Three-time Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) is one of the Golden Age’s finest actresses – her natural beauty running counter to the heavily stylised Hollywood glamour of the time. She starred in Casablanca (1942), Gaslight (1944) and Stromboli (1950), the latter directed by Roberto Rosselini. Bergman and Rosselini’s affair and subsequent marriage was the tabloid scandal of the day, and saw the actress blacklisted by the major film studios for the first half of the 1950s.
Bergman’s 1956-1957 appearance in Thé et Sympathie at the Théâtre de Paris began the same year as her Hollywood return in Anastasia – for which she won her second Best Actress Oscar.
Thé et Sympathie was the French language version of Robert Anderson’s play Tea and Sympathy, which premiered in 1953 on Broadway.
The play was radical for its time, discussing sexual orientation and prejudice. It also features one of theatre’s most memorabilia closing lines: "Years from now, when you speak of this, and you will, be kind."
A beautiful autograph from Ingrid Bergman on a 4.5 x 3.5 inch page mounted in a 22.5 x 14.75 inch wooden frame. One of the finest Bergman signatures you’ll see.
Beneath Bergman’s autograph are those from her follow cast members – a who’s who of French theatre and film in the 1950s. Names include Bergman’s co-stars Jean-Loup Phillipe and Yves Vincent.
A true period piece, marking Bergman’s return to popularity in 1956 following the scandal of her love affair.
Priced to sell – Bergman signed photos routinely auction for more than £1,500 ($2,000).
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