Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Actress Liv Ullmann

Liv Ullmann is thought of as a Scandinavian actress, but she is in fact a child of the world.

Born in Tokyo to Norwegian parents while her father was working in Japan, she went on to live in Canada before her family returned to Norway.  She began her acting career there on the stage, then she worked in the movies with the great Ingmar Bergman in Sweden.  She now lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Oh yeah, her career.  Well, she appeared in some of Bergman's greatest movies, including Persona, The Passion of AnnaCries and Whispers, and Autumn Sonata.  She also appeared in Bergman's Swedish television miniseries Scenes From a Marriage, which was edited down to a 167-minute theatrical release for the U.S.   She's also been a director, making Sofie in 1992 with her Scenes From a Marriage co-star Erland Josephson.

Mainstream American audiences may remember her role in the 1977 World War II drama A Bridge Too Far

As of June 2012, she was planning to direct a film adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie with Michele Williams.

How well-traveled is Liv Ullmann?  She became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in the late seventies.  

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