Born 14 February 1932 in Stockholm, the daughter of naval officer Johan Valfrid and Agda Teresis Andersson. She entered Calle Flygare’s stage school at the age of 15, moving on to Oscarsteatern where she played in Annie Get Your Gun and Snow White at children’s matinees in 1949.
Harriet Andersson’s first venture into film was in commercials, following which she played 11 roles in two years, from an extra in Motorkavaljerer in 1950 to a leading part in Defiance, written by Vilgot Sjöman and directed by Gustaf Molander. This brought her to the attention of Ingmar Bergman, who gave her the part of Monika in Summer with Monika. Parallel with her film success, she continued her career in the revues at Scalateatern, where one of her singing numbers included ‘Would you like a Summer with Monika?’ Ingmar Bergman subsequently wrote a number of film parts for her to play, including Sawdust and Tinsel, A Lesson in Love, Smiles of a Summer Night, and Through a Glass Darkly, all of which… read more