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Bergman, Sandahl Biography




biography of Bergman, Sandahl

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14 November 1951, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
5' 10"
Stunning & statuesque blonde dancer and actress who first set male hearts racing as the key dancer in the sexually charged "Airotica" dance sequence in _All That Jazz (1979)_ (qv). Bergman appeared then in _Xanadu (1980)_ (qv), before landing the role for which she is best remembered, as the never say die female warrior/thief "Valeria" in the Hyborean Age action of _Conan the Barbarian (1982)_ (qv). The nimble Bergman was a superb Valeria and her athletic figure and dancer's grace made her a lethal force against the multitude of sword wielding villains trying to stop her and 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv). Her two other most notable performances were firstly as the evil Queen Gedren in another adaption of a 'Robert E. Howard' (qv) mythological story, _Red Sonja (1985)_ (qv), with Bergman battling another tall blonde, 'Brigitte Nielsen' (qv)! And secondly, buddying up with ex-wrestler 'Roddy Piper' (qv) in the weird sci-fi satire _Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)_ (qv), in which once again Bergman puts her fighting skills to good use and she clobbers a lot of frog creatures! Bergman has appeared in about thirty films; however she's definitely at her best when demonstrating her athletic prowess!
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-   'Josh Taylor (I)' (qv) (? - ?) (divorced); 1 child


-   Nearly lost a finger while filming a fight scene in _Conan the Barbarian (1982)_ (qv).

-   She was an instructor for the FIRM series of exercise workout videos in the 1980s.

-   Was originally offered the leading role in _Red Sonja (1985)_ (qv) but asked to play the villain instead.

-   Did all her own stunts in _Conan the Barbarian (1982)_ (qv) because no stunt women could be found who matched her size.

-   She was the first actress 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) ever did a love scene with. He was also the first actor she ever did a love scene with.

-   Friend of actress 'Anik Dufour' (qv).

-   Graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas in 1969.


-   Stage credits include 'A Chorus Line' on Broadway and national tours of 'Dancin'' and 'Chicago'.

-   (May 5-20, 2006) Co-choreographing a production of "Chicago" with 'Gerry McIntyre' (qv) for Hamilton Academy of Music in Los Angeles.

-   Performed on stage in the musical 'You Gotta Have Friends 3' at the Hamilton Music Academy in Los Angeles (February 2003).

-   (1997-1998) Performed in 'Bob Fosse' (qv)'s "Chicago", on stage in the supporting cast. Other duties included Dance Captain. Performed at various locations, including Los Angeles, California and Tampa, Florida.

-   Presented her own fitness video in 1983 entitled 'Sandahl Bergman's Body'.

-   Appearing on stage in 'Blame it on Bacharach', a S.T.A.G.E. production in Beverly Hills, California (March 8-9, 2008)

-   Pippin (1972). Musical comedy. Book by Roger O. Hirson [Uncredited]. Book by Bob Fosse. Music by 'Stephen Schwartz (I)' (qv). Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Musical Director: 'Stanley Lebowsky' (qv). Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns. Dance arrangements by John Berkman. Choreographed by 'Bob Fosse' (qv). Directed by Bob Fosse. Imperial Theatre (moved to The Minskoff Theatre from 15 Mar 1977- close): 23 Oct 1972- 12 Jun 1977 (1944 performances + 5 previews that began on 18 Oct 1972). Cast: Eric Berry (as "Charles"), 'Jill Clayburgh' (qv) (as "Catherine"), 'Leland Palmer' (qv) (as "Fastrada"), 'John Rubinstein' (qv) (as "Pippin"), 'Irene Ryan (I)' (qv) (as "Berthe") [died on 26 Apr 1973; initially replaced by Lucie Lancaster], 'Ben Vereen' (qv) (as "Leading Player"), Roger A. Bigelow (as "Dance Alternate"), Candy Brown (as "Player"), 'Christopher Chadman' (qv) (as "Lewis"), Cheryl Clark (as "Dance Alternate"), Kathryn Doby (as "Player"), 'Gene Foote' (qv) (as "Noble"), Roger Hamilton (as "The Head/Field Marshall"), Richard Korthaze (as "Beggar"), John Mineo (as "Musician"), Jennifer Nairn-Smith (as "Player"), Shane Nickerson (as "Theo"), 'Ann Reinking' (qv) (as "Player"), Paul Solen (as "Peasant"), Pamela Sousa (as "Player"). Standbys: Northern J. Calloway (as "Leading Player"), Lucie Lancaster (as "Berthe"), Will McMillan (as "Theo"), 'Walter Willison' (qv) (as "Pippin"). Understudies: Candy Brown (as "Fastrada"), Gene Foote (as "Leading Player"), Roger Hamilton (as "Charles"), 'Ann Reinking' (qv) (as "Catherine"). Replacement actors included: 'Sandahl Bergman' (qv) (as "Player") [unknown dates], 'Betty Buckley (I)' (qv) (as "Catherine") [from 11 Jun 1973- ?], 'Antonia Ellis (I)' (qv) (as "Fastrada") [from 5 Jan 1976- ?], 'Lucie Lancaster' (qv) (as "Berthe") [from Apr 1973- ?], 'Dorothy Stickney' (qv) (as "Berthe") [from 11 Jun 1973- ?]. Produced by Stuart Ostrow. Note: Ms. Ryan was nominated (posthumously) for Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical).

