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Notorious by Donald Spoto


The Life of Ingrid Bergman

by Donald Spoto

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
19 Hrs. 30 Min.


For years, Ingrid Bergman was called the most notorious woman in Hollywood - and one of the most shameful women of the century. From her position as America's most beautiful, admired and loved actress, she plunged with astonishing swiftness and was, overnight, pointed out as an immoral woman - and "apostle of degradation," according to one U.S. senator. The cause of Bergman's fall from public grace to national disgrace was her love affair in Italy with director Roberto Tossellini, to whom she bore a child out of wedlock while she still had a husband and daughter in Hollywood. The scandal knocked all other international news from the headlines of the world's newspapers in 1950.

Bergman's life story begins with her tragic childhood in Sweden, then moves to Nazi Germany and later to Hollywood in its golden age. Arguably the most international star in history of entertainment, she acted on stage, screen, and television in five languages and won three Academy Awards, a Tony and an Emmy. Even to the end, while valiantly fighting an eight-year battle with cancer, she continued to work and to earn honors and accolades, and her spirit triumphed with remarkable grace and courage.

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