IN PICTURES: Legendary Swedish actress Bibi Andersson leaves behind 'hole of loss'

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IN PICTURES: Legendary Swedish actress Bibi Andersson leaves behind 'hole of loss'
Bibi Andersson starred in many of Ingmar Bergman's films. Photo: TT

Swedish actress Bibi Andersson has passed away aged 83. Let's take a look at some of her best-known work, which doesn't just include Ingmar Bergman movies.


Andersson is perhaps best known for starring in many of Bergman classics including The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957) and Persona (1966).

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Andersson with Bergman, left, and Victor Sjöström during the shooting of Wild Strawberries. Photo: TT

Andersson first started working with the director at the age of 15, when she was cast in several commercials for the Swedish soap brand Bris, directed by Bergman.

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


Bibi Andersson with fellow actor Nils Poppe in The Seventh Seal. Photo: TT

From early film credits in 1951, she continued working and starring in movies until 2009, when she suffered a stroke paralyzing one side of her body.

Andersson starring in Bergman movie Persona in 1966. Photo: TT

Her daughter Grede Dahlstrand said Andersson had made a mark on many people's lives.

"She leaves behind a great hole of loss for every one of us who had the privilege of being near her," Dahlstrand said.


Andersson receiving one of many acting awards in 2008. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

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

Andersson often played simple and sometimes poorly written characters, but she "would take those roles and make them something much greater", Holmberg said.

Bibi Andersson in 1988. Photo: Mats Strand/TT

The media, and Bergman himself, often referred to people he worked with as "his" actors and actresses. Andersson's response was: "I'm my own."

"And that's exactly what she was," Holmberg said.


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