Bella Donna: Ingrid Bergman


Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman was just beginning to make a name for herself in her native country when famous American producer David O. Selznick took note of her in the mid-1930s. Upon her arrival to Hollywood, Selznick had a few requests: tweeze the eyebrows, cap the teeth, change the name, and wear more makeup.

Say what? The determined actress didn't give in. Instead of taking the next plane back home, Selznick marketed her as the natural beauty — the wholesome girl next door.

Although most actresses of the 1930s and 1940s went heavy on the makeup, audiences were won over by Bergman's fresh look and allure. Unwavering in her passion for acting, when Ernest Hemingway told her she would have to cut her hair for her part in For Whom the Bell Tolls, she quipped, "To get that part, I'd cut my head off!"

Probably most well known for her role in 1942's Casablanca, her image was tarnished in the early 1950s when she became pregnant by a man who wasn't her husband. Eventually, things changed for the better. Bergman regained the adoration of the public, and won multiple awards for her acting abilities.

In her final role right before she died in 1982, she portrayed Israel's former Prime Minster, Golda Meir. In true form, Bergman refused to wear any kind of makeup; to get into character, she chose only to alter her appearance by wearing a gray wig, as she was still a natural blonde.

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