Using archival documentary footage this presentation will examine the careers of two great stars of cinema: Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) and James Stewart (1908-1997).
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won many accolades, including three Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award and four Golden Globe Awards. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), and Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946). David O. Selznick once called her "the most completely conscientious actress" he had ever worked with. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Bergman as the fourth-greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema. James Stewart is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. With a career that spanned 62 years, Stewart was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player who was known for his distinctive drawl and down-to-earth persona, traits which helped him often portray American middle-class men struggling in crisis. Many of the films in which he starred have become enduring classics. He was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for The Philadelphia Story, and received an Academy Lifetime Achievement award in 1985. Shortly after his death Stewart was named the third-greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age of Hollywood by the American Film Institute, behind only Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant.
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