Liv Ullmann Biography (1939-)

First name pronounced "leave"; full name, Liv Johanne Ullmann; born December16, 1939, in Tokyo, Japan; daughter of Viggo (an aircraft engineer) and Janna(maiden name, Lund) Ullmann; married Dr. Hans Jacob "Gappe" Stang (a psychiatrist), 1960 (divorced, 1965); companion of Ingmar Bergman (a writer and director), c. 1965-70; married Donald Richard Saunders (in real estate), September 7, 1985 (divorced, c. 1998); children: (with Bergman) Linn (a novelist). Addresses: Contact: Hafrsfjordgata 7, N-0273 Oslo, Norway.

Actress, director, writer
Birth Details
December 16, 1939
Tokyo, Japan

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • A Doll's House, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1975
  • Anna Christie, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Mama, I Remember Mama, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Mrs. Helen Alving, Ghosts, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City,1982
  • Old Times, London, then Los Angeles, 1985
  • Mother Courage, National Theatre of Norway, Oslo, Norway, 1986
  • Made stage debut in The Diary of Anne Frank, National Theatre of Norway, Stavanger, Norway; also appeared as Nora, A Doll's House, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York City.
  • Film Appearances
  • En hotellgjest, Fjols til fjells (title means "Fools in the Mountains"), 1957
  • Gerd, Ung flukt (title means "Young Escape"; also known as TheWayward Girl), Carlmar Film, 1959
  • Eva, Kort aer sommaren (also known as Pan and Short Is the Summer), Shaw, 1962
  • Kari, Tonny (also known as Tonny on the Wrong Road), 1962
  • Ragna, De kalte ham Skarven (title means "They Call Him Skarven"),1965
  • Elisabeth Vogler, the actress, Persona, Lopert, 1966
  • Alma Borg, Hour of the Wolf (also known as Vargtimmen), Lopert, 1968
  • Title role, An-Magritt, 1968
  • Eva Rosenberg, Shame (also known as Skammen), Lopert, 1968
  • Fabienne Martin, Cold Sweat (also known as L'uomo delle due ombre, De vrienden laten groeten, and De la part des copains),Emerson, 1969
  • Anna Fromm, En passion (also known as A Passion and ThePassion of Anna), United Artists, 1969
  • Esther Jenks, The Night Visitor (also known as Papegojan and Salem Come to Summer), UMC Pictures, 1971
  • Title role, Pope Joan (also known as The Devil's Imposter),British, 1972
  • Maria (and her mother), Viskningar och rop, 1972, released in theU.S. as Cries and Whispers, New World Pictures, 1973
  • Kristina, Utvandrarna (also known as The Emigrants), WarnerBros., 1972
  • Kristina, Nybyggarna (also known as The New Land), Warner Bros., 1973
  • Catherine, Lost Horizon, Columbia, 1973
  • Ann Stanley, 40 Carats, Columbia, 1973
  • Marianne, Scener ur ett aektenskap (also known as Scenes from aMarriage), Cinema 5, 1973
  • Hannah Lund, Zandy's Bride (also known as For Better, for Worse), Warner Bros., 1974
  • Queen Christina, The Abdication, Warner Bros., 1974
  • Title role, Leonor, New Line Cinema, 1975
  • Dr. Jenny Isaksson, Ansikte mot ansikte (also known as Face toFace), Paramount, 1976
  • Kate ter Horst, A Bridge Too Far, United Artists, 1977
  • Manuela Rosenberg, The Serpent's Egg (also known as Das Schlangenei and Oermens aegg), Paramount, 1977
  • Eva, Autumn Sonata (also known as Herbstsonate, Hoestsonaten, and Sonate d'automne), New World Pictures, 1978
  • Couleur chair, 1978
  • Cameo, Players, Paramount, 1979
  • Herself, A Look at Liv (a documentary), Win Kao Productions, 1979
  • The Gates of the Forest, 1980
  • Kate Morris, Richard's Things, New World Pictures, 1981
  • Narrator, Children in the Holocaust (documentary), 1983
  • Gina, The Wild Duck, RKR Releasing, 1984
  • Marina Fromm, La diagonale du fou (also known as Dangerous Moves), Spectrafilm, 1984
  • Jennie Campbell, The Bay Boy, Orion, 1985
  • (Uncredited) Berlin film fest footage, King Kongs Faust, 1985
  • Herself, Ingrid, 1985
