Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman Hardcover – 17 Nov 1997
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From the Back Cover
For years, Ingrid Bergman was called the most notorious woman in Hollywood – and one of the most shameful women of the century. From her position as America’s most beautiful, admired and loved actress, she plummeted with astonishing swiftness and was, overnight, pointed out as an immoral woman – ‘an apostle of degradation’, according to one US Senator.
The cause of Bergman’s fall from public grace to national disgrace was her love affair in Italy with director Roberto Rossellini, to whom she bore a child out of wedlock while she still had a husband and daughter in Hollywood. The scandal knocked all other international news from the headlines of the world’s newspapers in 1950.
After a tragic childhood in Sweden, Bergman moved to Nazi Germany and later to Hollywood in its golden age. Arguably the most international star in the history of entertainment, she acted on stage, screen and television in five languages and won three Academy Awards, a Tony and an Emmy. Even to the end, while valiantly fighting an eight year battle with cancer, she continued to work and to earn honours and accolades.
Ingrid Bergman’s life story is as compelling as any of the women she portrayed in dozens of memorable movies and plays – an impressive list that includes 'Intermezzo, Casablanca, Gaslight, The Bells of St Mary’s, 'three of Hitchcock’s films ('Notorious, Spellbound' and 'Under Capricorn), Anastasia, Hedda Gabler, Autumn Sonata 'and 'A Woman Called Golda'. Whether acting the role of saint or sinner, Bergman found in her characters the extremes of her own passionate nature.
Best-selling biographer Donald Spoto, who knew her and had unprecedented access to her husbands, friends, lovers, directors, and co-stars – as well as to her papers, letters and diaries – has written the definitive account of this consummate actress and brave woman. 'Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman' is the epic story of a great actress who not only altered the shape of international celebrity but also significantly changed the world’s ideas about what a woman could be.
Donald Spoto, who earned his PhD at Fordham University , is the author of fifteen books that have been translated into more than twenty languages – among them highly praised biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.
OTHER TITLES BY DONALD SPOTO
'The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock '(1983)
“Absolutely compulsory reading.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“Ranks with the best recent literary and political lives.”
'The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams'(1985)
“Probably the best biography of an American playwright since Louis Sheafer’s two volume study of O’Neill. Most accurate, and a full portrait told gently and justly.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Likely to remain the definitive work for years to come, a biography as industriously researched as it is beautifully and sensitively written – a riveting chronicle.”
'Laurence Olivier: A Biography '(1992)
“Rivetingly interesting, admirably researched and exquisitely written – wonderful!”
SIR JOHN GIELGUD
“An astute and complex portrait, embroidered with credible psychological insight and an impressive understanding of Olivier’s craft. A remarkable book.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL
'Marilyn Monroe: The Biography'(1993)
“As I read Donald Spoto’s 'Marilyn Monroe', I was seduced into utter fascination by his fairness, his accuracy, his lack of hysteria, his willingness to probe beyond the myths, his empathy, his feminism, his extraordinary humanity.”
“Immensely readable, this book lacks sensationalism and is more scrupulously researched and better written than all those previous hack jobs.”
'A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor '(1995)
“Donald Spoto is a class act. A smaller and quieter book than its highly publicised counterpart – and in the end a much more substantial read.”
About the Author
Donald Spoto is the internationally acclaimed author of bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor. He has taught at major universities in America and continues to lecture throughout the world.
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This is a detail packed book covering her personal & professional life.
If you want to learn about her relationships, romantic & professional, how she developed & utilized her talent as an actress, & why people the world over admired, loved her & for a brief time despised her, then this is the book for you.
A wonderful collection of photographs is included, as well as an excellent Bibliography & collection of notes.
This is the story of an actress whose performances on screen & her life off the screen changed peoples ideas of what it was to be a woman, & is a must read for Movie fans.
she is also the mother of issabella Rossellini who was in *BLUE VELVET* and made you wonder if real is *reel*.
Except where it concerns Rossellini, and that is perfectly understandable, because everyone who knows about Ingrid knows that was a real and terrible time in her life. I think it's sad that she went through all that and the marriage ended up falling apart anyway.
Anyway, basically he speaks of her work. She went crazy without it, and really as I think about it her life was work. That's what I remember froming reading this.
It is a very good book, and like everything I have read by Spoto, is well-written and highly interesting. I recommend it very much.
Is this a creative review or what? I seem to be suffering some sort of blank as far as reviews are concerned this morning.