with Bob Fosse in Broadway play, Pal Joey (1963)
|Born||Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors
29 December 1920
|Died||25 October 1995
|Spouse(s)||George Tabori (1953–1970; divorced)
Don Siegel (1948–1953; divorced)
Folke Rogard (1944–1948; divorced)
Harry Hasso (1941–1943; divorced)
|Children||John Tabori with Hasso
Kristoffer Tabori, with Siegel
Lena Tabori, with Rogard
Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors (29 December 1920 – 25 October 1995), better known under her professional name of Viveca Lindfors, was a Swedish stage and film actress.
Life and career
Lindfors was born in Uppsala, Sweden, the daughter of Karin Emilia Therese (née Dymling) and Axel Torsten Lindfors. She trained at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, Stockholm. Soon after, she became a theater and film star in Sweden. She moved to the United States in 1946 after being signed by Warner Bros. and began working in Hollywood. She appeared in more than one hundred films including Night Unto Night, No Sad Songs for Me, Dark City, King of Kings, Creepshow, The Sure Thing, and Stargate.
She appeared with actors such as Ronald Reagan, Jeffrey Hunter, Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott and Errol Flynn. In 1963 she appeared in the film An Affair of the Skin as the mistress of Kevin McCarthy's character. Lindfors appeared in an television episode of the first season of Twelve O'Clock High. She also appeared on television, including the 1959 episode "The Temple of the Swinging Doll" of the NBC espionage drama Five Fingers, starring David Hedison. Later, she had a recurring role on the ABC series Life Goes On, for which she won an Emmy Award. Lindfors appeared with Joseph Cotten and Ward Bond in the 1957 film The Halliday Brand. One of her last performances was in the original Stargate film in which she played the role of Catherine Langford.
Among her later film roles, perhaps the most memorable is the kindly and worldly-wise Professor Taub in The Sure Thing (1985).
She was married four times: to Harry Hasso, a Swedish cinematographer; Folke Rogard, a Swedish attorney and World Chess Federation president; Don Siegel, the director; and George Tabori, a Hungarian writer, producer and director. She had three children: two sons (John Tabori with Hasso, and the actor Kristoffer Tabori, with Siegel) and a daughter (Lena Tabori, with Rogard).
In the last years of her life, she taught acting at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and had a lead role (essentially playing herself) in Henry Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995). The same year she returned to the Strindberg Festival in Stockholm to perform in the play In Search of Strindberg, which had been produced earlier that year at the Actors Studio. She died of rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 74 and was buried in Sweden. In New York City, a service was held at the Actors Studio where Gene Frankel, who had directed her in I Am a Woman and Brecht on Brecht, spoke to an audience about his respect and affection for her.
|1948||Adventures of Don Juan||Queen Margaret|
|1949||Night Unto Night||Ann Gracie|
|1950||Dark City||Victoria Winant|
|1950||This Side of The Law||Evelyn Taylor|
|1950||No Sad Songs for Me||Chris Radna|
|1950||The Flying Missile||Karin Hansen|
|1951||Four in a Jeep||Franziska Idinger|
|1951||Journey Into Light||Christine Thorssen|
|1952||Riders of Vengeance||Elena de Ortega|
|1955||Run for Cover||Helga Swenson|
|1958||I Accuse!||Lucie Dreyfus|
|1959||Rawhide||Luisa Esquivel Y Hadley||1 episode|
|1960||Johnny Midnight||Simone in episode "X Equals Murder")|
|1960||The Story of Ruth||Eleilat|
|1960||Weddings and Babies||Bea|
|1961||King of Kings||Claudia|
|1961||Tempest||Catherine the Great|
|1961||The Untouchables||Mrs. Jarreau|
|1961||Naked City||Lulu Kronen||1 episode|
|1962||No Exit||Inez||aka Sinners Go to Hell|
|1962/1964||The Defenders||Mady Lorne / Madeline Flanders||2 episodes|
|1963||The Damned||Freya Neilson||aka These Are the Damned|
|1964||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Dr. Laura Rettig||1 episode|
|1964||12 O'Clock High||Nicole Trouchard||1 episode|
|1965||Bonanza||Angela Bergstrom||1 episode|
|1965/1966||Ben Casey||Mrs. Boone / Vivian Bennett||2 episodes|
|1967||The Diary of Anne Frank||TV movie|
|1967/1969||The F.B.I.||Ida Salzman / Eva Bolen||2 episodes|
|1970||The Interns||Jennie||1 episode|
|1972||A House Without Boundaries||Señorita Elvira|
|1973||The Way We Were||Paula Reisner|
|1982||Inside the Third Reich||Gypsy woman||TV movie|
|1983||Dies rigorose Leben||Ada|
|1984||Trapper John, M.D.||Zella Korevechi||1 episode|
|1985||The Sure Thing||Professor Taub|
|1987||Frankenstein's Aunt||Hannah von Frankenstein||7 episodes|
|1987||Rachel River||Harriet White|
|1988||The Ann Jillian Story||Ann's Mother||TV movie|
|1990||China Beach||Ilsa||1 episode|
|1990||The Exorcist III||Nurse X|
|1991||Child of Darkness, Child of Light||Ida Walsh|
|1992||North of Pittsburgh||Rosa Andretti||Genie Award nomination for Best Actress|
|1993||Law & Order||Helga Holtz||1 episode|
|1994||Backstreet Justice||Mrs. Robovit|
|1995||Last Summer in the Hamptons||Helena Mora|
- 1952 – I've Got Sixpence .... Inez Cabral
- 1954/55 – Anastasia .... Anna
- 1956 – Miss Julie .... Miss Julie and The Stronger .... Miss Y
- 1956 – King Lear .... Cordelia
- 1963 – Pal Joey .... Vera Simpson
- 1965 – Postmark Zero
- 1971 - Dance of Death .... Alice
- Lebherz, Richard (December 21, 1970). "A Snow Queen In Exile". The News (Maryland, Frederick). p. 6. Retrieved June 25, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Nättidningen RÖTTER - för dig som släktforskar! (Viveca Lindfors)
- Viveca Lindfors at Hollywood.com
- "Berlinale 1962: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
- David Stout (26 October 1995). "Viveca Lindfors, Stage and Film Actress, 74". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "Viveca Lindfors". IBDB. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Viveca Lindfors.|
- Viveca Lindfors at the Internet Movie Database
- Viveca Lindfors at the Internet Broadway Database
- Viveca Lindfors at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Viveca Lindfors at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection
- Edward Winter, The FIDE President and the Actress. ChessBase.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-20.
- Viveca Lindfors at Find a Grave
- Photographs and literature
- Viveca Lindfors papers, 1945–1990, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts