Andersson in 1961
Berit Elisabet Andersson
11 November 1935
|Died||14 April 2019 (aged 83)|
|Other names||Birgitta Andersson|
Berit Elisabet Andersson (11 November 1935 – 14 April 2019), known professionally as Bibi Andersson (Swedish: [²bɪbːɪ ²anːdɛˌʂɔn]), was a Swedish actress who was best known for her frequent collaborations with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Early life and career
Her first collaboration with Ingmar Bergman came in 1951, when she participated in his production of an advertisement for the detergent Bris. She also worked as an extra on film sets as a teenager, and studied acting at the Terserus Drama School and at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School (1954–1956). She then joined the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.
In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s Andersson starred in ten motion pictures and three television films directed by Bergman. With Ingrid Thulin and Eva Dahlbeck, she shared the Best Actress Prize at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival for the director's Brink of Life, a film set in a maternity ward. The other films included The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Magician, The Passion of Anna, The Touch, and Persona.
From the mid-1960s onwards
Andersson's intense portrayal of a nurse in the film Persona (1966) – in which the actress Elizabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann), suffering from a psychosomatic condition, is mostly mute – involved her delivering the majority of the dialogue. For her performance in Persona, she won the award for Best Actress at the 4th Guldbagge Awards. That year she was seen alongside James Garner and Sidney Poitier in the western Duel at Diablo. More Bergman collaborations followed, and she worked with John Huston (The Kremlin Letter, 1970) and Robert Altman (Quintet, 1979, with Paul Newman). She was actor Steve McQueen's co-star in his only credited film as a producer, a film of Arthur Miller's stage adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (1977).
Andersson made her debut in American theatre in 1973 with a production of Erich Maria Remarque's Full Circle. Her most famous American film is I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), which also starred Kathleen Quinlan.
In 1990, Andersson worked as a theatre director in Stockholm, directing several plays at Dramaten. In the late 1980s and early 1990s she worked primarily in television and as a theatre actress, working with Bergman and others. She was also a supervisor for the Road to Sarajevo, a humanitarian project.
In 1996, Andersson published her autobiography, Ett ögonblick (A Moment, or, literally, A Blink of the Eye). She was married first to the director Kjell Grede (1960, divorced) with whom she had a daughter; and secondly to politician and writer Per Ahlmark (1978, divorced). Andersson then married Gabriel Mora Baeza on 29 May 2004. In 2009, she had a stroke; an article published the following year says that from that time on she had been hospitalized and was unable to speak.
She was the younger sister of Swedish film actress Gerd Andersson.
Andersson appeared in the following films:
- Miss Julie (1951)
- Ubåt 39 (1952)
- Dumbom (1953)
- Vingslag i natten (1953)
- A Night at Glimmingehus (1954)
- Herr Arnes penningar (1954)
- Flickan i regnet (1955)
- Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
- Last Pair Out (1956)
- Egen ingång (1956)
- The Seventh Seal (1957)
- Mr. Sleeman Is Coming (1957)
- Wild Strawberries (1957)
- Summer Place Wanted (1957)
- You Are My Adventure (1958)
- Brink of Life (1958)
- Rabies (1958)
- The Magician (1958)
- Den kära leken (1959)
- The Devil's Eye (1960)
- Bröllopsdagen (1960)
- The Pleasure Garden (1961)
- The Mistress (1962)
- Square of Violence (1963)
- All These Women (1964)
- Ön (1966)
- My Sister, My Love (1966)
- Duel at Diablo (1966)
- Persona (1966)
- Pardon, Are You for or Against? (1966)
- Black Palm Trees (1968)
- The Girls (1968)
- Blow Hot, Blow Cold (1969)
- The Passion of Anna (1969)
- The Kremlin Letter (1970)
- Story of a Woman (1970)
- The Touch (1971)
- The Man from the Other Side (1971)
- Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
- La Rivale (1974)
- It's Raining on Santiago (1975)
- Blondie (1976)
- I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
- An Enemy of the People (1978)
- L'Amour en question (1978)
- Quintet (1979)
- Twice a Woman (1979)
- The Concorde ... Airport '79 (1979)
- Marmalade Revolution (1980)
- Exposed (1983)
- A Hill on the Dark Side of the Moon (1983)
- Sista leken (1984)
- Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985) (TV)
- Poor Butterfly (1986)
- Babette's Feast (1987)
- Creditors (1988)
- Dreamplay (1994)
- The Butterfly's Dream (1994)
- Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)
- The Lost Prince (TV, 2003)
- Arn – The Knight Templar (2007)
Awards and honours
- 2006: Ibsen Centennial Commemoration Award
- 73767 Bibiandersson, a minor planet discovered by Eric Walter Elst, is named after her.
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- Schmadel, Lutz D. (2015). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names: Addendum to 6th Edition: 2012-2014. Springer. p. 192. ISBN 9783319176772.
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