Blue Velvet star Isabelle Rossellini took time to reflect on Instagram to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her mother Ingrid Bergman. “Mama #ingridbergman was born today August 29th, 1915, and died the same day in 1982. I miss and think of her every day,” Rossellini said in her Instagram caption.
“If I could say anything to Mama, I would say, ‘Thank you.’ I think of her every day,” Rossellini, 70, said to People. “When people pass, the relationship with the person remains at the moment when they passed. But they often don’t evolve. But for me — ‘as time goes by,’ to quote Casablanca, I find myself understanding Mama even more. The admiration for my mom has augmented.”
“Not admiration as an actress,” Rossellini explained. “That was always there, but just as a human being. I understood how hard she fought.”
This is not the first time Rossellini’s admiration for her mother has been known. Back in 2015, Rossellini spoke with People where she talked about the impact of her mother’s legacy. “She was one of the first women thought to have a full career, and she paid a very heavy price for it,”
Something that Rossellini might have been alluding to in that statement could be how her mother was treated following the attack on her character by Senator Edwin C. Johnson on the US Senate floor. Senator Johnson referred to Bergman as “one of the most powerful women on earth—I regret to say a powerful influence for evil.”
Rossellini admired her mother’s strength and persistence through it all. “I always loved my mom. I was never critical of her. She was always very independent and strong,” Rossellini says. “And I think it probably came from the fact that she was an orphan. Her mother died when she was 2 and her father died when she was 14. So she really had to fend for herself. She was born in Sweden, and then when Garbo was retiring they recruited her to come to Hollywood.”