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Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. At the age of nineteen, she moved to New York where she became a translator and later a reporter for RAI-Italian Television. Her popular segments led to appearances as the New York correspondent for the weekly Italian comedy show "The Other Sunday" with Roberto Benigni.

At 28 years old, Rossellini was discovered by Bruce Weber and photographed for British Vogue. A modeling career followed, during which Rossellini worked with the industry's most distinguished photographers, including Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh. She appeared on the cover of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Bazaar and Vanity Fair and in 1988, an exhibition of her photographs, titled "Portrait of a Woman," was held at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

Rossellini made her cinematic debut in 1979 in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's "Il Prato" ("The Meadow"). Her American film debut was opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines in Taylor Hackford's "White Nights." In 1986, she starred opposite Dennis Hopper as Dorothy Vallens, the tortured lounge singer, in David Lynch's haunting and controversial "Blue Velvet," which earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

Other film credits include "Enemy," French director Julie Gavras' romantic comedy, "Late Bloomers," opposite William Hurt, Doug McGrath's "Infamous," "Two Lovers," "Left Luggage," earning her a special mention in excellence from The Berlin Film Festival, "The Architect," "Death Becomes Her," "Big Night," "Roger Dodger," "Wild at Heart," Luis Llosa's screen adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa's novel "The Feast of the Goat" and Griffin Dunne's "The Accidental Husband," alongside Uma Thurman and Colin Firth.

Rossellini wrote, produced and starred in a short film about her father Roberto Rossellini, entitled "My Dad Is 100 Years Old," directed by Guy Maddin. Rossellini and Maddin previously worked together on "The Saddest Music in the World."

On television, Rossellini earned a Golden Globe nomination for "Crime of the Century," as well as an Emmy nomination for her work on "Chicago Hope." Her additional TV credits include "The Blacklist," "30 Rock," "Alias," "Napoleon," "Merlin," "Don Quixote," "The Odyssey," "The Frightening Frammis" and "The Gift."

Since 2009, Rossellini wrote, directed and starred in a series of forty short films about animals for The Sundance Channel called "Green Porno." She received The Courage in Acting Award from the Women Film Critics Circle Awards in 2009. Her performances have been seen all over the world and have over five million views online.

In spring 2015, Rossellini teamed up with Ovation TV for the television premiere of Isabella Rossellini's "Green Porno Live!" The documentary followed her on the international tour of her innovative one-woman show. In fall 2015, she also performed tribute to Ingrid Bergman with Jeremy Irons in London and at BAM in New York; in Paris with Gerard DePardieu; and in Rome with Christian De Sica. The show celebrated the centenary of her mother, Ingrid Bergman's birth, incorporating material from both her autobiography and correspondence.

Rossellini is also the author of several books, including "Some of Me," "Looking at Me" and "In the Name of the Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits: Remembering Roberto Rossellini." She also edited a book on her mother, "Ingrid Bergman: A Life in Pictures."

In addition, Rossellini is a wildlife activist and dedicated trainer of Labrador puppies for the blind. She was honored by The Audubon Society for her work. 

Between movie and filmmaking projects, Rossellini lectures at performing arts centers throughout the United States and Canada.


ISABELLA ROSSELLINI: FACTS

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Age: 64 years old
Birthday: June 18, 1952
Height: 5' 8"
Full Name / Real Name: Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini
Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy
Hometown: Paris, France and Rome, Lazio, Italy


 
 
 
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