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Liv Ullmann

Liv UllmannAKA Liv Johanne Ullmann

Born: 16-Dec-1938
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Norway
Executive summary: The Passion of Anna

Liv Ullmann is a Norwegian actress, born in Japan, raised in Canada, New York, and Oslo, who starred in Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage) and numerous other films for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Bergman also fathered Ullmann's only child.

She studied drama in London, and achieved her first fame on stage in a Norwegian production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Her first film was an uncredited bit in the 1957 Norwegian comedy Fjols til fjells, when she was 19. She shot to stardom with Bergman's Persona, playing a mute actress with an eerie connection to her nurse. She became a Bergman regular, with Max von Sydow often playing her husband or lover, as in the scary Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf), the hellish war story Skammen (The Shame), and the melodramatic The Passion of Anna.

Without Bergman, she also starred with von Sydow in Utvandrarna (The Emigrants) and its sequel Nybyggarna (The New Land). Without either Bergman or von Sydow, she played the Pope in Pope Joan with Olivia de Havilland, and fueled Charles Bronson's pre-Death Wish vengeance in Cold Sweat. She also starred in the ill-advised 1973 musical remake of Lost Horizon, one of Hollywood's hugest financial flops, with screenplay by gay activist and Act Up founder Larry Kramer, songs by Burt Bacharach, and Ullmann in the Jane Wyatt role. She played a Shangri-La school teacher, and sang and danced with her students.

When she became too old for the emotionally overwrought leading lady roles that had made her famous, Ullmann bloomed again in older, character roles. She has also worked as a film director, and had several artistic successes, including Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions), based on Bergman's screenplay and starring von Sydow.

Father: (engineer, Norwegian)
Husband: Gappe Stang (m. 1960, div. 1965)
Boyfriend: Ingmar Bergman (one daughter)
Daughter: Linn Bergman (reporter, Norway's Dagbladet)
Boyfriend: Gene Simmons (musician)
Husband: Donald Saunders (real estate magnate, m. 1985, div. mid-1990, still living together)

    Golden Globe 1973, Best Actress, for The Emigrants
    International Rescue Committee
    Norwegian Ancestry

    Miss Julie (7-Sep-2014)
    Faithless (13-May-2000)
    Private Confessions (25-Dec-1996)
    Lumičre and Company (20-Dec-1995)
    Kristin Lavransdatter (21-Aug-1995)
    Sofie (25-Sep-1992)

    Two Lives (19-Oct-2012)
    Liv & Ingmar (26-Sep-2012) · Herself
    Saraband (1-Dec-2003) · Marianne
    Light Keeps Me Company (5-Feb-2000) · Herself
    Lumičre and Company (20-Dec-1995) · Herself
    The Ox (22-Nov-1991)
    Mindwalk (9-Sep-1990) · Sonia Hoffman
    The Rose Garden (1989)
    The Girlfriend (21-Sep-1988)
    Gaby: A True Story (14-Sep-1987) · Sari
    Let's Hope It's a Girl (6-Feb-1986)
    The Bay Boy (6-Sep-1984)
    The Wild Duck (3-May-1984)
    Dangerous Moves (15-Apr-1984)
    Richard's Things (Sep-1980)
    Autumn Sonata (8-Oct-1978) · Eva
    The Serpent's Egg (28-Oct-1977)
    A Bridge Too Far (15-Jun-1977)
    Face to Face (5-Apr-1976)
    Leonor (18-Sep-1975)
    The Abdication (3-Oct-1974)
    Zandy's Bride (19-May-1974) · Hannah Lund
    40 Carats (28-Jun-1973)
    Scenes from a Marriage (11-Apr-1973)
    Lost Horizon (14-Mar-1973)
    Cries and Whispers (21-Dec-1972)
    Pope Joan (16-Aug-1972)
    The New Land (26-Feb-1972)
    The Emigrants (8-Mar-1971)
    The Night Visitor (10-Feb-1971)
    Cold Sweat (18-Dec-1970)
    The Passion of Anna (10-Nov-1969)
    Shame (29-Sep-1968)
    Hour of the Wolf (19-Feb-1968) · Alma Borg
    Persona (18-Oct-1966)

Author of books:
Changing (1977, memoir)
Choices (1984, memoir)

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