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19 iconic photos of life at sea

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Ingrid Bergman

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From the yachting clique of Hollywood's golden era to modern sailing icons, click through to see the stories behind some of the most iconic and glamorous images ever taken of life at sea...

Ingrid Bergman

Seen here drinking in the Italian sunshine on board a yacht in Capri with her eldest daughter Pia Lindström, few would guess that Ingrid Bergman had just suffered the biggest fall from grace of her career. This picture was taken in the early 1950s, not long after the start of Bergman’s marriage to director Roberto Rossellini. Their affair had scandalised Hollywood and son Robin was born out of wedlock. The ensuing public furore forced Bergman to leave Hollywood and set up home in Italy with her saintly image in tatters.

After all, it was Bergman’s angelic looks and the wholesome parts offered to her by David Selznick that won her a legion of fans, starring roles in classics including Casablanca and Gaslight – and her first husband, Petter Lindström. In fact, so taken with Bergman’s intense good looks was Lindström that he had Ferrari develop a new colour to match the pale grey of her eyes. Of course, it wasn’t long before the yachting

world caught on and Grigio Ingrid has adorned a number of hulls over the years – including on the Foster + Partners-designed 30 metre WallyDark Shadow.

Like her marriage to Rossellini, which ended in 1957, Bergman’s exile did not last long and she went on to add two more Oscars to her already laden trophy cabinet. Her time in Italy did, however, allow her to discover the joy of life at sea and she was often a guest on board Humphrey Bogart’s yacht Santana. Perhaps it was during a moment of peaceful on-deck reflection that she coined one of her most famous phrases: “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

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