Ingrid Bergman's Daughter: My Family Didn't Squabble Over Her Oscars and Other Prized Possessions
Says Pia Lindstrom of her and half-siblings (including Isabella Rossellini) as they divvied up the late actress’ prized possessions: "I have to say, we were really good about it. … I hear about other families and think it’s so odd when they fight."
This story first appeared in the March 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three acting Oscars for Gaslight, directed by George Cukor, when the Swedish star was living with her first husband, neurosurgeon Aron Petter Lindstrom, in her first Beverly Hills residence (now home to producer Brett Ratner). Standing in her art-filled New York apartment overlooking Central Park, Bergman's firstborn, Emmy-winning journalist Pia Lindstrom, remembers her mother's Oscar "on a bookcase in the living room. I looked at it as an artifact in a house — I didn't know everybody didn't have one!"
Bergman, who was nominated seven times and went on to win best actress for 1956's Anastasia and best supporting actress for 1974's Murder on the Orient Express, spent the end of her life in London and kept her awards on a special shelf. "I know she was very proud of them," says Lindstrom, 77. "It wasn't her style to go around and say, 'Look how fabulous I am.' She did it for fun. I think she was very pleased to share them with guests."
Bergman won the best actress Oscar for 'Gaslight' at the 1945 Academy Awards.
When the Casablanca star succumbed to breast cancer in 1982 on her 67th birthday, she didn't leave any instructions. "She left everything for us to do what we wanted to," says Lindstrom, referring to Bergman's three children from her second marriage to film director Roberto Rossellini: twins Isabella and Ingrid Rossellini, who donated the other two Oscars to Wesleyan University, and Roberto Rossellini.
Adds Lindstrom: "I have to say, we were really good about it. We put out on a cloth some jewelry and things, and then we sat around, and it became, 'You go first,' 'No, you go first.' Robbie said, 'Oh, that's the ring that my father gave,' and we said, 'Oh, take that.'" She laughs, "I hear about other families and think it's so odd when they fight."
Additional reporting by Ashley Lee.