Acclaimed Swedish actor Bibi Andersson dies, aged 83

Esequiel Farfan
Abril 15, 2019

Swedish actress Bibi Anderson, born Berit Elisabeth Andersson in Stockholm, is famous for her performances in theatre plays and in films, as a muse of the great director Ingmar Bergman.

Jan Holmberg, CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, told AFP that although Bibi Andersson came to be extensively linked to Bergman, she was very much an artist in her own right.

She had received several awards including the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin global film festival in 1963 for her role in Vilgot Sjoman's (The Mistress) (1962).

Andersson made a name herself after her type-defying role in 1966's "Persona", for which she received the award for best actress at the 4th Guldbagge Awards, the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards.

"Her achievements in Swedish cinema can not be overrated", the Swedish Film Institute's CEO, Anna Serner, said in a statement.

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They first met in 1951 when Bergman directed a series of soap commercials featuring Andersson, according to the institute.

Andersson's career expanded into major productions overseas in the 1970s.

She then turned to directing plays in Stockholm before suffering a stroke in 2009 and disappearing from the limelight.

She is survived by her daughter, Jenny, and her third husband, Gabriel Mora Baeza.

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