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The Life of Ingrid Bergman

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Notorious by Donald Spoto

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The life of Ingrid Bergman (1915--1982) is as compelling as that of any of the women she portrayed in dozens of unforgettable movies and plays--a list that includes Casablanca, Intermezzo, Gaslight, The Bells of St. Mary's, Notorious, Anastasia, and Hedda Gabler. Hers is a story that begins with a tragic childhood in Sweden, then moves on to the nightmare of Germany under the Nazis and later to Hollywood in its golden age. From her position as America's most beautiful, admired, and loved actress, she was plunged into national disgrace and branded "an apostle of degradation" for her adulterous love affair with Roberto Rosellini in the late 1940s. But her independent spirit triumphed in the end, winning her honors and accolades even as she fought an eight-year battle with cancer. Donald Spoto, who knew Ingrid Bergman and had unprecedented access to her husbands, friends, lovers, directors, and costars, as well as to her papers, letters, and diaries, has written a biography that the San Francisco Chronicle called "mesmerizing" and "deeply moving"--the definitive account of a consummate actress who dared to live the truth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306810305
ISBN-10: 0306810301
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Donald Spoto

Donald Spoto is the author of many books, among them internationally best-selling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Ingrid Bergman. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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