Swedish actress Bibi Andersson passes away at 83
Swedish actress Bibi Andersson, who starred in 13 of veteran director Ingmar Bergman's films, has died at 83 on Sunday night. Director Christina Olofson confirmed the death of the actor, who is survived by one child and her husband, Gabriel Mora Baeza. Her death comes after she had suffered a stroke in 2009 and was hospitalised for the same.
Andersson made a name herself after her type-defying role in 1966 film Persona for which she received the award for best actress at the 4th Guldbagge Awards, the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards. Previous to the role, she was generally cast in more innocent parts, like The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries.
Andersson won the silver bear for best actress at the Berlin Film Festival in 1963 for her work in Vilgot Sjoman's The Mistress and in 1968, she was nominated for best foreign actress at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) for her roles in both Persona and Syskonbadd 1782.
After her Persona fame, she went on to work consistently throughout the 1960s and 1970s and accumulated roles in more than 50 films, including John Huston's The Kremlin Letter and Robert Altman's Quintet.
Andersson had joined the Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theatre) in her early years and continued to perform throughout her film career. In 1990, she began working as a theatre director, directing several plays for the Dramaten, Sweden's national stage.
(With inputs from IANS)