  • Elena Leonardo, Speriamo che sia femmina (also known as Let's Hope It's a Girl and Pourvu que ce soit une fille), President Films, 1986
  • Sari Brimmer, Gaby: A True Story, TriStar, 1987
  • Ida Nudel, Mosca addio (also known as Moscow Goodbye, Farewell Moscow, and Moscow Adieu), Roseo Film, 1987
  • Maria, La amiga, (also known as The Girlfriend, Die Freundin, La Amiga--Die Freundin, and The Friend), Jupiter Communications, 1988
  • Gabriele Schlueter-Freund, The Rose Garden (also known as Der Rosengarten), Cannon, 1989
  • Sonia Hoffman, Mindwalk, Triton Pictures, 1990
  • Narrator, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, 1991
  • Maria, Mrs. Gustafsson, The Ox (also known as Oxen), FirstRun Features, 1991
  • Katherine, The Long Shadow (also known as The Prodigal Father, The Prodigal Son, and Der Lange Schatten), Manley Productions, 1992
  • Ticket seller, Droemspel (also known as Le songe and Dreamplay), Slot Machine, 1994
  • Herself, "Sarah Moon," Lumiere et compagnie (also known as Lumiere y compagnia and Lumiere and Company), Fox Lorber, 1995
  • Herself, Liv Ullmann scener fra et liv (documentary), Hambro FilmA, 1997
  • Herself, Ljuset haller mig saellskap (also known as Light KeepsMe Company), 2000
  • Film Director
  • "Parting," Love, Levinson/Velvet, 1982
  • Sofie (also known as Sophie), Arrow Releasing, 1992
  • Lumiere et compagnie (also known as Lumiere y compagnia andLumiere and Company), Fox Lorber, 1995
  • Kristin Lavransdatter (also known as The Garment, Kransen, and Kristin Lavrans Tochter), Norsk Film, 1995
  • Private Confessions (also known as Enskilda Samtal and Private Conversations; originally aired as a miniseries on Swedish television), The Sales Company, 1997
  • Trolosa (also known as Faithless, L'infedele, and Uskoton), Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Smeltedigelen, 1965
  • Cocktail Party, 1967
  • Die Frau vom Meere, 1980
  • Mrs. Jacobo Timerman, Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (also known as Prisoner without a Name, Cell without aNumber), NBC, 1983
  • Emma Zorn, Zorn, 1994
  • Anna, 2002
  • Also appeared in Lady from the Sea.
  • Miniseries
  • Title role, Jenny, 1982
  • Maria Grazia, Gli indifferenti (also known as The Indifferent Ones and A Time of Indifference), 1989
  • Specials
  • Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance from Sweden, NBC, 1986
  • Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), NBC, 1990
  • An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope (also known as An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration), HBO, 1993
  • Episodic
  • Herself, Wiese, 1996
  • Herself, Komplottet, 1998
  • Herself, Sommeroya, 2000
  • Herself, Den store klasseffesten, 2001
  • Herself, Forst & sist, 2001
  • Screenplays
  • "Parting," Love, Levinson/Velvet, 1982
  • (With Peter Poulson) Sofie (based on the novel Mendel Philipsenand Sons by Henri Nathansens; also known as Sophie), Arrow Releasing, 1992
  • Kristin Lavransdatter (also known as The Garment, Kransen, and Kristin Lavrans Tochter), Norsk Film, 1995
  • Memoirs
  • Forandringen, Helge Erichsen (Oslo, Norway), 1976, published in the U.S. as Changing, Knopf (New York City), 1977
  • (With David E. Outerbridge) Without Makeup, Liv Ullmann: A Photo-Biography, William Morrow (New York City), 1979
  • Choices, Knopf, 1985
  • Other
  • (Editor) Letter to My Grandchild, Atlantic Monthly Press (New YorkCity), 1998

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 102, Gale, 1981
    • International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1992
    • Women Filmmakers & Their Films, St. James Press, 1998
    • American Film, May, 1977
    • Cineaste, spring, 2001, p. 32
    • Cinema Journal, fall, 1980
    • Focus on Film (London), spring, 1973
    • Guardian, June 2, 1993, p. S12
    • New Republic, May 24, 1993, p. 28
    • Positif (Paris, France), March, 1978
    • Sequences (Montreal), July, 1975

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