Wednesday, August 29, 2012
August 29 is the birthdate of Swedish born actress Ingrid Bergman, who won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Tony. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema by the American Film Institute. One of her memorable roles was that of Ilsa Lund in “Casablanca” (1942). The difference between Bergman's height and that of co-star Humphrey Bogart (she was some two inches taller) required Bogart, as Rick Blaine, to stand on blocks or sit on cushions in their scenes together. Rick's toast to Ilsa, "Here's looking at you, kid," does not appear in the movie’s draft screenplays; it has been attributed to something Bogart said to Bergman while he taught her poker between takes.