Born Elsa Viveka Torstensdotter Lindfors, December 29, 1920, in Uppsala, Sweden; died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, October 25, 1995, in Uppsala, Sweden. Actress. Described as "a tall brunette, with square shoulders and blue eyes," Viveca Lindfors was "one of the most beautiful actresses Sweden had produced," wrote a London Times contributor. Lindfors was the third ofa trio of actresses, including Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, who emigratedfrom Sweden to the United States and made their careers in Hollywood. Lindfors trained for the stage in Sweden, performing with the Royal Dramatic Theatrein Stockholm. She also made several Swedish films during World War II, including The Crazy Family, Anna Lens, and In Death's Waiting Room. Lindfors cameto the United States in 1946 and made her American screen debut opposite Ronald Reagan in Night unto Night (1948). She also appeared in The Adventures ofDon Juan (1948) with Errol Flynn, in Dark City (1950), and in Four in a Jeep(1951) with Ralph Meeker. In the early 1950s, Lindfors broke her contract with Warner Brothers and turned to Broadway, where she made her debut in Anastasia (1955). During the 1960s and 1970s she produced and acted in Brecht on Brecht and in her own play I Am a Woman. Lindfors occasionally returned to act in films in order to fund her own projects. Recently she was seen in Stargate(1994) and in Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995).
Lindfors died of complications of rheumatoid arthritis, on October 25, 1995,in her native Uppsala, Sweden.