Liv Johanne Ullmann is both an actress and a director, born on 16th December 1938. She was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her father, Erik Viggo Ullmann, at that time was working as an Aircraft engineer in Tokyo. Her father is a Norwegian, and so is she. Her mother, Janna Erbe, was also a Norwegian. In 1940, when she was two years old her entire family relocated to Toronto, Canada. Later, they moved to
, where her father died in 1945. Seven-year-old Ullmann was depressed and dejected when her father died and this was an event which she never could forget.
Later, her mother managed to bring her up by selling books. She did her schooling in Norway. Liv Ullmann had this habit of acting on stages and she started to perform in a lot of plays during the mid1950’s. Slowly, she grew up as an actress. She made her debut in a play called, ‘A Doll’s House’, in the year 1957. She became successful when she started to work with the Swedish director, Ernst Ingmar Bergman. Liv Ullmann married Hans Jacob in the year 1960. Their married life didn’t last long and they got divorced in 1965. After that, she began to concentrate on her career. In terms of her career and her personal life, she and the Swedish director started becoming close to each other. They had a daughter, Linn Ullmann, who was born on 9th August 1966. She married Donald Richard Saunders in the year 1985, but got divorced in 1995.
Liv Ullmann did both acting and direction simultaneously. Some of her notable films were Persona (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries and Whispers (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Autumn Sonata (1978). She directed her first film in the year 1992, which was called ‘Sofie’. After this, she managed to direct another film in the year 1995 called Kristin Lavransdatter. She also directed ‘Private Confessions’ in the year 1996, and Faithless in 2000. After this, she had a long gap. In the year 2014, she directed another film called ‘Miss Julie’, which received a lot of praises.
She won the Best Actress award thrice from the National Society of Film Critics, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle. This was the best part of her career, and she also received several positions in various functions. She was the Chairperson of the jury of the 34th Berlin International Film Festival held in the year 1984. In the year 2002, she chaired the jury of Cannes Film Festival and in the year 2008, she was the head of the jury of the 30th Moscow International Film Festival. One of her proudest moments in her life was when her daughter received the Prize of Honour on behalf of her father. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has traveled all around the world performing good deeds. She has dedicated her entire life to films and also the welfare of humans, which is clearly evident from what she had done throughout her life.