Picks and Pans Review: Ingrid Bergman, My Story
with Alan Burgess
The much-loved movie star, whose chaotic private life once shocked America, has produced an amazingly candid memoir. Of her Swedish doctor husband, Petter Lindstrom, Bergman writes, "It was crazy to be married to the only person I was afraid of." Three years after that realization (which came about in 1945, when she had been married eight years) she escaped into the arms of flamboyant Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Together they produced a son, twin daughters and half a dozen movies that failed. Ingrid's affair and subsequent marriage cost her even vacation visits with her daughter by Lindstrom, Pia; Bergman's letters to the child, who is now a New York TV personality, are extraordinarily touching. But the actress, who has won three Oscars, mostly comes across as a no-nonsense professional more concerned with good roles than with stardom or being a devoted mother. Burgess smoothly bridges the gaps in her story. When she is too modest, he lists her honors and quotes plenty of tributes from both critics and peers. (Delacorte, $14.95)
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