Liv Ullmann


16 december, 1938



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Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona (1966), En passion (1969) and Ansikte mot ansikte (1976). She also had a successful film career away from Bergman (The Abdication (1974), La diagonale du fou (1984).

Was offered by Brian De Palma the role of "Kate Miller" in Dressed to Kill (1980), but turned it down on account of the violence of the theme and having a young daughter.

Featured on the cover of the album "See The Ocean Blue," by The Ocean Blue(1996).

Grew up in and went to school in Trondheim, Norway.

Bebe Buell named her daughter, Liv Tyler, after Ullman after seeing Ullman's picture on the cover of a magazine the week she gave birth.

She claims to be the only one of Ingmar Bergman's actresses who hasn't fallen in love with Erland Josephson.

Revealed on a Norwegien talk-show November 2003 that the only TV shows she watches regularly are "Sex and the City" (1998) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996)

2001: President of jury Festival International de Cannes.

Was offered guest-starring role in the last episodes of the TV series "Sex and the City" (1998) that took place in Paris, France. At first she was delighted at the idea since she and her husband were both fans of the show, but when she received the script for the episodes she felt she wasn't right for the part, and backed out.

On a Norwegian celebrity game-show she admitted that she one time accidentally washed her cat in the washing-machine (she managed to stop the machine before it was too late).

Daughter, Linn Ullmann, with Ingmar Bergman

Was twice nominated for Brodway's Tony Awards: in 1975, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for a revival of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," and in 1977, as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie."

In 1977 she was made a Knight of the Order of St. Olav, in 1994 she was promoted to Commander of the Order of St. Olav and in May 2005 she was made Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav, a huge honor in Norway - rarely bestowed upon civilians.

1978: Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

She and Ingmar Bergman made 10 movies together: Ansikte mot ansikte (1976), Höstsonaten (1978), En passion (1969), Persona (1966), Saraband (2003) (TV), "Scener ur ett äktenskap" (1973), The Serpent's Egg (1977), Skammen (1968), Vargtimmen (1968) and Viskningar och rop (1972).

1984: Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Outside Scandinavia she has constantly been mistaken for a Swede despite being 100% Norwegian. The reason for this is probably because non-Scandinavians don't realize how ordinary it is for Swedes and Norwegians to work across the borders in the film industry, and mainly because of her frequent collaboration with Swedish filmmaker 'Ingmar Bergman'. One example of this mistake is even evident here on the Internet Movie Database, where her nationality on the award page for the 2001 Cannes Film Festival (jury president) is listed as "Sweden.".

2006: Her performance as Elisabet Vogler in Persona (1966) is ranked #49 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.

Her name means life in Norwegian.

Father died during a brain operation when the actress was six.

Has a cottage on a cliff overlooking a fjord in Norway.

Mother-in-law of Niels Fredrik Dahl.

Position Actor