Sunday 18 August 2019

Swedish actress Bibi Andersson dies aged 83

Ingmar Bergman featured Andersson in a number of his films.

Bibi Andersson withdrew from public life after a stroke in 2009 (Jarl Fr Erichsen/NTB Scanpix via AP, File)
Bibi Andersson withdrew from public life after a stroke in 2009 (Jarl Fr Erichsen/NTB Scanpix via AP, File)

By Associated Press Reporter

Bibi Andersson, the Swedish actress who starred in classic films by Ingmar Bergman, including The Seventh Seal and Persona, has died aged 83.

Andersson died on Sunday, said Martin Frostberg, spokesman for the Swedish Film Institute.

The state-funded institute said Andersson was the only person to have been named best actress four times in its annual awards.

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Andersson meeting George Peppard at a party for the announcement of the start of US film Cabo Blanco (AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy, File)

In 1958, Andersson also shared the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Bergman’s Brink Of Life.

Five years later, she won Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance in Vilgot Sjoman’s The Mistress.

“Her achievements in Swedish cinema cannot be overrated,” the Swedish Film Institute’s CEO, Anna Serner, said.

Andersson “will be forever remembered as one of Sweden’s truly great actors”, she added.

Born in Stockholm on November 11 1935, as Berit Elisabet Andersson, she appeared in more than 90 films, 13 of them directed by Bergman.

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Andersson alongside Swedish former world heavyweight champion boxer Ingemar Johansson (AP Photo/Hans von Nolde, File)

They first met in 1951 when Bergman directed a series of soap commercials featuring Andersson, according to the institute.

Andersson’s career expanded into major productions overseas in the 1970s. She appeared in movies by directors such as John Huston and Robert Altman and starred alongside actors including Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Steve McQueen.

She then turned to directing plays in Stockholm before suffering a stroke in 2009 and disappearing from the limelight.

She is survived by her daughter, Jenny, and her third husband, Gabriel Mora Baeza.

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