Ingrid Bergman Gaslight 1945

Ingrid Bergman as Paula Alquist Anton in Gaslight
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1945

Ingrid Bergman Gaslight 1944
Ingrid Bergman Gaslight 1945


Anna Christopherson in Anna Christie 1941

Character Is A Prostitute

Ingrid Bergman in Anna Christie 1941
Ingrid Bergman in Anna Christie 1941

Four years before Ingrid Bergman won the Oscar for “Gaslight,” she appeared on stage playing the title role of Eugene O’Neill’s play “Anna Christie.” As Anna Christopherson, Ingrid plays an ex-hooker who runs into obstacles and roadblocks, trying to turn her life around. Not surprisingly, she wowed the audience with her bravura performance. Ingrid had to seek permission from Actor’s Equity to play the part as the union frowns upon foreign actors playing a part an American could. But because Ingrid was an International Star, she was considered a “Box Office” draw; thus, permission was granted. Ingrid enjoyed playing the part of Anna Christopherson so much that she would later reprise the role of Anna Christie on the radio in CBS’s Ford Theater’s production of the play in 1949.

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