Ullmann at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Liv Johanne Ullmann
16 December 1938
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S|
|Occupation||Actress, director and screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Gappe Stang (1960–1965)
Donald Richard Saunders (1985–1995)
|Partner(s)||Ingmar Bergman (1965–1970)
Dragan Babić (two and a half years)
|Children||Linn Ullmann (with Bergman)|
Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama in 1972 for the film The Emigrants (1971), and has been nominated for another four. In 2000, she was nominated for the Palme d'Or for her second directorial feature film, Faithless. She has also received two BAFTA Award nominations for her performances in Scenes from a Marriage (1973) and Face to Face (1976), and two Academy Award nominations for The Emigrants and Face to Face.
Ullmann was born in Tokyo, Japan, the daughter of Erik Viggo Ullmann (1907–1945), a Norwegian aircraft engineer who was working in Tokyo at the time, and Janna Erbe (née Lund; 1910–1996), also Norwegian. Her grandfather was sent to the Dachau concentration camp during the Second World War for helping Jewish people escape from the town where he lived in Norway; he died in the camp. When she was two years old, the family relocated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where her father worked at the Norwegian air force base on Toronto Island (in Lake Ontario) during World War II. The family moved to New York, where four years later, her father died of a brain tumor, an event that affected her greatly. Her mother worked as a bookseller while raising two daughters. They eventually returned to Norway, settling in Trondheim.
Ullmann began her acting career as a stage actress in Norway during the mid-1950s. She continued to act in theatre for most of her career, and became noted for her portrayal of Nora in Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, but became better known once she started to work with Swedish movie director Ingmar Bergman. She later acted, with acclaim, for 10 of his most-admired movies, including Persona (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries and Whispers (1972) and Autumn Sonata (1978), in which her co-actress, Ingrid Bergman, resumed her Swedish cinema career. She co-acted often with Swedish actor and fellow Bergman collaborator, Erland Josephson, with whom she made the Swedish television drama, Scenes from a Marriage (1973), which was also edited to feature-movie length and distributed theatrically. Ullmann acted with Laurence Olivier in A Bridge Too Far (1977), directed by Richard Attenborough.
Nominated more than 40 times for awards, including various lifetime achievement awards, she won the best actress prize three times from the National Society of Film Critics, three times from the National Board of Review, received three awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe. During 1971, Ullmann was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the movie The Emigrants, and again during 1976 for the movie Face to Face.
Ullmann made her New York City stage debut in 1975 also in A Doll's House. Appearances in "Anna Christie and Ghosts followed, as well as the less than successful musical version of I Remember Mama. This show, composed by Richard Rodgers, experienced numerous revisions during a long preview period, then closed after 108 performances. She also featured in the widely deprecated musical movie remake of Lost Horizon during 1973.
In 1980 Brian De Palma, who directed Carrie, wanted Liv Ullmann to play the role as Kate Miller in the erotic crime thriller Dressed to Kill and offered her the role, but she declined because of the violence. The role then went on to Angie Dickinson. In 1982 Ingmar Bergman wanted Ullmann to play the main role as Emelie Ekdahl in his last feature film, Fanny and Alexander, and wrote this role for her with this in mind. But Ullmann felt this role was too sad and declined. Liv Ullmann later stated in interviews that turning down the role was one of the few things she really regrets.
During 1984 she was chairperson of the jury at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival, and during 2002 chaired the jury of Cannes Film Festival. She introduced her daughter, Linn Ullmann, to the audience with the words: "Here comes the woman whom Ingmar Bergman loves the most". Her daughter was there to receive the Prize of Honour on behalf of her father; she would return to serve the jury herself during 2011.
In 2003 Ullmann reprised her role for Scenes from a Marriage in Saraband (2003), Bergman's final telemovie. This was her comeback as an actress since her last role on the screen, in the Swedish movie Zorn (1994).
In 2004 Ullmann revealed that she had gotten an offer in November 2003 to play in 3 episodes of the popular American show, Sex and the City. Ullmann was amused by the offer and said that it was one of the few she actually regularly watched, but she turned down the offer. Later that year Steven Soderbergh wrote a role specially for Liv Ullmann in the movie Ocean's 12 and offered her this role, but also this role was turned down by Ullmann.
She published two autobiographies, Changing (1977) and Choices (1984).
During 2012, she attended the International Indian Film Academy Awards in Singapore, where she was honored for her Outstanding Contributions to International Cinema and she also showed her movie on her relationship with Ingmar Bergman.
