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A Woman Called Golda

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A Woman Called Golda

A Woman Called Golda
Ingrid Bergman in A Woman Called Golda
Directed by Alan Gibson
Produced by Harve Bennett,
Gene Corman,
Lynn Guthrie,
Marilyn Hall
Written by Harold Gast,
Steve Gethers
Starring Ingrid Bergman,
Ned Beatty,
Judy Davis,
Robert Loggia,
Leonard Nimoy
Music by Michel Legrand
Distributed by Operation Prime Time
Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
Release dates
April 26, 1982
Running time
200 minutes
Language English

A Woman Called Golda is a 1982 American made-for-television film biopic of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.

Made by Paramount Television and directed by Alan Gibson, the film stars Ingrid Bergman in the title role. It also features Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis, Anne Jackson, Robert Loggia, Leonard Nimoy, Jack Thompson, Bruce Boa, Anthony Bate, David de Keyser, Barry Foster and Nigel Hawthorne.

This TV film was the last work of Ingrid Bergman's career. She died four months after its American telecast.


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.

Golda is elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, resigning after the Yom Kippur War in 1974. (She died in Jerusalem on December 8, 1978, at the age of 80.)


The film received seven Emmy nominations and won three awards, including the Outstanding Drama Special and Outstanding Lead Actress for Ingrid Bergman. The film was also nominated for two Golden Globes and won the award for Best Performance by an Actress for Ingrid Bergman.

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