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.


Highest Rated Movies



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


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


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.