A Woman Called Golda

A Woman Called Golda is a 1982 American made-for-television film biopic of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir directed by Alan Gibson and starring Ingrid Bergman. It also features Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis, Anne Jackson, Robert Loggia, Leonard Nimoy and Jack Thompson.

A Woman Called Golda
Ingrid Bergman in A Woman Called Golda
Written byHarold Gast
Steve Gethers
Directed byAlan Gibson
StarringIngrid Bergman
Ned Beatty
Judy Davis
Robert Loggia
Leonard Nimoy
Theme music composerMichel Legrand
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Harve Bennett
Producer(s)Gene Corman
Lynn Guthrie
Marilyn Hall (associate producer)
CinematographyAdam Greenberg
Editor(s)Robert F. Shugrue
Running time240 minutes
Production company(s)Harve Bennett Productions
Paramount Domestic Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television
Original releaseApril 26, 1982

A Woman Called Golda was produced by Paramount Domestic Television for syndication and was distributed by Operation Prime Time.[1] The film premiered on April 26, 1982.


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 in a Miniseries or Movie for Ingrid Bergman, which was awarded posthumously (the award was accepted by Bergman's daughter Pia Lindström).[2] The film was also nominated for two Golden Globes and won the award for Best Performance by an Actress for Bergman, again awarded posthumously.[3]


  1. Unger, Arthur (April 22, 1982). "Ingrid Bergman as Golda Meir: an indelible portrait". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  2. Smith, Julia Llewelyn (August 25, 2015). "Isabella Rossellini on Ingrid Bergman's painful final days". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  3. Stanley, John (May 3, 2009). "DVD: 'A Woman Called Golda'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
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