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Bergman's leading lady dies at 76
Ingrid Thulin
Thulin had lived in Italy since the 1960s
Ingrid Thulin, the Swedish actress who made eight films with Ingmar Bergman, has died in Stockholm at the age of 76.

Thulin - often cited as one of Sweden's best actresses alongside Ingrid Bergman and Garbo - was suffering from cancer.

She was best known for starring in Bergman's Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers and Brink of Life, for which she shared a Cannes best actress award.

But her Hollywood career faltered when her voice was dubbed by Angela Lansbury in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

"She was undoubtedly one of the big Bergman women," film critic Nils-Petter Sundgren told Swedish news agency TT.

She was born in January 1927 in Sollefteaa in northern Sweden. She made her film debut in 1949 while she was still a student at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre where she was studying ballet.

Cannes honour

She had her first major role in the US film Foreign Intrigue in 1956, where she starred opposite Robert Mitchum.

She won fame for her part as Marianne Borg in Bergman's bleak 1957 film Wild Strawberries, where she played the estranged daughter-in-law of a man re-evaluating his life as he prepared to accept an honorary degree.

In 1958 she shared the best actress award with co-stars Bibi Andersson and Eva Dahlbeck for her part in Bergman's Brink of Life.

Ingrid Thulin
Thulin appeared in eight of Ingmar Bergman's films

Her crowning achievement came in 1973, where she starred alongside Liv Ullmann and Harriet Andersson as the sister of a cancer patient in the film Cries and Whispers, which won an Oscar for best cinematography.

She made her last film appearance in 1990 in the film La Casa del Sorriso (House of Smile), where she played a woman in a nursing home who starts an affair with a fellow patient.

In 1952 she married Swedish actor Claes Sylwander but the union only lasted for three years.

She wed Harry Schein, the co-founder of the Swedish Film Institute, in 1956 and the couple were married for 30 years, moving to Italy in the 1960s.

Thulin continued to live there after their divorce, but moved back to Sweden last year for cancer treatment.

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