Gill Hornby

She Can Do No Wrong

Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman

By Donald Spoto

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This is the story of a woman who many liked to think of as a saint, but whose messy private life dominated the press and damaged her reputation; a girl who, after an insecure childhood, rushed into early marriage with an older man; a beauty who captivated the world, but who was never appreciated by her husband; a slender clotheshorse, whose secret eating disorder would cause her weight to swing by 20lbs in a few weeks; a star who felt ‘helpless’ at home, who had to work and travel, because only then could she ‘express myself freely, and people would listen’.

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