Born Liv Johanne Ullmann on 16 December 1938 in Tokyo. Her father Viggo was an international aircraft engineer, hence her childhood spent in Tokyo (which her family left upon Japan’s alliance with Germany in 1940), Toronto and New York. Following an accident, Viggo Ullmann died in New York in 1944, and when the War ended in 1945 Liv’s mother Janna moved with her two daughters home to Trondheim. Liv was seven years old when she first set foot in Norway.
After a period of study at the Webber-Douglas Academy in London, Liv Ullmann made her stage debut in Stavanger in Anne Frank’s Diary (roughly the same time that Harriet Andersson was playing the same part in Stockholm). Her film debut came in Fjols til fjells in 1957. Following a number of promising film and stage roles in Norway, Liv Ullmann came to Sweden to make her breakthrough film Persona, and remained in the country as Ingmar Bergman’s partner for five years. She played major roles in his films up until Autumn Sonata in… read more
Sometimes I really wonder how many consecutive hours I have spent staring at her face
She is what I epitomize about raw, hardcore acting. Much like Gena Rowlands in Opening Night and Woman Under The Influence, Ullman is ones of these greatest actors of all time. Bergman's lover and muse. Those eyes, that face, they say it all...
She is the worst because all she does is indicate. I don't believe her in almost everything she has done. She is phony, every facial expression is calculated. Examples: Watch her as she tries to weep in Autumn Sonata. NO TEARS, NOTHING. YET SHE TRIES TO PRETEND THEY ARE THERE. Same thing with Face to Face. I guess that's what happens when you watch subtitled films, you lose a lot of whats happening with the acting. I'm not the only "critic" who's noticed this either.