(…) Although working with Hitch[cock] could be frustrating for an actor, Peck found Bergman a joy. “I think you could fall in love a little bit with a woman like Ingrid Bergman,” he told journalist Gregory Speck, “and I don’t think there’s any way to avoid it, for she was incredibly beautiful, and a very sweet person….Her lovely skin kind of took your breath away, and her whole radiance was something to behold”
Peck didn’t talk that way in public about many women. In fact, over the years, there have been persistent rumors of an affair between the costars. In his biography of Bergman, Laurence Leamer quoted an unnamed colleague who recalled a day during filming in which “Ingrid and Peck came in late, all disheveled.” Their arrival, in the costar’s own words, gave rise to “a lot of speculation” about the twosome in the company. In an interview for his book, Leamer questioned Peck about the rumors, but the star replied, “That is not the kind of thing I talk about.” However, in 1987 when Brad Darrach of People magazine asked Greg about his favourite leading ladies, he did allude to a deeper relationship with Bergman, noting, “All I can say is that I had a real love for her, and I think that’s where I ought to stop…. I was young. She was young. We were involved for weeks in close and intense work.” Darrach added, “Ever gallant, he declines to confide more intimate matters”—implying, of course, that there were more intimate matters to confide.