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In Casablanca I fell right back to where I’d come from. David O. Selznick liked it because at last I was going to wear lovely gowns and clothes and look pretty. Oh, it was difficult in Hollywood to play against what Hollywood made you. As I have said, they typecast everyone. All the actors—Gary Cooper, James Stewart,  Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart—they were always playing themselves. But I came from Sweden where acting meant the certainty of change. You played old people, young people, nasty people, good people, but you rarely played what you looked like or what you were. You got inside somebody else’s skin.

Now Michael Curtiz, the Hungarian director of Casablanca and a very experienced and talented director, picked up the same old theme. ‘Ingrid, you’re so wrong, that’s not what they do in America. America is type-casting. The audience want it at the box office. They pay their money to see Gary Cooper being Gary Cooper, not the hunchback of Notre Dame. So you are going to ruin your career by trying to change and do different things. From now on you should simply be Ingrid Bergman; do the same thing, play the same sort of role all the time, and you develop this one attractive side that the audience will love.’

I said, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to change. I’m going to change as much as I can.’

—Ingrid Bergman, My Story

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