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Ingrid Bergman and Her American Relatives

Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm

Internationally renowned actress Ingrid Bergman was of Swedish and German descent, though she was known by the majority as Swedish. Three times an Oscar recipient, especially known for Casablanca, Murder on the Orient Express, Gaslight, Notorious, and Anastasia, she is considered one of the greatest actresses of all time. Though she hailed from Europe, she also had relatives in the United States. Ingrid kept in close contact with her aunt Blenda, her father’s sister, as well as Blenda’s son Carl and grandson Norman. Ingrid and Norman exchanged letters and met in different locations throughout the USA, France, and England. This book chronicles her relationship with her American relatives through original letters and recollections of Ingrid’s American cousin Norman. « less more »
Hamilton Books
Pages: 140Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7618-6150-8 • Paperback • August 2013 • $29.99 • (£19.95)
Dr. Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm is a recipient of numerous literary awards and scholarships including a fellowship in literature by the Delaware Division of Arts in 2006 and a Fulbright scholarship in 2006-2007. She is the author of many books published in her native Poland and also in the USA including: Open Wounds—a Native American Heritage, On the Road with Suzy: from Cat to Companion, and Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising. Coming soon: The Polish Experience through World War II: A Better Day Has Not Come, and Melchior Wankowicz: Poland’s Master of the Written Word.
Ingrid will best be remembered for her part in Casablanca, staring with Humphrey Bogart in 1942. ... The book describes the relationship with her American relatives, the Boehms. ...The author, Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm did not meet her, but research and family contacts with Ingrid bring her to life.
Polish American Journal

What a nicebook written by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, a well known scholarof literature, the author of numerousbiographies and contemporary history. Ingridwasa kin of NormanBoehm, the author’s husband. The book presentscorrespondence between Ingrid Bergman and her relatives residinginthe United States. Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm has cleverly interwoven family letters with the biography ofthe actress. Ingrid Bergmanhad alifefulfilled.Herrolesin films andtheatrical creations provided audiences with joy and pleasure. Bergman is probablyone of the fewactresseswhoinspired aspontaneousacceptance. Readers of Ziolkowska’s Boehm book will be rewarded with generally warm feelings.
Tydzien Polski

Ingrid Bergman was loved by critics, directors, writers, and above all by audiences, not only of cinema, but the theater as well. Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm was able to tell all that should be said about the actress but also about her artistry that grew as much from native talent as from her extraordinary personality. Bergman’s adventures in acting helped her become someone else, someone who did not feel fear. As a girl, she was kind to others, and so it remained for the rest of her life. The book by Ziółkowska-Boehm recalls not only the history of Ingrid Bergman and her family, but also what happened to her three husbands and four children. From the letters cited by the author, Bergman is shown as one oriented in the fate of her loved ones. Always interested in their lives, she was appreciative of any sign of feelings for her from them. Hardly surprising is the fact that the documents provided by the author’s husband were interpreted with a great culture by Ziolkowska-Boehm. The reader will find a beautiful portrait of a woman and an artist, one that anyone would like to be near or in her presence.
Nowy Dziennik: Polish Daily News

Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm’s “Ingrid Bergman and Her American Relatives” states that in fact, Bergman had no Jewish ancestry. A careful genealogical investigation was made of a maternal cousin in the 1950's before he could be granted a work visa for Saudi Arabia, which formally banned Jews from entering the country.
Benjamin Ivry, "Ingrid Bergman's Lifelong Love Affair With the Jew", Forward.com