Celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s Centennial

Today marks the centennial of Ingrid Bergman‘s birth.

Back in our college days, we attended a campus screening of Casablanca that was held in one of the larger lecture halls on campus. We’d seen that classic picture two or three times already by then—via broadcast television and on videotape.

But, as always, it’s an entirely different experience to see a movie on a large(ish) screen and with an appreciative audience.

But the thing we’ll always recall about our first projected viewing of Casablanca, easily one of our favorite pictures (perhaps our very favorite), was the audible gasp that was heard throughout the house when Ms. Bergman was first seen in close-up onscreen. We’re not sure a more beautiful presence has ever been seen on the silver screen than Ms. Bergman as she appeared in that classic picture.

Today marks her 100th birthday, and for movie buffs, it’s truly cause to celebrate. Ilsa Lund might be our favorite among her roles, but she gave us so many memorable performances in a legendary career.

Happy birthday, Ms. Bergman, wherever you may be.

Ingrid Bergman quote

The Oscars, 1945 Style

We enjoy the occasional award show, but Oscar night is our favorite because of the history and tradition associated with it. The Academy Awards debuted way back in 1927; 2015 marks the 87th presentation of these storied statuettes.

As we post this, the chances are pretty good that you are prepping your home prior to the arrival of guests for your Oscar party or perhaps making a batch of guacamole (hopefully, you’re using Boris Karloff’s recipe) to take to a friend’s Academy Awards gathering. If so, we’ve got the perfect hour’s worth of listening to accompany those chores.

Oscar winners Barry Fitzgerald, Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby

The 17th Academy Awards ceremony, held on March 15, 1945, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, was the first to be broadcast nationally on the radio (on the Blue Network, the precursor to ABC) and also the first to feature clips from the various nominated pictures. And what pictures they were! Double Indemnity, Going My Way, Lifeboat, Gaslight and The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek are just a few of the classic pictures that were nominated for the top awards that year.

Host Bob Hope was in top form that night, and the proceedings came off in a mere 66 minutes. And you, dear reader, can experience that magical evening anew by clicking the link below.

The 17th Academy Awards ceremony; Bob Hope, host (1:06:29)