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Ingrid Lilian Thulin Edit Profile

director , writer , Actress

Ingrid Thulin is often cited as one of the best Swedish actress of all time. The blue-eyed blonde personified cool, somewhat aloof, sensuality in a number of film s directed by Ingmar Bergman yet simultaneously, the actress was able to depict suffering with her own brand of Scandinavian vigor.

Background

Thulin was born in Sollefteå, Ångermanland, northern Sweden, the daughter of Nanna (née Larsson) and Adam Thulin, a fisherman. She took ballet lessons as a girl and was accepted by The Royal Dramatic Theatre ("Dramaten") in Stockholm 1948.

Education

Trained in ballet, Ingrid Thulin went on to study acting at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm and graduated from Royal Dramatic Theatre School in Stockholm, 1951.

Career

After several decorative film roles in the 1940s and early 1950s, she was cast in the American-financed production Foreign Intrigue opposite Robert Mitchum. Though nominally a leading lead, the depth of her acting skills remained untapped until she began working under the direction of Ingmar Bergman, first on the stage, and then in the classic Wild Strawberries (1957), in which she played the daughter-in-law. Thulin continued essaying cool-but-complex characterizations for Bergman, culminating with Cries and Whispers (1973), in which she was co-starred with Liv Ullmann and Harriet Andersson. She was also well served dramatically in Resnais' La Guerre Est Finie (1966) and Visconti's The Damned (1968), cast in extensions of the foredoomed characters that she'd played for Bergman. In 1961, Thulin was cast in MGM's remake of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in which her dialogue was dubbed by Angela Lansbury. Though she could hardly be blamed if she chose to avoid future English-language productions following this demeaning experience, Ingrid went on to appear in Return from the Ashes (1965), Cassandra Crossing (1977), and the TV miniseries Moses the Lawgiver (1975; as Miriam)--with her own voice intact. Under the aegis of her husband, Swedish Film Institute cofounder Harry Schein, Ingrid Thulin directed the 1966 short subject Hangvelse, as well as the feature-length One and One (1978) and Brusten Himmel (1982).

Works

Connections

She was married to Harry Schein, the founder of the Swedish Film Institute, for more than 30 years until 1989, although they had lived separately for many years before the divorce. She bought an apartment in Paris, France in the early 1960s and some years later a beach house in San Felice Circeo. In 1970 she became a resident of Sacrofano, Italy, where she lived for 34 years.

father:
Adam Thulin

mother:
Nanna Larsson

spouses:
Claes Sylwander

Harry Schein
Harry Schein - spouse of Ingrid Thulin