Liv Ullmann  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Liv Johanne Ullmann (born December 16, 1938) is a Norwegian actress, author and film director. She played lead roles in nine films by Ingmar Bergman, such as Persona and Scenes from a Marriage.



The consummate psychological actress, she was the object of considerable critical acclaim during the 1970s (awards include three Best Actress prizes from the prestigious National Society of Film Critics, two from the National Board of Review, a threesome from the New York Film Critics Circle, and one Golden Globe as well as a LAFCA honor).

Liv Ullman was born in Tokyo (where her engineer father was working at the time), and grew up in Trondheim, Norway.

Her work with Bergman, especially in the powerful Scenes from a Marriage, turned her into a 1970s feminist and cultural icon, as well as one of the most respected actresses of her time. She was nominated twice for an Academy Award (for The Emigrants and Face to Face), and published two successful biographies (Changing and Choices).

Coincidentally, two of Ullman's biggest flops were musical adaptations of classic works. The film version of Lost Horizon was a critical and commercial disaster, and the Broadway production of I Remember Mama underwent numerous revisions during an unusually long preview period, then closed after only 108 performances.

Ullman is multi-lingual, speaking Norwegian, Swedish, English and other European languages. She is also a committed UNICEF goodwill ambassador and has traveled widely for the organization. She was appointed honorary doctor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology 2006.

Lately, Ullmann has been making a name for herself as a film director (most notably with the acclaimed, Bergman-scripted drama Faithless) and could also be seen reprising her role from Scenes from a Marriage in 2003's Saraband (Bergman's final telemovie).

Ullmann narrated the Canada/Norway co-produced animated short The Danish Poet, which won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film at the 79th Academy Awards.

Personal life

Ullmann has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to Dr. Hans Jacob Stang, a psychiatrist. In the 1980s, she married Boston real estate developer Donald Saunders, whom she divorced in 1995. But as of 2001, the couple were still living together. [1]

She has a daughter, Linn Ullmann, fathered by Ingmar Bergman (according to her autobiography, Changing, 1977).

Selected filmography

As actress

As director

See also

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