Isabella Rossellini Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Rome, Lazio, Italy
Birth NameIsabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Isabella Rossellini, the Italian actress and model who has made her home in America since 1979 and holds dual Italian and American citizenship, was born cinema royalty when she made her debut on June 18, 1952 in Rome. She is the daughter of two legends, three-time Oscar-winning Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman and neo-realist master Italian director Roberto Rossellini. She was also the third wife of Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese from 1979 to 1982 and the partner of legendary director David Lynch.

She made her movie debut in Vincente Minnelli's A Matter of Time (1976), which starred her mother. She then made a couple of Italian pictures and worked as an American correspondent for Italian television network RAI before appearing in Taylor Hackford's Cold War drama White Nights (1985) in 1985. She followed that up with her most memorable role, as the abused chanteuse in Lynch's masterpiece Blue Velvet (1986), she earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She then went on to win a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance as Lisle, the mysterious socialite, forever in her youth in Death Becomes Her (1992). In 1997, she was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for a guest appearance on Chicago Hope (1994).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Family (2)

Spouse Jon Wiedemann (1983 - 1986)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Martin Scorsese (29 September 1979 - 1 November 1982)  (divorced)
Parents Roberto Rossellini
Ingrid Bergman

Trivia (41)

In the Tales from the Crypt (1989) episode, Tales from the Crypt: You, Murderer (1995), she spoofs her mother's Casablanca (1942) image.
Born at 6:07pm-CET.
Twin sister of Isotta Rossellini, a professor of literature who has taught at Columbia, NYU, Princeton and Harvard universities.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1990 and 1991.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#84) in 1995.
Maintains a home in the village of Bellport, Long Island, New York.
In 1991 she was scheduled to play Emilia Gould in David Lean's adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel, Nostromo. Lean's death in April 1991 brought the production to an end.
She suffered from scoliosis (progressive curvature of the spine) and underwent surgery to correct it. She was in a body cast for a year.
Virtually identical to her mother, Ingrid Bergman, but surprisingly had few opportunities to portray her mother in a biographical film. One occasion was an eerily accurate spoof of Ilsa Lund in an episode of Tales from the Crypt (1989). More recently, in the movie My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2005) for which she wrote the script, she did a moving portrayal of her mother.
Mother of Elettra Wiedemann (born July 26, 1983) from her marriage to Jon Wiedemann. She also has an adopted son, Roberto Rossellini (born 1993).
Published an autobiography called "Some of me".
Fluent in Italian, French and English.
Former model, most notably for Lancome, and former journalist for Italian television.
Half sister of Pia Lindström. Half sister of Renzo Rossellini. Sister of Roberto Ingmar Rossellini and twin sister of Isotta Rossellini.
She is 34 minutes older than twin sister Isotta.
Her father was Italian, born in Rome, from a family originally from Tuscany and Veneto. Her mother, who was Swedish, was born in Stockholm, to a Swedish father and a German mother.
Is the daughter of legends Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman.
Was engaged to director David Lynch from 1986 to 1990.
Her favorite Hollywood-film that her mother made is Notorious (1946). Her favorite films of her father, made without her mother, are The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966) and The Flowers of St. Francis (1950).
Appeared in photographs for Madonna's coffee table book "Sex".
Her daughter Elettra Wiedemann was also at one point a Lancome Cosmetics spokes model, the company that Isabella also represented for many years.
In 1983, Time magazine reported Rossellini's modeling salary of a then $9,000 a day.
Is an avid dog lover and helps train puppies for the blind.
Is a huge fan of Buster Keaton and Charles Chaplin.
President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.
Says her feminine style has been influenced by Georgia O'Keeffe and Jacqueline Kennedy (aka Jackie Kennedy Onassis).
Discovered by photographer friend Bruce Weber who kick-started her modeling career.
Starring on Broadway in The Stendahl Syndrome. [February 2004]
Will narrate Guy Maddin's silent film "Brand Upon the Brain" as part of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall. [January 2008]
Winnipeg, Canada - filming Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World (2003). [March 2003]
Just finished another series of Green Porno short films for the Sundance Channel. [January 2009]
Her surname was originally Rosellini.
Brother, Roberto Rossellini, was engaged to Princess Caroline of Monaco in the 1980s.
Dated Gary Oldman in the 1990s. He postponed their planned wedding in order to go to rehab for substance abuse. After meeting another woman in rehab, he called their engagement off.
Has worked to preserve the films of her parents through both archival work and biographical pieces.
Considers her time with ex-boyfriend David Lynch as her "most significant relationship".
Isabella weighed 6 lbs 15 oz at birth according to the birth announcement published in the June 30th 1952 Milestones column of Time Magazine.
President of the 'Un Certain Regard' jury at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival in 2015.
Born on the same day as actress Carol Kane.
Rossellini earned an MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation from Hunter College in New York in May of 2019.

Personal Quotes (8)

If you go to a therapist, they say, 'Are you sure? How do you feel about your wrinkles?' And I say, 'I don't know, because I don't really see them.' I see my hands, but I don't see my face, so it's not a torment. I only see it for five minutes in the morning when I brush my teeth! When you read women's magazines you always read about this drama of getting old, about anti-aging cream and plastic surgery and whatever else. But I think if you're independent, like I have grown to be, it's welcome.
When I was hot as a model, I always knew my entire schedule for the next eight months in advance, every moment was planned and filled. And this lasted for 10 years!
There is no question for me about the Electra complex. You know, exaggerated love of the father - I have it, or some version. I loved my mother, but I was my dad's girl.
There's nothing wrong with modeling, except that it doesn't last. I had the stereotype most people have, that it's stupid, but it wasn't stupid at all. I loved spending a day with Richard Avedon. People who are so artistic, so intelligent -- you are interpreting what they are trying to express. You have taken a trip into this brain, you are a tourist in this fantastically interesting brain. People always say to me that I do such strange films, but it's not that I'm looking for something so different necessarily, it's simply that I meet a person who strikes me as intelligent and interesting and I want to take a trip into their brain.
I like to see a film where I don't need to look at the titles to know who did it, where one image is enough to say this is David Lynch, this is Alfred Hitchcock, this is Spike Lee.
[on the Internet] The web is a double-edged sword. It has a huge potential for distributing content, creating contacts. There are a lot of advantages. The problem is that money is spent on technologies, not on content.
[on her one-woman show] I came up with the idea of 'Green Porno'', and the funny name came about because they had all these shows called 'Green Homes', 'Green Transportation' - all about environmental ways to live. So I said, as a joke, "Well, we don't have Green Porno", and the name stuck for better or for worse. It was very catchy, but we thought we could never find a sponsor. Some people are intimidated by it and they don't come. We tried to change it but it was too late. It was too catchy. Everything I do now is called 'Green Porno'.
Often people who are against homosexuality attribute it to upbringing or culture and say that in nature it doesn't exist. But it does exist in nature and we don't really know why it exists. But maybe it's simply that we have attributed the act of sex just for reproduction, but that it also has other goals - social goals, hierarchy, bonding, family - like it is for us, really. None of us only mate or make love to reproduce.

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