A Woman Called Golda
|A Woman Called Golda|
Ingrid Bergman in A Woman Called Golda
|Written by||Harold Gast|
|Directed by||Alan Gibson|
|Theme music composer||Michel Legrand|
|Executive producer(s)||Harve Bennett|
Marilyn Hall (associate producer)
|Editor(s)||Robert F. Shugrue|
|Running time||240 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Harve Bennett Productions|
Paramount Domestic Television
|Distributor||Paramount Domestic Television|
|Original release||April 26, 1982|
The film was directed by Alan Gibson and starred Ingrid Bergman in her final television role. It also featured Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis, Anne Jackson, Robert Loggia, Leonard Nimoy and Jack Thompson.
In 1977, Golda Meir returns to her old school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she tells the students her life story. She recounts her early years in Russia, and how her family emigrated to America to avoid the persecution of Jews throughout Europe. As a young woman, Golda dreams of fighting for a country for all Jews of the world. She marries Morris Meyerson, and they eventually move to Palestine to work in a kibbutz, although they soon end up leaving, much to Golda's disappointment. They move to Jerusalem and have two children, but Golda's tremendous ambition soon drives her and Morris apart, although they remain married until his death in 1951.
- Ingrid Bergman - Golda Meir
- Ned Beatty - Senator Durward
- Franklin Cover - Hubert Humphrey
- Judy Davis - Young Golda
- Anne Jackson - Lou Kaddar
- Robert Loggia - Anwar Sadat
- Leonard Nimoy - Morris Meyerson
- Jack Thompson - Ariel
- Anthony Bate - Sir Stuart Ross
- Ron Berglas - Stampler
- Bruce Boa - Mr. Macy
- David de Keyser - David Ben-Gurion
- Barry Foster - Major Orde Wingate
- Nigel Hawthorne - King Abdullah
- Yossi Graber - Moshe Dayan
- David Joseph Vincent - Choir Boy
The film received seven Emmy nominations and won three awards, including the Outstanding Drama Special and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Ingrid Bergman, which was awarded posthumously (the award was accepted by Bergman's daughter Pia Lindström). The film was also nominated for two Golden Globes and won the award for Best Performance by an Actress for Bergman, again awarded posthumously.
- Unger, Arthur (April 22, 1982). "Ingrid Bergman as Golda Meir: an indelible portrait". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- Smith, Julia Llewelyn (August 25, 2015). "Isabella Rossellini on Ingrid Bergman's painful final days". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- Stanley, John (May 3, 2009). "DVD: 'A Woman Called Golda'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
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