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Liv Ullmann
Norwegian actress and film director
(1938- )



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Books have always been living things to me. Some of my encounters with new authors have changed my life a little. When I have been perplexed, looking for something I could not define to myself, a certain book has turned up, approached me as a friend would. And between it's cover carried the questions and the answers I was looking for.
— Quoted in William Safire and Leonard Safir, Words of Wisdom (1990)

We all need somebody to talk to. It would be good if we talked; not just pitter-patter, but 'real' talk. We shouldn’t be so afraid, because most people really like this contact; that you show you are vulnerable makes them free to be vulnerable. It’s so much easier to be together when we drop our masks.
— Quoted in William Safire and Leonard Safir, Words of Wisdom (1990)

He [Max von Sydow] is a friend I love dearly as perhaps you can only love someone you have worked with and known personally. It is a double relationship mixed into one. We haven't worked together for several years and I miss that very much.
-- On the Swedish actor, Max von Sydow

Is this not where life's possibilities lie? Not necessarily to arrive, but always to be on the way, in movement.
-- On growth

What I have always loved most in men is imperfection. I get moved by the wrinkles on the throat of a man. It makes me love him more. I think it is sad that more women don't take the chance that maybe men will be moved by seeing the chin a little less firm than it used to be, that a man will be more in love with his wife because he remembers who she was and sees who she is and thinks, God, isn't that lovely that this happened to her. And be moved by life telling its story there.
-- On experience

Original Norwegian:
Det er bedre å våkne alene og vite at en er alene, end å våkne sammen med noen og allikevel være ensom.
English translation:
It is better to wake up alone, knowing you are alone, than to wake up with someone, still being lonely.
-- On solitude

I've worked with more bad directors than good directors, and you learn by the bad ones because you find out how they destroy other peoples' fantasy life.
-- On directors

If possible, I admired the woman more than the actress.
-- Director Ingmar Bergman on Liv Ullmann


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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