Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman’s career-ruining wasn’t too outrageous, but the consequences were pretty bad. The star of Casablanca and Gaslight appeared to be a typical woman of the time, married and happy to serve her husband. In reality, she was a free spirit who wanted to screw around like all her male costars. Though she was married to Peter Lindstrom, Bergman began an affair with her director on Stromboli, Roberto Rossellini. Bergman loved Rossellini, and when she got pregnant with his child, she left Lindstrom and her first kid to go off with the Italian director. For a woman to publicly admit an affair, leave her husband, and have the bastard child was an insane scandal.

Though a woman having an affair and getting a divorce seems pretty tame compared to the exploits of Tila Tequila, America was freaked out. The fervor went all the way to Washington when Senator Edwin C. Johnson proposed a bill that would require movies to be approved not just based on the moral content of the film itself but the moral character of the people involved in filmmaking.

Johnson claimed that Bergman “had perpetrated an assault upon the institution of marriage” and was “a powerful influence for evil,” and he even tried to ban her from all future American films. Bergman stayed out of the country for eight years, and though she continued to make films, her star status was permanently damaged by an affair of the heart.