Harriet Andersson

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Harriet Andersson
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Harriet Andersson in 2014
Born (1932-02-14) 14 February 1932 (age 87)
Years active1949–2007
Spouse(s)Bertil Wejfeldt
(m. 19591964)

Bobo Håkansson
(m. 19801982)
Partner(s) Per Oscarsson (1951–1953)
Ingmar Bergman (1953–1955)
Gunnar Hellström (1956–1958)
Jörn Donner (1960s)
Börje Åberg (1970s)
Ulf Törnberg (1970s)

Harriet Andersson (born 14 February 1932) is a Swedish actress, best known outside Sweden for being part of director Ingmar Bergman's stock company. She often plays impulsive, working class characters.

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Film actress

Harriet Andersson began her acting career as a 15-year-old student at Calle Flygare stage school. She joined director Ingmar Bergman for several stage productions at Malmö stadsteater between 1953 and 1956. [1] [2]

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In a 2008 interview with Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle , Andersson debunks a rumor that she was discovered by Bergman while working as an elevator operator: "In an elevator! Ha, that's a new one for me. No. I did operate an elevator, but that was when I was 14½! Ingmar did not discover me. I was discovered in 1949 in theater school. Before Monika, I had many small parts. Most of them were a little like Monika. I looked that way. I looked like a bad girl. But I wasn't a bad girl, really. I was a very nice little girl, until I found out what life was." [3]

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Bergman wrote the title role in Summer with Monika (1953), specifically for Andersson. Filmed in Sweden, the motion picture features a musical score by Les Baxter.

<i>Summer with Monika</i> 1952 Swedish film by Ingmar Bergman

Summer with Monika is a 1953 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, based on Per Anders Fogelström's 1951 novel of the same title. It was controversial abroad at the time of its first release for its frank depiction of nudity and, along with the film One Summer of Happiness from the year before, directed by Arne Mattsson, it helped to create the reputation of Sweden as a sexually liberated country.

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Although the romantic relationship with Bergman was brief, they continued to work together. Andersson appeared in several of his best-known films, including Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Cries and Whispers (1972), and Fanny and Alexander (1982).

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<i>Through a Glass Darkly</i> (film) 1961 film by Ingmar Bergman

Through a Glass Darkly is a 1961 Swedish family drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, and starring Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow and Lars Passgård. The film tells the story of a young woman with schizophrenia spending time with her family on a remote island, and having delusions about meeting God, who appears to her in the form of a monstrous spider.

<i>Cries and Whispers</i> 1972 film by Ingmar Bergman

Cries and Whispers is a 1972 Swedish period drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann. The film, set in a mansion at the end of the 19th century, is about three sisters and a servant who struggle with the terminal cancer of one of the sisters (Andersson). The servant (Sylwan) is close to her, while the other two sisters confront their emotional distance from each other.

In Through A Glass Darkly, in which Andersson appeared with Max von Sydow and Gunnar Björnstrand, she portrays a latent schizophrenic. The movie title is taken from a verse in First Corinthians (13:12) where Paul of Tarsus says, "For now we see through a glass darkly: But then face to face; Now I know in part; But then I shall know even as I am also known". The plot deals with the actions of four persons during a twenty-four-hour period in an old house a far distance out on the Swedish Archipelago. Some audiences were shocked by Andersson's vivid portrayal of the presence of God as represented in the dark world of a schizophrenic.

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Gunnar Björnstrand Swedish actor

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Like several other Bergman regulars, she has also had a career in English-language films including performances in Sidney Lumet's The Deadly Affair (1966) and later in Lars von Trier's Dogville (2003).

Her autobiography, a set of interviews with Jan Lumholdt, was published in 2006. [4]


Andersson has won several acting awards, including the Swedish Guldbagge Award, [5] the Norwegian Amanda and best actress awards on the Venice Film Festival (1964) and the 9th Moscow International Film Festival (1975). [6] In 1968, Andersson received the Bodil Award for Best Actress for her role in the Henning Carlsen Danish comedy People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart . Recently, Andersson won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival 2010.

Private life

Harriet Andersson was married to childhood friend Bertil Wejfeldt 1959–1963/4. She has a daughter, Petra Wejfeldt (b. 1960), whom Andersson named after her character in Smiles of a Summer Night. She lived with the Finnish director Jörn Donner for some years in the 1960s, and she appeared in Donner's films, A Sunday in September (1963),To Love (1964), Adventure Starts Here (1965) and Anna (1970). [7]

Selected filmography

Harriet Andersson in 1952 Harriet Andersson 1952.jpg
Harriet Andersson in 1952


  1. "Harriet Andersson". Ingmar Bergman Foundation. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. sv:Harriet Andersson
  3. LaSalle, Mick (17 October 2008). "Harriet Andersson Recalls Ingmar Bergman". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. Andersson, Harriet; Lumholdt, Jan (2006). Harriet Anderson: samtal med (Conversations with) Jan Lumholdt. Stockholm: Alfabeta. ISBN   9789150105544.
  5. "Viskningar och rop (1973)". Swedish Film Institute. 2 March 2014.
  6. "9th Moscow International Film Festival (1975)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  7. sv:Harriet Andersson

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