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LIFE.com: Cheating Scandals of the Stars

The Affair That Almost Killed Ingrid Bergman's Career

In one of the biggest scandals of Hollywood's Golden Age, Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman, married at the time to a dentist, began an affair with and got pregnant by director Roberto Rossellini while making Stromboli in 1949 (their son Renato was born in February 1950). Fleeing the fallout back in the U.S. — she was blackballed by Ed Sullivan and even denounced on the floor of the Senate — Bergman left her husband and their young daughter Pia to be with Rossellini in Italy, where they married in May 1950 and later welcomed twin girls. Her heroic characters, Bergman later said, made audiences put unsurmountable expectations on her: "People saw me in Joan of Arc and declared me a saint. I'm not. I'm just a woman, another human being." (Gordon Parks/Time and Life Pictures/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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