Ingrid Thulin

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Ingrid Thulin
Ingrid Thulin 1926-2004.jpg
Ingrid Thulin. Photo by Louis Huch
Born Ingrid Lilian Thulin
(1926-01-27)27 January 1926
Sollefteå, Sweden
Died 7 January 2004(2004-01-07) (aged 77)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Claes Sylwander (1952–1955)
Harry Schein (1956–1989)

Ingrid Lilian Thulin (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪŋːrɪd tɵˈliːn]; 27 January 1926 – 7 January 2004) was a Swedish film actress.

Life and career

Thulin was born in Sollefteå, Ångermanland, northern Sweden, the daughter of Nanna (née Larsson) and Adam Thulin,[1] a fisherman. She took ballet lessons as a girl and was accepted by The Royal Dramatic Theatre ("Dramaten") in Stockholm 1948.

For many years she worked regularly with Ingmar Bergman; among other films, Thulin appeared in Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957), The Magician (1958, where she acted dressed as a boy), in Winter Light (1962), as well as The Silence (1963) and Cries and Whispers (1972).

She shared the Best Actress award at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival and received a Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in 1964,[2] the first year the award was given out, for her performance in The Silence. Winner of the David di Donatello Awards 1974, Thulin was also been nominated for the BAFTA Award the same year. In 1980, she was the head of the jury at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

She was married to Harry Schein, the founder of the Swedish Film Institute, for more than 30 years until 1989, although they had lived separately for many years before the divorce. She bought an apartment in Paris, France in the early 1960s and some years later a beach house in San Felice Circeo. In 1970 she became a resident of Sacrofano, Italy, where she lived for 34 years. She returned to Sweden for medical treatment and later died from cancer in Stockholm, Sweden, 20 days shy of her 78th birthday. Her memories were published in 1992 ("Någon jag kände" ("Somebody I knew"); Norstedts Förlag; ISBN 9-119-19472-2).[citation needed]

Partial filmography

Ingrid Thulin and director Ingmar Bergman during the production of The Silence (1963).


  1. Ingrid Thulin biodata,; accessed 12 March 2015.
  2. "Tystnaden (1963)". Swedish Film Institute. 24 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Berlinale 1980: Juries". Retrieved 15 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Cowie, Peter (1970): Sweden 1. An Illustrated Guide ... to the Work of the Leading Directors, Players, Technicians, and other Key Figures in Swedish Cinema, with Credits and Plot outlines to more than seventy important Films, and Index to 1,000 Titles, A. Zwemmer Ltd., London
  • Cowie (1970): Sweden 2. A Comprehensive Assessment of the Themes, Trends, and Directors in Swedish Cinema, A. Zwemmer Ltd., London
  • Cowie (1977): Film in Sweden. Stars and Players, Tantivy Press, London (ISBN 0-498-02013-4)

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