Viveca Lindfors was born Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors in Uppsala, Sweden on December 20, 1920. She was a theater and film star in Sweden, having trained at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School in Stockholm.
In 1946 she signed with Warner Brothers and moved to the United States to begin working in Hollywood, where it was hoped that she would become the next Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman. She appeared in over a hundred films and was seen frequently on TV in a career spanning 50 years, including Adventures of Don Juan (1948), King of Kings (1961), Tempest (1961), The way We Were (1973), The Excorcist II (1990), Stargate (1994), and Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995).
Toward the end of her life, she taught acting at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her last two films were Stargate, a sci-fi tale, and Last Summer in the Hamptons, in which she had a lead role essentially playing herself.