World Famous Actress Caught Canoodling With Visionary Director Again
By Alex Cranz
They met when they were just starting out. She was a young starlet and through him she apparently found the emotional stability necessary to weather the Hollywood machine, and, more importantly, it’s vicious tabloid subsidiary.
They were in love!
Photos of them looking longingly into each other’s eyes are applenty. Just browse their names in Google Image search.
They would talk about each other in the tabloids. She’d glowing discuss her affection.
But then it all turned sour. A director, known for his passion for both film and stunning cinematic visuals, turned her head. She fell in love with another.
And then a member of Congress condemned her.
“…a free love cultist…”
“…a common mistress, a powerful influence of evil…”
“…Hollywood’s apostle of degradation…”
Okay so by now you may have realized I am not talking about Kristen Stewart. Mainly because I don’t think anyone ever will be able to bust out “free love cultist” as an insult with a straight face again.
Instead those words are all from a speech Edwin C. Johnson made on the Senate floor in 1950. He was railing against Ingrid Bergman, who’d left her dentist husband of thirteen years after having an affair with the married Roberto Rossellini. She was heavily pregnant at the time of Johnson’s condemnation with her second child (and first with Rossellini) and in the midst of trying to market her film with Rossellini, Stromboli.
Stromboli, ironically enough, is about a woman struggling with the harsh judgment and criticisms of a very socially conservative town. Inadvertently she and Rossellini had already crafted their giant middle finger to the hanky worrying media machines of America.
The venom Congress, and the people of the United States, unloaded on Bergman was so extreme that she gave up a career in the US and moved to Europe for six years.
And here were are sixty two years later talking about Kristen Stewart’s love life and demanding, as a culture, that she be verbally condemned and publicly humiliated in a “scandal” that so closely mirrors Bergman’s you could probably pull quotes from either and use them interchangeably.
That a woman has to issue a public apology to the people of this country because we’re so invested in her private love life is kind of revolting.