Ullmann's first film as a director was Sofie (1992), in which she directed her friend and former co-actor, Erland Josephson. She later directed the Bergman-composed movie Faithless (2000). Faithless garnered nominations for both the Palme d'Or and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
During 2006 Ullmann announced that she had been forced to end her longtime wish of making a film based on A Doll's House. According to her statement, the Norwegian Film Fund was preventing her and writer Kjetil Bjørnstad from pursuing the project. Australian actress Cate Blanchett and British actress Kate Winslet had been cast intended in the main roles of the movie. She later directed Blanchett in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, at the Sydney Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia, which was performed September through October 2009, and then continued from 29 October to 21 November 2009 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where it won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Non-resident Production as well as actress and supporting performer for 2009. The play was also performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2013 it was announced that Ullmann would direct a film adaptation of Miss Julie. The film, released in 2014, stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. It was widely praised by the Norwegian press after its premiere in September 2014.
In addition to Norwegian, Ullmann speaks Swedish, English and other European languages.
Ullmann has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to Hans Jacob Stang, a Norwegian psychiatrist, whom she divorced during 1965. According to her biographer, Ketil Bjørnstad, the marriage was marred by infidelities on both sides. She had a long affair with her colleague, Ingmar Bergman, from 1965-70. One result of the affair was her only child, Linn Ullmann, born 9 August 1966.
During the 1980s, she married Boston real estate developer Donald Saunders, whom she divorced during 1995. The couple continued to live together until 2007.
She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has traveled widely for the organization. She is also co-founder and honorary chair of the Women's Refugee Commission. In 2005, King Harald V of Norway made Ullmann a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav. IN 2006, she received a PhD honoris causa from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
- The Danish Poet won its director Torill Kove the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 79th Academy Awards.
|1992||Sofie||Montreal World Film Festival Special Grand Prize of the Jury
Montreal World Film Festival Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Montreal World Film Festival Most Popular Film
|1995||Kristin Lavransdatter||(from the novel by Sigrid Undset)|
|1996||Private Confessions||Nominated—Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo
Screened at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival
|2000||Faithless||Amanda Ecumenical Film Award
Goya Award for Best European Film
Nominated—Palme d'Or, 2000 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
- 2006: Ibsen Centennial Commemoration Award
- 2012: International Indian Film Academy Awards for Outstanding Contribution to International Cinema
- List of film and television directors
- List of theatre directors in the 20th-21st centuries
- List of Norwegian actors
- List of Norwegian writers
- Vårt Land - Liv Ullmann stoler på Gud
- Vårt Land - Tror på tilgivelse.
- Holden, Stephen (12 December 2013). "A Filmmaker's Hold on His Muse". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- Solway, Diane (October 2009). "Liv the Life". W Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- "Liv Ullmann Biography (1939— )". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- Hattenstone, Simon (3 February 2001). "A Lifelong Liaison". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- Jones, Donald (10 May 1986). "Unravelling Little Norway's Big Secrets". Toronto Star. p. M03.
- Ouzounian, Richard (9 September 2014). "TIFF: Liv Ullmann spent 'worst and best times of my life' in Toronto". Toronto Star. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- "The Bergman connection". The Telegraph. 12 February 2000. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- Marcus, J.S. (17 September 2010). "Liv Ullmann's Return to the Stage". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- "Berlinale: 1984 Juries". Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "30th Moscow International Film Festival (2008)". MIFF. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- "Honoured to Share the Dais with Shabana Azmi, Liv Ullmann: Hassan". Mid Day. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- Scherer, Michael (5 March 2001). "Donald L. Saunders – Donald L. Saunders Campaign Donation Profile". Mother Jones. Retrieved 11 October 2012..
- "Unicef People". UNICEF.
- [dead link] "People: Liv Ullmann, Sharon Stone, Seal". International Herald Tribune. 13 May 2005.
- [dead link] "Honorary Doctors". Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
- "Skammen (1968)". Swedish Film Institute. 2 March 2014.
- "Viewed by as much as two-thirds of the population, one of Norway's most domestically successful films ever – an important cultural event". Goliath.ecnext.com. 22 September 2003. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- [dead link] "Festival de Cannes: Private Confessions". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
- "Festival de Cannes: Faithless". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
- Robert Emmet Long, ed. (2006). Liv Ullmann: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1-57806-823-1, 1-57806-824-X (paper). Collected interviews with Ullmann.
- David Outerbridge (1979). Without Makeup, Liv Ullmann: A Photo-Biography. New York City: William Morrow and Company. ISBN 0-688-03441-1.
- Liv Ullmann (1977). Changing. New York City: Knopf. ISBN 0-394-41148-X. Autobiography.
- Liv Ullmann (1984). Choices. New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-394-53986-9. ISBN 978-0-394-53986-7. Autobiography.
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- Liv Ullmann at the TCM Movie Database
- Works by or about Liv Ullmann in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Liv Ullmann collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- The Guardian/NFT interview with Shane Danielson, 23 January 2001
- Peter Bradshaw review of Trolösa, The Guardian, 9 February 2001
- A 1980 Interview for the Yugoslav Television on YouTube
|Recipient of the Arts Council Norway Honorary Award