Liv Ullmann under the Swedish sun in masterpiece “Persona”, 1960 directed by Ingmar Bergman.
Karin, I want us to be friends. I want us to talk to each other. After all, we’re sisters.
The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for.
“When I decide to portray a part, I can never completely hide who I am, what I am. At the point of identification, the audience encounters a person, not a role, not an actress. A face to face. It’s what I know about women. It’s what I have experienced, what I’ve seen. That’s what I want to share with you.”
Born December 16, 1938
I will never be like you, never. I change all the time.
Could you describe somehow the way he has influenced your life?
Well, it has been 40 years. He is the father of my child. He was my best friend, and we shared so much, because I was his actress. And after all, I was directing some of his scripts. We had a lot of fun together, we laughed a lot. As I said, because he always took his work seriously, he made it possible for all of us who worked with him to take the work seriously too. It wasn’t for money, but commitment. (…) I have worked with good directors, especially in the theatre. But working with Ingmar was special. He allowed me to use everything creative within me, as much as I know about my craft. There are no secrets left, that haven’t been challenged. He was there just as an inspiration. - Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman on the set of Hour of the Wolf.
Liv Ullmann photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue US, 1973.
We’re emotional illiterates. We’ve been taught about anatomy and farming methods in Africa. We’ve learned mathematical formulas by heart. But we haven’t been taught a thing about our souls. We’re tremendously ignorant about what makes people tick.