Liv Johanne Ullmann (born December 16, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan) where her father, an aircraft technician, was working at the time and grew up in Trondheim. She has also lived in Canada and now lives in New York City. Ullman is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning Norwegian actress, author and film director.
Ullman played lead roles in nine films by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, with whom she had a daughter, Norwegian author Linn Ullmann. A consummate psychological actress, she was the object of considerable critical acclaim during the 1970s (awards include three Best Actress prizes from the prestigious National Society of Film Critics, two from the National Board of Review, a threesome from the New York Film Critics Circle, and one Golden Globe as well as a LAFCA honor).
Her work with Bergman, especially in the powerful Scenes from a Marriage, turned her into a 1970s feminist and cultural icon, as well as one of the most respected actresses of her time. She was nominated twice for an Academy Award (for The Emigrants and Face to Face), and published two successful biographies (Changing and Choices).
Coincidentally, two of Ullman´s biggest flops were musical adaptations of classic works. The film version of "Lost Horizon" was a critical and commercial disaster, and the Broadway production of "I Remember Mama" underwent numerous revisions during an unusually long preview period, then closed after only 108 performances.
||Ullman is multi-lingual, speaking Norwegian, Swedish, English and other European languages. She is also a committed UNICEF goodwill ambassador and has traveled widely for the organization. She was appointed honorary doctor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology 2006.
Lately, Ullmann has been making a name for herself as a film director (most notably with the acclaimed, Bergman-scripted drama Faithless) and could also be seen reprising her role from Scenes from a Marriage in 2003´s Saraband (Bergman´s final telemovie).
Ullmann narrated the Canada / Norway co-produced animated short "The Danish Poet", which won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film at the 79th Academy Awards.
Liv Ullmann 1995 film version of the first part of the "Kristin Lavransdatter" trilogy helped put Undset on the Norwegian cultural map again. Over three hours long in its first version, the movie traces "Kristin«s"early life on the farm and her relationship to her father, "Lavrans", but concentrates mostly on the love story between her and Erland and ends with that she, against her parents wishes, marries him.
The movie was filmed for the most part on location in a Norwegian mountain valley, where an authentic medieval farm was built for that purpose. The combined talents of capable Norwegian actors and the world-famous Bergman photographer Sven Nykvist made film a success from the very beginning. A shorter version aimed at overseas markets and a TV version have also been made.