At the age of 17, Bergman was allowed only one chance to become an actress by entering an acting competition with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. She received a scholarship to the state-sponsored school, where Greta Garbo had years earlier also earned a similar scholarship. Bergman's first acting role in America came when Hollywood producer David O. Selznick brought her to America to star in 'Intermezzo: A Love Story', an English language remake of her 1936 Swedish film, 'Intermezzo'. She brought to the screen a "Nordic freshness and vitality", along with exceptional beauty and intelligence. She quickly became "the ideal of American womanhood" and one of Hollywood's greatest leading actresses.