Ingrid Thulin
Thulin in 1952
Ingrid Lilian Thulin

(1926-01-27)27 January 1926
Sollefteå, Sweden
Died7 January 2004(2004-01-07) (aged 77)
Stockholm, Sweden
Alma materRoyal Dramatic Training Academy
Occupation(s)Actress, film director
Years active1948-1991
Claes Sylwander
(m. 1952; div. 1955)
(m. 1956; div. 1989) (archived)

Ingrid Lilian Thulin (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪ̌ŋːrɪd tɵˈliːn]; 27 January 1926 – 7 January 2004) was a Swedish actress and director who collaborated with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. She was often cast as harrowing and desperate characters, and earned acclaim from both Swedish and international critics.[1] She won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance in Brink of Life (1958) and the inaugural Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Silence (1963), and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA for Cries and Whispers (1972).

Early life and education

Thulin was born in Sollefteå, Ångermanland, northern Sweden, the daughter of Nanna (née Larsson) and Adam Thulin,[2] a fisherman. She took ballet lessons as a girl and was accepted by the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1948.


For many years she worked regularly with Ingmar Bergman. Thulin appeared in Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957), The Magician (1958, in which she spent much of the film dressed as a boy), Winter Light (1962), The Silence (1963), The Rite (1969) and Cries and Whispers (1972).

She shared the Best Actress award at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival and received a Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in 1964,[3] the first year the award was given out, for her performance in The Silence.

In 1968, she was cast by Luchino Visconti in his historical epic of Nazi Germany, The Damned. Thulin's performance earned a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.

Winner of the David di Donatello Awards 1974, Thulin was also nominated for the BAFTA Award the same year. In 1980, she was the head of the jury at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Personal life

She was married to Harry Schein, the founder of the Swedish Film Institute, for more than 30 years until 1989, although they lived separately for many years before divorcing. She bought an apartment in Paris, France, in the early 1960s, and some years later a beach house in San Felice Circeo. In 1970, she became a resident of Sacrofano, Italy, where she lived for 34 years. Her memoir was published in 1992 ("Någon jag kände" ("Somebody I knew"); Norstedts Förlag; ISBN 91-1-919472-2).[citation needed]


She returned to Sweden for medical treatment and later died from cancer in Stockholm, 20 days before her 78th birthday.[5]


The municipality of Sollefteå, where Thulin is buried, has given out an Ingrid Thulin Memorial Scholarship annually since 2008. The Scholarship (which is valued at SEK 20,000), is open to any applicants pursuing the arts. It is sponsored by actress Harriet Andersson, Thulin's longtime personal friend.

Selected filmography

Thulin with Ingmar Bergman during the production of The Silence, 1963


  1. ^ "Ingrid Thulin". Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  2. ^ Ingrid Thulin biodata,; accessed 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Tystnaden (1963)". Swedish Film Institute. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Berlinale 1980: Juries". Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Bergman's leading lady dies at 76". BBC News. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2016.

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