Just an Ordinary, Extraordinary Woman

Liv: the name rhymes with believe, achieve—or grieve. Also Eve. In Norwegian it means "life." It fits the face—the glints of crystalline fjords and upland meadows in the eyes and hair, the shadowy secrets around the wide, sensual mouth. It carries the aura of innocence, of candor, of mischief.

THE role was one of the choicest movie plums in years: Catherine, the beguiling Shangri-La schoolmistress in the musical remake of Lost Horizon. The actress had to combine a peasant beauty with innate grace, be sweet yet sexy, and convey enough emotional depth to...