Ingrid Bergman

by Lil Vacha on May 1, 2010

GIBRALTAR – CIRCA 1995. A postage stamp printed by GIBRALTAR shows Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and American actor Humphrey Bogart starring in the film Casablanca circa 1995. photo by gors4730/Bigstock

Date of Birth: 29 August, 1915

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

Date of Death: 29 August, 1982

Place of Death: London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: Swedish, German

Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, twice, for Gaslight (1944) and Anastasia (1956), and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

Her mother, Friedel Henrietta (Adler), was German, from Kiel, Germany. Her father, Justus Samuel Bergman, was Swedish. She had a daughter with her former husband, doctor Petter Aron Lindström; and three children, including actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini, with her former husband, Italian director Roberto Rossellini.

Ingrid’s paternal grandfather was Johan Petter/Peter Bergman (the son of Jonas Månsson and Marta/Martha Jönasdotter/Jönsdotter). Johan was born in Törnåkra Västergård, Öja Socken, Sweden. Jonas was the son of Måns Johansson and Ingeborg Jonsdotter. Marta was the daughter of Jöns Johansson.

Ingrid’s paternal grandmother was Brita/Britta Sofia/Sophia Samuelsdotter (the daughter of Samuel Lorentz Bengtsson and Maria Andersdotter). Brita was born in Hjälmseryd, Sweden. Samuel was the son of Bengt Christoffer Samuelsson and Brita Sophia Hielmberg. Maria was the daughter of Anders Svensson and Lisbeth Amundsdotter.

According to the book, Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography (2007), by Charlotte Chandler, Ingrid was told by her mother’s sister, Elsa Adler, that her family had Jewish ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate, or more specifically, if Ingrid had verified Jewish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Ingrid Bergman (focusing on her father’s side) –

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madman June 22, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Friedel’s sister Elsa Adler, called aunt Mutti by Ingrid, revealed a family secret to Ingrid when she was eleven years old according to Charlotte Chandlers biografy ”Ingrid Bergman. A personal biography”, namely that the family was of German Jewish descent.

Ingrid, however, had to promise not to tell anyone outside the family, since “difficult times were coming” for the jews; a promise she kept until the end of the war in 1945, when she fell in love with the Hungarian Jewish photographer Robert Capa and wanted to share her background with him.

karro Jansson March 27, 2012 at 4:42 am

She had Jewish maybe Jewish ancestry.

karro Jansson March 27, 2012 at 1:22 am

She is Swedish and German-Jewish.
Becouse i find it somewhere when during ww2 her mother told her that she had Jewish ancestry.

ethnicitiies February 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm

That statement is not true. Ingrid was born in 1915 and her mother died when she was two and WW2 was in 1930s-1940s so there is not really a possible way for her mother to tell her that during WW2. She may be Jewish, but that statement is false.

Rockxxz August 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

That classic mix (german/swedish) is always an awesome mix .

Danielle August 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

She’s absolutley gorgeous… :)

Rockxxz August 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Yes, a good actress, and an pretty woman

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