|Intro||Actress and director (1920–1995)|
|Countries||United States of America Sweden|
|Occupations||Screenwriter Film producer Television actor Film actor Film director Stage actor|
|Birth||29 December 1920 (Uppsala, Uppsala Municipality, Uppsala County, Sweden)|
|Death||25 October 1995 (Uppsala, Uppsala Municipality, Uppsala County, Sweden)|
Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors (29 December 1920 – 25 October 1995), better known under her professional name of Viveca Lindfors, was a Swedish-American stage and film actress, and singer.
Life and career
Lindfors was born in Uppsala, Sweden, the daughter of Karin Emilia Therese (née Dymling) and Axel Torsten Lindfors.
She trained at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, Stockholm. Soon after, she became a theater and film star in Sweden. She moved to the United States in 1946 after being signed by Warner Bros. and began working in Hollywood. She appeared in more than one hundred films, including Night Unto Night, No Sad Songs for Me, Dark City, The Halliday Brand, King of Kings, An Affair of the Skin, Creepshow, The Sure Thing, and Stargate. She appeared with actors such as Ronald Reagan, Jeffrey Hunter, Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott and Errol Flynn.
Lindfors appeared frequently on television, usually as a guest star, though she played the title role in the miniseries Frankenstein's Aunt. Most of her TV appearances were in the 1950s and 1960s, with a resurgence in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1990 she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the ABC series Life Goes On. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for her supporting role in the TV movie A Question of Guilt.
An original and mesmerizing stage presence, her roles ranged from Strindberg to Shakespeare to the musical Pal Joey.
In 1962 she shared the Silver Bear for Best Actress award with Rita Gam at the Berlin Film Festival, for their performances in Tad Danielewski's No Exit. Among her later film roles, perhaps the most memorable is the kindly and worldly-wise Professor Taub in The Sure Thing (1985).
Lindfors was married four times: to Harry Hasso, a Swedish cinematographer; Folke Rogard, a Swedish attorney and World Chess Federation president; Don Siegel, the director; and George Tabori, a Hungarian writer, producer and director. She had three children: two sons (John Tabori with Hasso, and the actor Kristoffer Tabori, with Siegel) and a daughter (Lena Tabori, with Rogard).
In the last years of her life, she taught acting at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and had a lead role (essentially playing herself) in Henry Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995). The same year she returned to the Strindberg Festival in Stockholm to perform in the play In Search of Strindberg, which had been produced earlier that year at the Actors Studio.
She died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 74 in her native Uppsala, and was buried in Sweden. In New York City, a service was held at the Actors Studio where Gene Frankel, who had directed her in I Am a Woman and Brecht on Brecht, spoke to an audience about his respect and affection for her.
|1948||Adventures of Don Juan||Queen Margaret|
|1949||Night Unto Night||Ann Gracie|
|1950||Dark City||Victoria Winant|
|1950||This Side of The Law||Evelyn Taylor|
|1950||No Sad Songs for Me||Chris Radna|
|1950||The Flying Missile||Karin Hansen|
|1951||Four in a Jeep||Franziska Idinger|
|1951||Journey Into Light||Christine Thorssen|
|1952||Riders of Vengeance||Elena de Ortega|
|1955||Run for Cover||Helga Swenson|
|1958||I Accuse!||Lucie Dreyfus|
|1959||Rawhide||Luisa Esquivel Y Hadley||1 episode|
|1960||Johnny Midnight||Simone in episode "X Equals Murder")|
|1960||The Story of Ruth||Eleilat|
|1960||Weddings and Babies||Bea|
|1961||King of Kings||Claudia|
|1961||Tempest||Catherine the Great|
|1961||The Untouchables||Mrs. Jarreau|
|1961||Naked City||Lulu Kronen||1 episode|
|1962||No Exit||Inez||aka Sinners Go to Hell|
|1962/1964||The Defenders||Mady Lorne / Madeline Flanders||2 episodes|
|1963||The Damned||Freya Neilson||aka These Are the Damned|
|1964||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Dr. Laura Rettig||1 episode|
|1964||12 O'Clock High||Nicole Trouchard||1 episode|
|1965||Bonanza||Angela Bergstrom||1 episode|
|1965/1966||Ben Casey||Mrs. Boone / Vivian Bennett||2 episodes|
|1967||The Diary of Anne Frank||TV movie|
|1967/1969||The F.B.I.||Ida Salzman / Eva Bolen||2 episodes|
|1970||Cauldron of Blood||Tania|
|1970||The Interns||Jennie||1 episode|
|1972||A House Without Boundaries||Señorita Elvira|
|1973||The Bell from Hell||Marta|
|1973||The Way We Were||Paula Reisner|
|1976||Welcome to L.A.||Susan Moore|
|1978||A Question of Guilt||Dr. Rosen||TV movie.
Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding
Performance by a Supporting Actress
in a Drama or Comedy Special
|1978||A Wedding||Ingrid Hellstrom|
|1982||Inside the Third Reich||Gypsy woman||TV movie|
|1983||Dies rigorose Leben||Ada|
|1984||Trapper John, M.D.||Zella Korevechi||1 episode|
|1984||Silent Madness||Mrs. Collins|
|1985||The Sure Thing||Professor Taub|
|1987||Frankenstein's Aunt||Hannah von Frankenstein||7 episodes|
|1987||Rachel River||Harriet White|
|1989||Flickan vid stenbänken||Storråda||TV series|
|1990||Life Goes On||Mrs. Doubcha||1 episode.
Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest
Actress in a Drama Series
|1990||The Exorcist III||Nurse X|
|1990||China Beach||Ilsa||1 episode|
|1991||Child of Darkness, Child of Light||Ida Walsh|
|1992||North of Pittsburgh||Rosa Andretti||Genie Award nomination for Best Actress|
|1993||Law & Order||Helga Holtz||1 episode|
|1995||Last Summer in the Hamptons||Helena Mora|
Major stage appearances
- 1954/55 – Anastasia .... Anna
- 1956 – Miss Julie .... Miss Julie and The Stronger .... Miss Y
- 1956 – King Lear .... Cordelia
- 1963 – Pal Joey .... Vera Simpson
- 1971 – Dance of Death .... Alice