Bibi Andersson, 1935 – 2019

Bibi Andersson obituary
Actor of great depth and complexity known for her roles in the films of Ingmar Bergman
Ronald Bergan | The Guardian UK Mon 15 Apr 2019

Andersson was fluent in English and starred in several American movies, though as a somewhat homogenised version of herself, whether as a woman captured by the Apache people in the patchy western Duel at Diablo (1966) or a Russian spy in John Huston’s tepid cold war saga The Kremlin Letter (1970).

She was a sympathetic psychiatrist in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), the long-suffering wife of Steve McQueen as Doctor Stockmann, behind a thick beard and glasses, in An Enemy of the People (1978), based on Arthur Miller’s version of the Ibsen drama, and a French hooker in The Concorde – Airport ’79 (1979). In Robert Altman’s enigmatic allegory Quintet (1979), Andersson, according to Pauline Kael, “does wonders in a monologue about a dream … for a moment, we have the illusion of being involved in the movie”.

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