Who is Sandahl Bergman?
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Sandahl Bergman was born on 14 November 1951, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She is an actress, best known for her work in the film “Conan the Barbarian”, her performance winning her a Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She was active in the entertainment industry from the 1970s up to the early-2000s.
The Wealth of Sandahl Bergman
Sandahl Bergman’s net worth is estimated as high as $4 million, thanks largely to her acting projects which spanned three decades.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Sandahl grew up in Kansas and showed an interest in acting at a young age. She attended Shawnee Mission East High School, which served suburban Kansas City. During her time there, she actively participated in performing arts programs, as the school is known for their extracurricular activities students can participate in. After matriculating from high school, she spent a few more years in Kansas before moving to New York City to try and establish a career in entertainment. This led her to find work on Broadway, appearing in support roles in several performances.
Eventually, she caught the eye of choreographer Bob Fosse, who invited her to work on the production of “Pippin” as a replacement dancer. The show is based on characters from the Middle Ages, and tells the story of the titular character, who is a prince searching for significance and meaning. Following her work there, she was cast in a secondary lead role in the stage version of “Gigi”. It is based on the novella of the same name, telling the story of a teenage girl living in Paris during the 20th century. She also had a role in the musical “Mack & Mabel”.
Continued Stage Work and Transition to Film
In 1977, Bergman became one of the cast members of the production of “A Chorus Line” playing the character Judy. The musical focuses on Broadway dancers auditioning for a chance at a spot on a chorus line. The following year, she worked with Fosse once more on the musical “Dancin’”, which is a tribute to dance as an art form, and featured numerous dance styles and song genres. During the same year, she appeared in her first on-screen role in the television movie “Pick Up Girls”.
The opportunity opened more doors for her, and she was then cast in the film “All that Jazz”, another project by Fosse. The musical is a semi-autobiographical piece about the choreographer, and won the top award at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. Her next film project was “Xanadu” in which she appears as one of nine immortal Muses, making an appearance during the opening, and in the final number of the film.
Following her work there, she was evicted from her New York apartment, due to subletting her apartment when she was away, leading to a conflict with the landlord. This lead her to move to California where she would find more film projects.
Conan the Barbarian and Latter Career
In 1982, Sandahl was cast in her most notable role in the film “Conan the Barbarian”, playing the character Valeria alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Conan”. The film is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, written during the 1930s, and is set in a world of barbarians, savages, and dark magic.
The titular character is on a quest seeking vengeance for the death of his parents. The film became a commercial success despite mixed reviews, and elevated Schwarzenegger to international star status. Due to the lack of stuntwomen that matched her body type, Sandahl had to do all her stunts, and nearly lost a finger in the process.
Three years later, she was offered the title role for the film “Red Sonja”, which is another sword and sorcery film akin to “Conan the Barbarian”.
However, she rejected the role, opting instead to become the villain.
After working on “Red Sonja”, she mainly did low budget films, including “Hell Comes to Frogtown”, “Hart to Hart” and “Possessed by the Night”. Her last project was in 2003, when she appeared as a dancer in the film “The Singing Detective”, which was based on the BBC show of the same name, and starred Robert Downey Jr.
It is known that Bergman married Josh Taylor and the two had a child together but eventually divorced. Since then, she has not remarried and has kept romances and relationships away from the media. There were rumors during the peak of popularity of “Conan the Barbarian” that she was romantically involved with Schwarzenegger, but it was later denied – this was because of the love scene in the film, the duo’s first love scene in front of a camera.