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Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors (29 December 1920 – 25 October 1995) was a Swedish-born American stage and film actress, and singer.
Viveca Lindfors, 1957
Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors
29 December 1920
|Died||25 October 1995 (aged 74)|
(m. 1941; div. 1943)
(m. 1944; div. 1948)
(m. 1948; div. 1953)
(m. 1953; div. 1970)
|Children||3, including Kristoffer Tabori|
Life and careerEdit
She trained at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, Stockholm. Soon after, she became a theater and film star in Sweden. She moved to the United States in 1946 after being signed by Warner Bros. and began working in Hollywood. She appeared in more than one hundred films, including Night Unto Night, No Sad Songs for Me, Dark City, The Halliday Brand, King of Kings, An Affair of the Skin, Creepshow, The Sure Thing, and Stargate. She appeared with actors such as Ronald Reagan, Jeffrey Hunter, Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott and Errol Flynn.
Lindfors appeared frequently on television, usually as a guest star, though she played the title role in the miniseries Frankenstein's Aunt. Most of her TV appearances were in the 1950s and 1960s, with a resurgence in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1990, she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the ABC series Life Goes On. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for her supporting role in the TV movie A Question of Guilt.
In 1962, she shared the Silver Bear for Best Actress award with Rita Gam at the Berlin Film Festival, for their performances in Tad Danielewski's No Exit. Among her later film roles, perhaps the most memorable is the kindly and worldly-wise Professor Taub in The Sure Thing (1985).
Lindfors was married four times: to Harry Hasso, a Swedish cinematographer; Folke Rogard, a Swedish attorney and World Chess Federation president; Don Siegel, the director; and George Tabori, a Hungarian writer, producer and director. She had three children: two sons (John Tabori with Hasso, and the actor Kristoffer Tabori, with Siegel) and a daughter (Lena Tabori, with Rogard).
In the last years of her life, she taught acting at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and had a lead role (essentially playing herself) in Henry Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995). The same year, she returned to the Strindberg Festival in Stockholm to perform in the play In Search of Strindberg, which had been produced earlier that year at the Actors Studio.
Lindfors was a naturalized U.S. citizen and a liberal Democrat who supported the presidency of Jimmy Carter and later said of her former co-star Ronald Reagan that, "Ronnie was not a big star. He didn't carry enough weight. To think that the guy became president is really kind of funny."
Lindfors died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 74 in her native Uppsala, and was buried in Sweden. In New York City, a service was held at the Actors Studio where Gene Frankel, who had directed her in I Am a Woman and Brecht on Brecht.
|1948||Adventures of Don Juan||Queen Margaret|
|1949||Night Unto Night||Ann Gracie|
|1950||Dark City||Victoria Winant|
|1950||This Side of The Law||Evelyn Taylor|
|1950||No Sad Songs for Me||Chris Radna|
|1950||The Flying Missile||Karin Hansen|
|1951||Four in a Jeep||Franziska Idinger|
|1951||Journey Into Light||Christine Thorssen|
|1952||Riders of Vengeance||Elena de Ortega||aka The Raiders|
|1955||Run for Cover||Helga Swenson|
|1958||I Accuse!||Lucie Dreyfus|
|1959||Rawhide||Luisa Esquivel Y Hadley||1 episode|
|1960||Johnny Midnight||Simone in episode "X Equals Murder")|
|1960||The Story of Ruth||Eleilat|
|1960||Weddings and Babies||Bea|
|1961||King of Kings||Claudia|
|1961||Tempest||Catherine the Great|
|1961||The Untouchables||Mrs. Jarreau|
|1961||Naked City||Lulu Kronen||1 episode|
|1962||No Exit||Inez||aka Sinners Go to Hell|
|1962/1964||The Defenders||Mady Lorne / Madeline Flanders||2 episodes|
|1963||The Damned||Freya Neilson||aka These Are the Damned|
|1964||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Dr. Laura Rettig||1 episode|
|1964||12 O'Clock High||Nicole Trouchard||1 episode|
|1965||Bonanza||Angela Bergstrom||1 episode|
|1965/1966||Ben Casey||Mrs. Boone / Vivian Bennett||2 episodes|
|1967||The Diary of Anne Frank||TV movie|
|1967/1969||The F.B.I.||Ida Salzman / Eva Bolen||2 episodes|
|1970||Cauldron of Blood||Tania|
|1970||The Interns||Jennie||1 episode|
|1972||A House Without Boundaries||Señorita Elvira|
|1973||The Bell from Hell||Marta|
|1973||The Way We Were||Paula Reisner|
|1976||Welcome to L.A.||Susan Moore|
|1978||A Question of Guilt||Dr. Rosen||TV movie.|
Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding
Performance by a Supporting Actress
in a Drama or Comedy Special
|1978||A Wedding||Ingrid Hellstrom|
|1982||Inside the Third Reich||Gypsy woman||TV movie|
|1983||Dies rigorose Leben||Ada|
|1984||Trapper John, M.D.||Zella Korevechi||1 episode|
|1984||Silent Madness||Mrs. Collins|
|1985||The Sure Thing||Professor Taub|
|1987||Frankenstein's Aunt||Hannah von Frankenstein||7 episodes|
|1987||Rachel River||Harriet White|
|1989||Flickan vid stenbänken||Storråda||TV series|
|1990||Life Goes On||Mrs. Doubcha||1 episode.|
Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest
Actress in a Drama Series
|1990||The Exorcist III||Nurse X|
|1990||China Beach||Ilsa||1 episode|
|1991||Child of Darkness, Child of Light||Ida Walsh|
|1992||North of Pittsburgh||Rosa Andretti||Genie Award nomination for Best Actress|
|1993||Law & Order||Helga Holtz||1 episode|
|1995||Last Summer in the Hamptons||Helena Mora|
Major stage appearancesEdit
- Lebherz, Richard (21 December 1970). "A Snow Queen In Exile". The News. Frederick, Maryland. p. 6. Retrieved 25 June 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Nättidningen RÖTTER - för dig som släktforskar! Viveca Lindfors genealogy site, genealogi.se; accessed 4 May 2017 (in Swedish).
- Viveca Lindfors profile, Hollywood.com; accessed 4 May 2017.
- "42nd Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - 1990". Television Academy. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- "30th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special - 1978". Television Academy. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- "Berlinale 1962: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- Stout, David (26 October 1995). "Viveca Lindfors, Stage and Film Actress, 74". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "Five Former Co-Stars Rate Reagan as a Leading—and Sometimes Misleading—Man". People. 16 (6). 10 August 1981. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
- "Viveca Lindfors". IBDb. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Viveca Lindfors.|
- Viveca Lindfors on IMDb
- Viveca Lindfors at the Internet Broadway Database
- Viveca Lindfors at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Viveca Lindfors at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection
- Edward Winter, The FIDE President and the Actress, ChessBase.com; retrieved 2009-01-20.
- Viveca Lindfors at Find a Grave
- Photographs and literature
- Viveca Lindfors papers, 1945–1990, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts