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Ingrid Bergman on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 11:19 AM

Throughout Ingrid Bergman's five-decade career, she was the leading lady in some of cinema's most beloved movies. She took home Oscars and Golden Globe awards for movies that have stood the test of time as Hollywood masterpieces.

Minor supporting roles were rare for the leading lady, but Bergman also had a few TV roles that were not only quality appearances, but won her awards and acclaim as well.

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Here are five roles for Ingrid Bergman on TV that showed how her fame went beyond just the big screen.

1. Governess, "Startime" (1959)

Bergman had made a triumphant return to Hollywood after an affair with director Roberto Rossellini almost ended her career. Shortly after winning an Oscar for the movie "Anastasia," Bergman starred on the TV series "Startime" in the episode "The Turn of the Screw." This was based on the classic Henry James story and the New York Daily News called Bergman "nothing less than mesmerizing" in her role.

2. Golda Meir, "A Woman Called Golda" (1982)

In 1982, Bergman starred in the final role of her career in the television movie "A Woman Named Golda." In the movie, she starred as Golda Meir, the Prime Minister of Israel in the 1960s and '70s, as she returns to her childhood school to tell her life story to the children. It was a powerful performance that won Bergman a Golden Globes Award and a Primetime Emmy Award posthumously for the role.

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3. Clare Lester, "Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life" (1961)

Released in 1961, "Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life" is a lesser-known television appearance for Bergman. The television movie is about an elderly woman who recalls the story of how, as a younger woman, she tried to reform a gambler's life, but failed. Rip Torn played the gambler in this movie based on the novella by Stefan Zweig.

4. Hedda Gabler, "Hedda Gabler" (1963)

Released in 1963, "Hedda Gabler" stars Bergman as a woman married to a history professor who is bored with her marriage and finds it in turmoil when her husband's old academic rival returns into the picture. The movie is based on the popular dramatic play, originally staged in 1891. The play has been adapted many times, and this was a BBC version of the story, telecast in 1963.

5. A Woman, "The Human Voice" (1966)

Possibly the most unique Ingrid Bergman TV role came in 1966 on the television series "ABC Stage 67." The episode adapted the stage play "The Human Voice." Ironically, the story was also adapted as a film in 1948 by Bergman's ex-husband, Roberto Rossellini. The story features a woman talking on a telephone with her lover, but is one long monologue, from her end of the conversation, as she learns that he is marrying someone else and she suffers an emotional breakdown. The New York Times called Bergman's performance a "tour de force."

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