-   A Chorus Line (1975). Musical/drama. Book by 'James Kirkwood Jr.' (qv) and 'Nicholas Dante' (qv). Music by 'Marvin Hamlisch' (qv). Lyrics by 'Ed Kleban' (qv) [earliest Broadway credit]. Music orchestrated by 'Billy Byers' (qv) [credited as Bill Byers], 'Hershy Kay' (qv) and 'Jonathan Tunick' (qv). Musical Director: Don Pippin. Vocal arrangements by 'Don Pippin' (qv). Conceived by 'Michael Bennett (XI)' (qv). Choreographed by Michael Bennett. Co- Choreographer: 'Bob Avian' (qv). Scenic Design by Robin Wagner. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Lighting Design by Tharon Musser. Sound Design by Abe Jacob. Associate to Miss Aldredge: Bill Kellard. Personal Asst. to Miss Aldredge: Paul Martino. Assistant to Miss Musser: Richard Winkler. Assistant to Mr. Jacob: David Congdon. Directed by 'Michael Bennett (XI)' (qv). Shubert Theatre: 25 Jul 1975- 28 Apr 1990 (6137 performances). Cast: Scott Allen (as "Roy") [Broadway Debut], Renee Baughman (as "Kristine"), Carole Bishop [changed name to 'Kelly Bishop (I)' (qv) during run] (as "Sheila"), Pamela Blair (as "Val"), 'Wayne Cilento' (qv) (as "Mike"), Chuck Cissel (as "Butch"), 'Clive Clerk' (qv) (as "Larry") [Broadway debut], 'Kay Cole (I)' (qv) (as "Maggie"), Ronald Dennis (as "Richie"), Donna Drake (as "Tricia") [Broadway debut], Brandt Edwards (as "Tom") [Broadway debut], 'Trish Garland' (qv) [credited as Patricia Garland] (as "Judy"), Carolyn Kirsch (as "Lois"), 'Ron Kuhlman' (qv) (as "Don"), 'Nancy Lane (I)' (qv) (as "Bebe") [Broadway debut], 'Baayork Lee' (qv) (as "Connie"), Priscilla Lopez (as "Diana"), 'Robert LuPone' (qv) (as "Zach"), Cameron Mason (as "Mark"), Donna McKechnie (as "Cassie"), Don Percassi (as "Al"), Michael Serrecchia (as "Frank"), Michel Stuart (as "Greg"), Thomas J. Walsh (as "Bobby"), Sammy Williams (as "Paul"), Crissy Wilzak (as "Vicki"). Understudies [note: during the show's record 15-year run literally 100's) of replacement actors and understudies were utilized] included: 'Bebe Neuwirth' (qv) (as "Cassie"), 'Jack Noseworthy' (qv) (as "Mark"), 'Julie Pars' (qv) (as "Judy/Kristine/Val") 'Ann Reinking' (qv) (as "Cassie") [from Apr 1976- ?]. Produced by 'Joseph Papp' (qv). Produced in association with Plum Productions Inc. Associate Producer: Bernard Gersten.


-   [Talking about the shoot of _Conan the Barbarian (1982)_ (qv)]: "It was tough. I nearly lost a finger. Arnold ['Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)] smashed his head against a rock. But that was nothing compared to what the stunt men went through".


-   "San Diego Union-Tribune" (USA), 8 September 1998, by: Welton Jones, "At 46, what's a dancer to do? Dance!"

-   "Video World" (UK), November 1988, pg. 12-14, by: Allan Bryce, "Bergman and Chips to go..."

-   "Prevue" (USA), August 1982, Iss. 49, "Sandahl Bergman-Sensational sexy warrior woman of Conan."

-   "Cinema Odyssey" (USA), 1982


-   "Life" (USA), October 1982, "Sandahl Bergman works out with her 'Conan' co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger"

-   "Starlog" (USA), August 1982, Iss. 61


-   "Celebrity Adult Spy" (UK), 17 September 2004, Vol. 2, Iss. 22, pg. 42-43, "Arnie's Babe Brings Out The Barbarian In Us!"

-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1989, Vol. 3, Iss. 2, pg. 66-67, by: staff, "Conan The Barbarian - Valeria"

-   "Playboy's Entertaining Women" (USA), 1985, "Jazz Dancers"

-   "Playboy" (USA), December 1982, Vol. 29, Iss. 12, pg. 211, by: Jim Harwood, "Sex Stars Of 1982"

-   "Playboy" (USA), November 1982, Vol. 29, Iss. 11, pg. 171, by: Arthur Knight, "Sex In Cinema 1982"

-   "Sports Illustrated" (USA), April 1982

-   "Playboy" (USA), December 1981, Vol. 28, Iss. 12, pg. 239, by: Jim Harwood, "Sex Stars Of 1981"

-   "Esquire" (USA), May 1980, Vol. 93, Iss. 5, by: John Carey, "In Praise of Women's Muscles"

-   "Playboy" (USA), March 1980, Vol. 27, Iss. 3, pg. 174-177, by: Bruce Williamson, "All That Fosse"


-   "Life" (USA), October 1982

-   "Prevue" (USA), August 1982

-   "Sports Illustrated" (USA), April 1982

-   "Esquire" (USA), May 1980, Vol. 93, Iss. 5

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