For the Second Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon hosted by my friend Ginnie at the Wonderful World of Cinema, I decided to write about the legendary friendship between the two lovely stars of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. (Sadly I haven’t seen too many of Bergman’s movies- but I want to change that!)
Cary and Ingrid may have only made to movies together: Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946) and Stanley Donen’s 1958 work Indiscreet- but the friendship they had was certainly amazing.
When work began on Notorious both stars were somewhat uneasy- David O Selznick wanted Cary replaced with Joseph Cotten, and Cary himself was unsure of how the movie would turn out as his previous Hitchcock film Suspicion (1941) had him cast against type. Ingrid was also a bit uneasy with working for Hitchcock again, as her previous film with him, Spellbound (1945) also was an unpleasant experience.
However as filming began, both stars were able to let go of their past feelings and found comfort in each other. Their easiness around each other is evident in one of the most famous kisses in screen history. As it is widely known most of the dialogue between the pair was improvised, as Hitch advised them to speak “as lovers would”. Although both stars found the scene somewhat uncomfortable to shoot, what resulted was just fabulous!
It would be 12 years before the pair were teamed again, but they always found room for each other! As we all know- Cary was one of the few people in Hollywood not to shut Ingrid out due to her romance with Roberto Rosselini, and even accepted for her 1957 Best Actress Oscar for Anastasia. That’s real friendship!
Then the next year, 1958 the two were reunited in Indiscreet. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, and I’ve only watched it once, (same with Notorious I’m gonna have to watch both again) but I can say that the plot is really wonderful.I love the use of the split screen in the beginning and of course there is Cary’s dance scene. Ingrid gets some great lines, “How dare he make love to me and not be a married man!”
One of the last public appearances the duo had was at the AFI tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. Naturally both stars were there, and when Ingrid got up to reflect on Hitch, she surprised everyone by presenting the famous key from Notorious. After filming wrapped on Notorious, Cary kept it, then soon passed it on to Ingrid saying it could bring her luck, as it did him. At the presentation, Ingrid then gave it to Hitch!
After Ingrid died, Cary would often say he had four favorite leading ladies: Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, and Ingrid Bergman. He also was known to favor the two movies he made with her. Today, we may not know much about the two stars private friendship, but it still endures on screens to be treasured forever!
Photo Credit- Pintrest, Wikipedia.