Harriet Andersson

Harriet Andersson

Highest Rated: 100% Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)

Lowest Rated: 30% All These Women (1964)

Birthday: Feb 14, 1932

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

A sensual, stunningly beautiful member of Ingmar Bergman's troupe, Harriet Andersson was featured in many of the director's early classics. Unlike other typical Swedish leading ladies, Andersson was dark-haired, but her outsider appearance was used to smoldering, even kittenish appeal. She began by performing dance halls while still a teenager and at age 18 made her screen debut in "Medan Staden Sover/While the City Sleeps" (1950). Bergman cast her two years later using her coarse but sensual appeal to good effect in "Summer with Monika" (It is a still photograph from this film that Jean-Pierre Leaud steals in Francois Truffaut's 1959 masterpiece "The 400 Blows.") For the director, she was often the lower-class girl, as in her circus performer in "Sawdust and Tinsel" (1953) or her maid Petra in the comic "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955). Bergman elevated her somewhat as the schizophrenic in "Through a Glass Darkly" (1961) and the dying sister in "Cries and Whispers" (1972) but in their final screen collaboration "Fanny and Alexander" (1981) had her back as a kitchen maid.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet ...But Film Is My Mistress Unknown (Character) - 2010
70% 89% Dogville Gloria (Character) $1.5M 2003
83% 69% Light Keeps Me Company Herself (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Sky Miss Kjaer (Character) - 1993
100% 94% Fanny and Alexander Justina (Character) - 1982
90% 91% Cries and Whispers Agnes (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Roman Mathaswintha (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 50% The Girls Marianne (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 64% The Deadly Affair Ann Dobbs (Character) - 1966
30% 44% All These Women Isolde (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Loving Couples Agda (Character) - 1964
100% 92% Through a Glass Darkly Karin (Character) - 1961
100% 89% Smiles of a Summer Night Petra the Maid (Character) - 1955
50% 75% Dreams Doris (Character) - 1955
100% 78% A Lesson in Love Nix (Character) - 1954
100% 84% Sawdust and Tinsel Anne (Character) - 1953
100% 83% Monika Monika (Character) - 1952

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sandhamn Murders Signe (Character) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eagle Esther Stern (Character) 2005

QUOTES FROM Harriet Andersson CHARACTERS

David the Father says: We draw a magic circle and shut out everything that doesn't agree with our secret games. Each time life breaks the circle, the games turn grey and ridiculous. Then we draw a new circle and build a new defense.

Karin says: Poor little daddy.

David the Father says: Yes, poor little daddy, forced to live in reality.

Karin says: The door opened, but the god was a spider. He came up to me and I saw his face. It was a terrible stoney face. He scrambled up and tried to penetrate me, but I defended myself. All along I saw his eyes. They were cold and calm. When he couldn't penetrate me he continued up my chest, up into my face and onto the wall. I have seen God.

Karin says: He that loves for real always does right by his loved one.