The pivotal and vital entrance point for Ingrid to get a foot into the door of acting was at the age of 17, by entering a competition in acting by the Royal Dramatic Theatre (an acting school or training place in Stockholm). Despite Ingrid's fear that she had failed to impress she had an immediate success with the judges. This enabled her to being granted a scholarship in acting at the Royal Dramatic Theatre.
The expectancy was for the female pupils to have three years of teaching before being able to gain proper film roles. Yet Ingrid left the school after a year to pursue her acting career full time. Ingrid starred in Swedish and German films, and in 1937 married Dr. Petter Lindström (a dentist then neurosurgeon). They had a child named Pia, born in 1938.
The following year, Ingrid sailed to North America as Hollywood producer David O. Selznick wanted her to star in Intermezzo: A Love Story which was an English remake of one of her previous Swedish films. This film became a wide success. Ingrid was noted for being conscientious and not a fake (yet rather a natural or true woman) by insisting that make-up not to be done to her.
Ingrid is most well known for her role in the 1942 film Casablanca. During her acting career she starred in alternating European and American films.
This famous actress won four Golden Globe Awards, three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and the Tony award for best actress among other awards and nominations. The American Film Institute rated this tall Swedish film star as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema.
During her eight year diagnosis with breast cancer, she continued acting. Her martial history includes three marriages and each one ending in divorce. Four children were born to her, a son and pair of twin girls from her second husband, the Italian director Roberto Rossellini. In 1958, Lars Schmidt, a theatrical entrepreneur with a background from an affluent Swedish shipping family become her third husband until 1975.
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