Viveca Lindfors

Viveca Lindfors

  • Highest Rated: 100% Girlfriends (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% The Hand (1981)
  • Birthday: Dec 29, 1920
  • Birthplace: Uppsala, Uppsala l?n, Sweden
  • Though of the same era as her Swedish compatriots Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, talented and beautiful leading lady of stage and screen Viveca Lindfors never achieved their superstar status due in large part to working in movies that inadequately displayed the full extent of her ability and charismatic personality. Still, she earned accolades and awards from critics and film societies around the world, including two awards from the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. Born Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors in Uppsala, Sweden, she learned to act at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. She made her Swedish film debut in Snurriga Familjen (1940). For the next six years, she would appear in more films and establish a stage career. Moving to Hollywood in 1946, she contracted herself to Warner Bros. studios and two years later starred opposite Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Don Juan (1948); however, in 1947, she appeared in Night Unto Night, Ronald Reagan's first starring role, but the film was not released until 1949. The following year, she debuted in her first French film, Singoalla. She made her first Broadway appearance playing the lead in Anastasia. Other memorable stage roles include Miss Julie (1955), Brecht on Brecht (1961), and I Am Woman (1973), a one-woman show. For her filmwork, Lindfors won her first Best Actress Award from the BFF in 1951 for Die Vier im Jeep (Four in a Jeep). Her second BFF Best Actress Award was for her role in Huis Clos (No Exit) (1962). In her personal life, Lindfors was renowned for her numerous romantic liaisons -- this in a decade when such behavior was considered shocking. She claims to have married the first of her four husbands just to prove that a promiscuous woman could indeed marry a decent man. Unlike many actresses for whom the aging process marks the death of their careers, Lindfors grew gracefully into her latter years, gaining a dignified beauty and an even more commanding presence in such films as Welcome to L.A. and Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978). In 1985, she made her debut as a screenwriter and director with Unfinished Business. Lindfors made her final film appearance in Henry Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995). She died in October that year of complications from rheumatoid arthritis in her home town of Uppsala.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

83% Run for Cover Senator Anderson 1995
64% Last Summer in the Hamptons Helena 1995
No Score Yet Backstreet Justice Mrs. Robovit 1993
No Score Yet The Linguini Incident Miracle 1992
33% Zandalee Tatta 1991
No Score Yet Child of Darkness, Child of Light Ida Walsh 1991
56% The Exorcist III Nurse X 1990
No Score Yet Forced March Actor 1990
No Score Yet Exiled Dr. Helena Lindenheim 1990
No Score Yet Going Undercover Mrs. Bellinger 1988
No Score Yet The Ann Jillian Story The Mother 1988
No Score Yet Lady Beware Actor 1987
No Score Yet Rachel River Harriet White 1987
No Score Yet Secret Weapons Aunt Rosa Koslov 1985
85% The Sure Thing Prof. Taub 1985
No Score Yet Silent Madness Mrs. Collins 1984
73% Creepshow Aunt Bedelia 1982
No Score Yet Inside the Third Reich Actor 1982
11% The Hand Doctress 1981
No Score Yet The Best Little Girl in the World Madame Seurat 1981
No Score Yet For Ladies Only Rachel Loring 1981
No Score Yet Playing for Time Frau Schmidt 1980
No Score Yet Marilyn: The Untold Story Natasha Lytess 1980
No Score Yet Voices Mrs. Lemon 1979
No Score Yet Natural Enemies Dr. Baker 1979
100% Girlfriends Beatrice 1978
73% A Wedding Ingrid Hellstrom 1978
No Score Yet A Question of Guilt Actor 1978
No Score Yet Welcome to L.A. Susan Moore 1976
65% The Way We Were Paula 1973
No Score Yet La Campana del infierno (A Bell from Hell) Marta 1973
No Score Yet Puzzle of a Downfall Child Pauline Galba 1970
No Score Yet Coming Apart Monica 1969
No Score Yet Cauldron of Blood Tania Badulescu 1967
No Score Yet Brainstorm Dr. Elizabeth Larstadt 1965
No Score Yet Sylvia Irma Olanski 1965
86% The Damned (These Are the Damned) Freya Nielsen 1963
85% King of Kings Claudia 1961
No Score Yet The Story of Ruth Eleilat 1960
No Score Yet Weddings and Babies Bea 1960
No Score Yet I Accuse! Lucie Dreyfus 1958
No Score Yet The Halliday Brand Aleta Burris 1957
69% Moonfleet Mrs. Anna Minton 1955
No Score Yet Run for Cover (Colorado) Helga Swenson 1955
No Score Yet Dark City Victoria Winant 1950
No Score Yet No Sad Songs for Me Chris Radna 1950
No Score Yet Backfire Lysa Randolph 1950
No Score Yet Four in a Jeep Franziska Idinger 1950
No Score Yet Night Unto Night Ann 1949
No Score Yet Singoalla Singoalla 1949
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan Queen Margaret 1948

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Helga Holtz
  • 1993
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Angela Drake
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Luisa Hadley
  • 1959

QUOTES FROM Viveca Lindfors CHARACTERS

The Mother
"Is that a nipple?"
Aunt Bedelia
I didn't know I had it in me! I'm your daughter, right? You bootlegger. Killer! Murderer! Ungrateful bastard. You shouldn't have killed Yarbro! He was a man, a real man! Everything I wanted, he wanted for me! You stupid bastard! You screwed it all up. You screwed up my mother, you screwed me up. You got me so mad, you drove me crazy. "I want my cake, Bedelia, you bitch!" You called me a bitch! Sylvia fixed it all. Ashtray back in place. Chair overturned. A fall, Daddy, a bad fall. Nobody could catch us! Nobody! You taught me, you taught Sylvia! You taught us all! So peaceful here.
Nathan's Corpse
(pops out of his grave) - Where's my cake, Bedelia? I want my cake!
Nathan's Corpse
(pops out of his grave) Where's my cake, Bedelia? I want my cake!