Ingrid Thulin, born in Northern Sweden in 1926, studied dancing and acting in Stockholm since she was 17. Her movie actress career began in 1948 ; that same year, she was accepted at the Royal Dramatic Theater acting school, of which she became a member in 1950. In 1956, she’s hired at the Malmö City Theater, where she plays for Bergman, who then make her work on « Smultronstället ». She became one of his favorite thespians. In 1961, Vincente Minelli’s « Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse » is the starting point of her international career. At the same time, she began stage directing and directed her first short feature in 1965.