Bibi Andersson

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Bibi Andersson
Andersson in 1961
Berit Elisabet Andersson

(1935-11-11)11 November 1935
Stockholm, Sweden
Died14 April 2019(2019-04-14) (aged 83)
Stockholm, Sweden
Years active1951–2009
  • (m. 1960; div. 1973)
  • (m. 1979; div. 1981)
  • Gabriel Mora Baeza
    (m. 2004)

Berit Elisabet Andersson (11 November 1935 – 14 April 2019),[1][2] known professionally as Bibi Andersson (Swedish: [ˈbɪ̂bːɪ ˈânːdɛˌʂɔn]), was a Swedish actress who was best known for her frequent collaborations with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

Early life and career[edit]

Andersson was born in Kungsholmen, Stockholm, the daughter of Karin (née Mansion), a social worker, and Josef Andersson, a businessman.[3][4]

Her first collaboration with Ingmar Bergman came in 1951,[5] when she participated in his production of an advertisement for the detergent Bris.[6] She also worked as an extra on film sets as a teenager,[2] and studied acting at the Terserus Drama School and at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School (1954–1956).[3][4] She then joined the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.[7]

In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Andersson starred in 10 motion pictures and three television films directed by Bergman. With Ingrid Thulin, Eva Dahlbeck and Barbro Hiort af Ornäs, 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.[8] The other films included The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Magician, The Passion of Anna, The Touch, and Persona.[5]

In 1963, Andersson won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival for her performance in Vilgot Sjöman's The Mistress.[9]

From the mid-1960s onwards[edit]

Andersson's intense portrayal of a nurse in the film Persona (1966) – in which actress Elizabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann), suffering from a psychosomatic condition, is mostly mute – involved her delivering the majority of the dialogue.[8] For her performance in Persona, she won the award for Best Actress at the 4th Guldbagge Awards.[10] That year, she was seen alongside James Garner and Sidney Poitier in the Western Duel at Diablo.[2] More Bergman collaborations followed, and she worked with John Huston (The Kremlin Letter, 1970)[11] and Robert Altman (Quintet, 1979, with Paul Newman).[12] She was actor Steve McQueen's co-star in his only film with credit as a producer, a stage adaptation by Arthur Miller of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (1977).[13]

Andersson made her debut in American theatre in 1973 with a production of Erich Maria Remarque's Full Circle.[14] Her most famous American film is I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), which also starred Kathleen Quinlan.[15]

In 1990, Andersson worked as a theatre director in Stockholm, directing several plays at Dramaten.[16] 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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Andersson published her autobiography, Ett ögonblick (A Moment, or, literally, A Blink of the Eye).[18] 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 (1979, divorced).[citation needed] Andersson then married Gabriel Mora Baeza on 29 May 2004.[19] In 2009, she had a stroke;[20] an article published the following year says that from that time on she had been hospitalized and was unable to speak.[21]

She was the younger sister of Swedish film actress Gerd Andersson.

Andersson died on 14 April 2019, aged 83 from complications of a stroke.[2][22]

Selected filmography[edit]

Andersson appeared in the following films:[23]

Awards and honours[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d Gates, Anita (14 April 2019). "Bibi Andersson, Luminous Presence in Bergman Films, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 April 2019 – via
  3. ^ a b Segrave, Kerry; Martin, Linda (1990). The Continental Actress: European Film Stars of the Postwar Era. McFarland. pp. 274. ISBN 0-89950-510-4.
  4. ^ a b Wilson, H.W. Current biography yearbook. H.W. Wilson Company. p. 13. ISBN 0-8242-0997-4.
  5. ^ a b "Eight key actors in the Ingmar Bergman universe". British Film Institute. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (6 January 2003). "Now wash your hands". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Bibi Andersson, 'Persona,' 'The Seventh Seal' Actress, Dies at 83". Variety. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b Bergan, Ronald (15 April 2019). "Bibi Andersson obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Berlinale: Prizes & Honours 1963". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Persona". Swedish Film Institute. 1 March 2014.
  11. ^ "The Kremlin Letter (1970)". Shock Cinema Magazine. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ Canby, Vincent (9 February 1979). "Film: Altman Offers Apocalyptic Fantasy:End Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  13. ^ Maslin, Janet (11 August 1981). "MCQUEEN IN 1976 'ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE'". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  14. ^ Barnes, Clive (8 November 1973). "The Stage: Remarque's 'Full Circle'". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  15. ^ Ebert, Roger. "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Arkivet Rollboken – Dramaten". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Bibi Andersson". Ingmar Bergman. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Ett ögonblick från 1996". Tradera. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Bibi Andersson gift i hemlighet". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Acclaimed actress Bibi Andersson has died, aged 83". Far Out Magazine. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Nu kämpar Bibi för att prata igen". Expressen. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  22. ^ "Bibi Andersson dies at 84". The Washington Times. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Bibi Andersson". Svensk Filmdatabas. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Sweden's Bibi Andersson holds out her Ibsen Centennial Award". Getty Images. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  25. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2015). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names: Addendum to 6th Edition: 2012-2014. Springer. p. 192. ISBN 9783319176772.

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