Before her Hollywood successes Ingrid Berman made her name on stage and in films in her native Sweden. After moving to the United States in 1939 she began her English-speaking career with a remake of her Swedish hit Intermezzo. She went on to star alongside Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 classic Casablanca. Other memorable roles came in the films For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), for which she received her first Academy Award and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945). She featured in two films for Alfred Hitchcock, Spellbound (1945) and Notorious (1946).

In 1950, during the filming of Stromboli, she found herself being set upon by the media when she embarked upon an affair with director Roberto Rossellini - whom she was later to marry and divorce. The publicity caused such a stir that she fled to Europe, not returning to Hollywood until 1956 when she starred in Anastasia. With Anastasia, Bergman proved her worth, winning an Oscar for the second time in her career. Her third Academy Award came for her performance in 1974's Murder on the Orient Express. Her last role was in the television film A Woman Called Golda (1981). Ingrid Bergman died on her 67th birthday, 29th August 1982.