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Bibi Andersson/ Liv Ullmann: Bergman’s Beauties

September 5, 2011

Talent…

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… These are the lovely ladies and gorgeous girls of eras gone by whose beauty, ability, electricity and all-round x-appeal deserve celebration and – ahem – salivation here at George’s Journal

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Unforgettable together as an awesome one-two in Ingmar Bergman’s ’60s masterpiece Persona, separately they appeared in many other of his best loved films, inspiring and influencing their female audience and bewitching and tantalising their male admirers. One is a cool, sultry blonde bombshell, the other a flame-haired pin-up of the ’70s. They’re Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann – both naturally beautiful and terrifically gifted Scandinavian sex symbols and unquestionably deserving of this blog’s Talent status…

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Profiles

Names: Berit Elisabeth ‘Bibi’ Andersson/ Liv Johanne Ullmann

Nationalities: Bibi – Swedish/ Liv – Norwegian

Professions: Actresses

Born: Bibi – 11 November 1935, Stockholm/ Liv – 16 December 1938, Tokyo, Japan

Heights: Bibi – 5ft 5in/ Liv 5ft 8in

Known for: Bibi – Appearing in 10 movies directed by legendary filmmaker (and fellow countryman) Ingmar Bergman, including Smiles Of A Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Brink Of Life (1958) and Persona (1966), as well as Hollywood western Duel At Diablo (1966) opposite James Garner and Sidney Poitier, John Huston’s espionage thriller The Kremlin Letter (1970), disaster film sequel The Concorde… Airport ’79 (1979) and Danish Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Babette’s Feast (1987)/

Liv – Becoming a cultural, as well as something of a feminist, icon in the ’70s thanks to roles in nine Bergman films (with whom she also had an affair and a daughter, Linn Ullmann), including Persona (1966), Cries And Whispers (1972), Scenes From A Marriage (1973), Face To Face (1976) and Autumn Sonata (1978), as well as appearances in historical drama Pope Joan (1972), Hollywood musical remake Lost Horizon (1974) and WWII epic A Bridge Too Far (1977).

Strange but true: Between 1978 and ’81, Bibi was married to former leader of the Swedish Liberal Party Per Ahlmark; Liv was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her work directing Faithless (2000), from a screenplay by Bergman.

Peak of fitness: Bibi – facing up to her emotional and sexual hang-ups as a young, inexperienced nurse in Persona/ Liv – liberated and lovely in Scenes From A Marriage, using a meeting with her estranged husband ostensibly to sign divorce papers but instead to engage in one last episode of slap and tickle.

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