The Scandalous Affairs of Old Hollywood

Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman’s affair with director Roberto Rossellini, which started during the production of Stromboli, ruined her wholesome image and caused the actress to lose fans in America. Both Bergman and Rossellini were married at the time, and Bergman became pregnant with the first of their children. The scandal was so great that Bergman was ordered to remain in Europe. United States Senator Edwin C. Johnson of Colorado even condemned the actress publicly as “a powerful influence for evil.” Bergman made a big return to Hollywood in 1956 with Anastasia, which won her a second Academy Award. The couple married in 1950.