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Bergman reveals secret love child
Ingmar Bergman
Bergman's film-making has influenced many modern directors
Film director Ingmar Bergman has revealed that he has a secret daughter from an affair conducted with a Swedish countess in the 1950s.

The admission came in the 86-year-old's newly-published memoirs, co-written with his daughter Maria who was born to Bergman and Ingrid Van Rosen in 1959.

She was not aware that Bergman was her father until the age of 22.

He finally married Van Rosen in 1971, when she became his fifth wife. She died of stomach cancer in 1995.

Bergman's relationship with Van Rosen, which began in 1957, triggered a scandal as they were both married at the time.


In his new book Three Diaries, Bergman said their eventual decision to marry and break up an existing family caused "suspicion and even open aggression" from his peers.

The book brings together the diaries of Bergman, Van Rosen and Maria in the months leading up to Van Rosen's death.

The Swedish film director's career has spanned over six decades, in which he has won three Oscars for best foreign language film and nine nominations for best director.

He is considered as one of the world's greatest film-makers and an ongoing influence on modern directors.

His films are renowned for their dramatic intensity, prompting Bergman to admit that watching them made him feel depressed.

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