Käbi Laretei, the international concert pianist who married the Swedish film director and strongly influenced his middle period, has died at the age of 92.
A 1940 refugee from Soviet-invaded Estonia, Laretei was Bergman’s fourth wife in 1959. She played on several of his films, most tellingly in Autumn Sonata, and made a cameo appearance in Fanny and Alexander. Their son, Daniel, became a film director.
Käbi had a varied concert career, meeting Stravinsky and Hindemith, and specialising in solo recitals. Before her involvement with Bergman, she was married (1950-59) to the Swedish conductor, Gunnar Staern, with whom she had a daughter, Linda.