Ingrid Thulin

Ingrid Lilian Thulin (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪ̌ŋːrɪd tɵˈliːn]; 27 January 1926 – 7 January 2004) was a Swedish film actress, director and screenwriter.

Ingrid Thulin
Ingrid Thulin 1926-2004.jpg
Thulin in 1952
Ingrid Lilian Thulin

(1926-01-27)27 January 1926
Sollefteå, Sweden
Died7 January 2004(2004-01-07) (aged 77)
Stockholm, Sweden
Claes Sylwander
(m. 1952; div. 1955)

Harry Schein
(m. 1956; div. 1989) (archived)


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.

She was married to Harry Schein, the founder of the Swedish Film Institute, for more than 30 years until 1989, although they lived separately for many years before divorcing. 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, 20 days shy of her 78th birthday.[2] Her memoir was published in 1992 ("Någon jag kände" ("Somebody I knew"); Norstedts Förlag; ISBN 91-1-919472-2).[citation needed]


For many years she worked regularly with Ingmar Bergman. Thulin appeared in Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957), The Magician (1958, in which she spent much of the film dressed as a boy), Winter Light (1962), The Silence (1963), The Rite (1969) 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,[3] 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 nominated for the BAFTA Award the same year. In 1980, she was the head of the jury at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Selected filmographyEdit

Thulin with Ingmar Bergman during the production of The Silence, 1963


  1. ^ Ingrid Thulin biodata,; accessed 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Bergman's leading lady dies at 76". BBC NEWS. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Tystnaden (1963)". Swedish Film Institute. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Berlinale 1980: Juries". Retrieved 15 August 2010.

Further readingEdit

  • 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)
  • Loman, Rikard Ingrid Lilian Thulin at Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon

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