LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Isabella Rossellini and Jeremy Irons perform during an Ingrid Bergman Tribute at Southbank Centre on September 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Little/Getty Images)

Ingrid Bergman Tribute

Last evening Isabella Rossellini and Jeremy Irons performed a magnificent theatrical tribute to Ingrid Bergman – one of the most celebrated actresses of the 20th century. Marking the centennial of Ingrid Bergman’s birth on August 29 1915, Rossellini and Irons uncovered the woman and artist behind the screen legend. It was a very moving tribute that incorporated Rossellini’s own memories of her mother, plus interviews, unpublished letters, personal videos and previously unreleased video clips and images from Bergman’s private archives.

It is easy to understand why Ingrid Bergman has become such an icon. She was one of the greatest Hollywood actresses and the winner of three Academy Awards. She is probably most famous for her part in Casablanca where she starred alongside Humphrey Bogart, but at the tribute show at Southbank Centre I was simply overwhelmed by the many brilliant excerpts from her various movies. In fact over the years Bergman appeared in more than 50 films and acted in five different languages; Swedish, English, German, French and Italian.

The one thing that really stood out in the tribute was Ingrid Bergman’s firm belief in authenticity.  As a natural beauty with tremendous star power she concluded: “Be yourself, the world worships the original”.

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