Leonor 1975 (Movie)

Leonor (Actor)

Zandy's Bride 1974 (Movie)

Hannah Lund (Actor)

Cries and Whispers 1973 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Scenes From a Marriage 1973 (Movie)

Marianne (Actor)

The Abdication 1973 (Movie)

Queen Christina (Actor)

40 Carats 1972 (Movie)

Ann Stanley (Actor)

Lost Horizon 1972 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Nybyggarna 1972 (Movie)

Kristina Nilsson (Actor)

Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Ingmar Bergman 1971 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Emigrants 1971 (Movie)

Kristina (Actor)

De la Part des Copains 1970 (Movie)

Fabienne (Actor)

The Night Visitor 1970 (Movie)

Esther Jenks (Actor)

The Passion of Anna 1970 (Movie)

Anna Fromm (Actor)

Hour of the Wolf 1968 (Movie)

Alma Borg (Actor)

Shame 1968 (Movie)

Eva Rosenberg (Actor)

Persona 1967 (Movie)

Elisabeth Vogler (Actor)

The Human Voice (TV Show)

Actor
Director (7)

Miss Julie 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Faithless 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Private Confessions 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Kristin Lavransdatter 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Sofie 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Love 1982 (Movie)

("Parting") (Director)
Writer (3)

Miss Julie 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kristin Lavransdatter 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sofie 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Possessing one of the most expressive faces in cinema history, Liv Ullmann will forever be associated with the work of her mentor Ingmar Bergman. She was his muse, his female alter ego inspiring him to look deeply into himself. More than any other Bergman actress, she embodied his core themes of anguish, loss and failure, and the nine films they made over 12 years represent the director at his peak, exploring his most private concerns. Throughout their collaboration, Bergman photographed Ullmann extensively in close-up, trusting her honesty completely, and the camera's proximity never intimidated the superb parade of emotions emanating from her luminous blue eyes and softly rounded features. Their professional life survived the dissolution of their private life, and years after she played her last role for him, Bergman asked her to interpret his autobiographical screenplay "Private Confessions" (1997) and allowed her to put her personal stamp on it as director, adding a new dynamic to their artistic relationship.

Relationships

Janna Ullman

Mother

Ingmar Bergman Screenplay

Companion
together for five years c. 1965-70

Donald Saunders

Husband
married in 1985 lives in Boston in process of divorcing as of May 1998 reportedly will continue to cohabitate after divorce

Gene Simmons Actor

Companion
Dated the KISS rocker

Gappe Stang

Husband
married in 1960 divorced in 1965

Viggo Ullman

Father
moved from Tokyo to Toronto at outbreak of WWII

Linn Ullmann Actor

Daughter

Linn Ullmann

Daughter
born in March 1966 father, Ingmar Bergman married lawyer Espen Toendel in August 1989 published first novel "Before You Sleep" in 1999 reportedly has a strained relationship with her mother

EDUCATION

Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art

studied acting for eight months when she was 17

Milestones

2000

Directed "Faithless", an autobiographical script by Bergman; Erland Josephson hired to portray Ingmar Bergman

1996

Reteamed with Bergman who requested she helm his screenplay "Private Confessions", a continuation of his autobiographical films that began with "Fanny and Alexander" (1983) and included Billie August's "The Best Intentions" and son Danniel Bergman's "Sund

1995

Contributed to "Lumiere and Company"

1995

Sophomore effort behind the camera, "Kristin Lavransdatter"; also wrote script, adapting Sigrid Undset's epic novel of 14th Century Norway for which the author received the 1928 Nobel Prize and may have inspired parts of "Gone With the Wind"; reportedly t

1994

Fourth film acting with Andersson, "Dromspel", based on August Strindberg's "A Dream Play"; Josephson also in film

1992

Starred opposite Michael York in "The Long Shadow", feature directing debut of another famous cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond

1992

Feature directorial debut, "Sofie", a Bergmanesque tale of a young Jew in late 19th-century Copenhagen; based on the novel "Mendel Philipsen and Sons" by Henri Nathansens; Josephson acted in film; also co-scripted

1991

Appeared along with von Sydow and Josephson in "Th Ox", the feature directorial debut of Bergman's longtime cinematographer Sven Nykvist

1989

Portrayed an attorney who defends Maximillian Schell against charges of having been a Nazi in "The Rose Garden"

1987

Headlined Luis Mandoki's "Gaby--A True Story", playing the title character's mother

1984

Acted in the Oscar-winning (Best Foreign Film) "Dangerous Moves"

1982

Returned to Broadway in Ibsen's "Ghosts"

1981

First screenplay credit and debut as a director with the "Parting" segment of the anthology feature "Love"

1980

Played widow seduced by husband's lover in Harvey's "Richard's Things", sripted by Frederic Raphael from his novel

1980

Appointed goodwill ambassador of UNICEF

1979

Broadway musical debut in Richard Rodgers' "I Remember Mama"

1979

Acted in "Great Performances" (PBS) presentation of "The Human Voice", a monologue during which a despondent and desperate woman tries vainly to communicate on the telephone with her former lover; Ingrid Bergman had played it for a 1967 ABC telecast

1978

Ninth and last film acting for Bergman, "Autumn Sonata"; played Ingrid Bergman's daughter

1977

Played title role of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" on Broadway; Garbo had played part in 1930 movie

1977

Subject of a feature-length documentary, "A Look at Liv"

1976

Earned second Best Actress Oscar nomination for Bergman's "Face to Face"; starred opposite Josephson

1975

American stage debut in New York Shakespeare Festival revival of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"

1974

Following in Greta Garbo's footsteps, played Queen Christina in Anthony Harvey's "The Abdication"

1973

US film debut, the ill-fated musical remake of "Lost Horizon"; also sang in film

1973

Offered an outstanding performance in Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage", mining the breakup of her own five-year relationship with the director for the part; third film with Andersson; fourth with Josephson; originally made for Swedish TV

1973

Reprised her "Emigrants" role for Troell's "The New Land", again opposite von Sydow

1972

Received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Jan Troell's "The Emigrants"; starred opposite von Sydow

1968

Reteamed with Bergman, Andersson and Josephson for "The Passion of Anna"

1968

Initial collaboration with actors Erland Josephson and Max von Sydow, Bergman's "Hour of the Wolf"

1966

Swedish film debut, Ingmar Bergman's "Persona"; starred opposite Bibi Andersson

1960

Became a member of the Norwegian National Theater Company

1957

Made stage debut in title role, "The Diary of Anne Frank" at Stavanger, Norway

1957

Film debut, "Fools in the Mountain"

Moved to Norway from Toronto after death of father

Family moved from Japan to Canada at the outbreak of WWII

Bonus Trivia

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Took a year off from acting to tour Europe as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (1980-81)

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Received the Dag Hammarskjold award (1986)

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Presented the Order of St. Olav (also known as the Peer Gynt Award) by the King of Norway

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Ullmann served as president of the jury at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival (stepping in for a previously announced Jodie Foster who withdrew over scheduling conflicts).

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