Isabella Rossellini

Actor, Model, Italian teacher
Renowned for her heritage - she was the daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini - and her modeling career, Isabella Rossellini segued into acting in the mid-1980s, which yielded memorable ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1952 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (92)

Closet Monster 2015 (Movie)

Buffy (Actor)

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

Trudy (Actor)

My Italian Secret 2015 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Wedding Contract 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mammas 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken with Plums 2012 (Movie)

Parvine (Actor)

Enemy 2012 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Keyhole 2012 (Movie)

Hyacinth (Actor)

Late Bloomers 2012 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Dandelions 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Nono, the Zigzag Kid 2012 (Movie)

Lola Ciperola (Actor)

Tremé 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

BAM150 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi 2010 (Movie)

Adele (Actor)

My Dog Tulip 2010 (Movie)

Miss Canvenini (Voice)

The Graham Norton Show 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Phantom 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

Ruth Kraditor (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Accidental Husband 2008 (Movie)

Mrs. Bollenbecker (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brand Upon the Brain! 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Friends 1996 - 1997, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Infamous 2006 (Movie)

Marella Agnelli (Actor)

My Dad Is 100 Years Old 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Architect 2006 (Movie)

Julia Waters (Actor)

The Feast of the Goat 2006 (Movie)

Urania Cabral (Actor)

A Life in Suitcases 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alias 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heights 2005 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

King of the Corner 2005 (Movie)

Rachel Spivak (Actor)

The Saddest Music in the World 2004 (Movie)

Lady Port-Huntly (Actor)

Monte Walsh 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Napoleon 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Empire 2002 (Movie)

La Colombiana (Actor)

Martha Stewart's Home For the Holidays 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Dodger 2002 (Movie)

Joyce (Actor)

Lincoln Center Festival 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Left Luggage 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Kalman (Actor)

Il Cielo Cade 1999 (Movie)

Katchen (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Iman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Models Uncovered 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Paris Fashion Collections 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Wild City 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Merlin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Queen (Actor)

The World Fashion Premiere From Paris 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Night 1996 (Movie)

Gabriella (Actor)

The Funeral 1996 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

The Gift 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Innocent 1995 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

You, Murderer 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Immortal Beloved 1994 (Movie)

Anna Marie Erdody (Actor)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Big Nose Kate (Actor)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Laura Klein (Actor)

Death Becomes Her 1992 (Movie)

Lisle Von Rhumans (Actor)

The Siege of Venice 1991 (Movie)

Rosanna (Actor)

Dames Galantes 1990 (Movie)

Victoire (Actor)

The Ivory Hunters 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Perdita Durango (Actor)

Cousins 1989 (Movie)

Maria Hardy (Actor)

Zelly and Me 1988 (Movie)

Zelly (Actor)

Red Riding Hood 1987 (Movie)

Lady Jeanne (Actor)

Siesta 1987 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

Madeleine (Actor)

Blue Velvet 1986 (Movie)

Dorothy Vallens (Actor)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

Darya Greenwood (Actor)

Il Pap'Occhio 1980 (Movie)

Isabella (Actor)

The Meadow 1978 (Movie)

Eugenia (Actor)

A Matter of Time 1975 (Movie)

Sister Pia (Actor)

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Actor

Don Quixote (TV Show)

Actor

Earthsea (TV Show)

Actor

Infected (TV Show)

Actor

Lies of the Twins (TV Show)

Actor

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Animals Distract Me 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair 2008 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Burt's Buzz 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Green Porno (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (2)

Animals Distract Me 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Dad Is 100 Years Old 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Renowned for her heritage - she was the daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini - and her modeling career, Isabella Rossellini segued into acting in the mid-1980s, which yielded memorable performances in films and television projects like "Blue Velvet" (1987), "Wild at Heart" (1990) and "Big Night" (1996). She made her debut opposite her mother in 1976's "A Matter of Time," but did not land a significant role until David Lynch cast her in his groundbreaking "Blue Velvet." Her heartbreaking performance, simultaneously pitiable and alluring, led to similar roles in films like "Death Becomes Her" (1992), but she displayed a knack for comedy in "The Imposters" (1998) and grittier fare in "Crime of the Century" (HBO, 1996), among many others. An author, activist and the head of her own cosmetics label, she also enjoyed an intriguing side career as a filmmaker with "My Dad is 100 Years Old" (2006), which paid tribute to her father, and the short film series "Green Porno" (2008). For three decades, she remained an emblem of class and free-spiritedness in world cinema, as well as reminding cinema lovers of her mother, with a similar ethereal beauty.

Relationships

Ingrid Aborne

Sister
born June 18, 1952 twin sister of Isabella

Ingrid Bergman Actor

Parent

Pia Lindstrom

Half-Sister
born 1938 daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Dr. Petter Lindstrom Bergman lost custody of Pia after she moved to Italy in 1949

David Lynch Voice

Companion
Lynch directed Rossellini in "Blue Velvet" (1986) Together from 1986-1991

Gregory Mosher

Companion
dated c. 1996-97

Gary Oldman Actor

Companion
Engaged to be married in July 1994 Ended relationship in 1996

Roberto Rossellini Director

Father
adopted born c. 1993

Roberto Rossellini Director

Son
adopted born c. 1993

Roberto Rossellini

Brother
born 1950

Martin Scorsese Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 29, 1979 Divorced in November 1982

Jonathan Wiedemann

Husband
divorced

Elettra-Ingrid Wiedemann

Daughter
born c. 1983

EDUCATION

Finch College

1972

New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Milestones

2006

Starred as Anthony LaPaglia's wife in "The Architect"

2006

Cast in director Doug McGrath's Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"

2005

Co-starred with Glenn Close, James Marsden and Jesse Bradford in "Heights" a drama following five New Yorkers over 24-hours

2004

Joined the cast of "Alias" for several episodes to play Sydney's aunt

2004

Portrayed a high priestess named Thar in the Sci Fi Channel's miniseries "Earthsea," based on the series of novels by Ursula K. Le Guin

2003

Portrayed Josephine in the European miniseries "Napoleon"

2002

Starred in critically hailed "Roger Dodger"

2000

Offered strong performance as a somewhat timid Hassidic wife in "Left Luggage" (shot in 1997)

1999

Launched Manifesto, a cosmetics line

1998

Appeared in "The Impostors", directed by Stanley Tucci

1995

Named as vice president to the Lancaster Group; developed a line of cosmetics and fragrances

1990

TV acting debut, "The Last Elephant"

1985

American film acting debut "White Nights"

1982

Became first model to sign exclusive contract with Lancome cosmetics

1980

Began modeling at age 28; first assignment was a Vogue cover

1979

First leading film acting role, "Il Prato"

1976

Film acting debut in "A Matter of Time" (also featured Ingrid Bergman)

1972

Moved to NY at age 19

Worked as TV journalist for RAI-TV in Italy

TV appearances in Italy, "The Other Sunday" and "Pap'occhio"

Worked as translator for Italian News Bureau

Taught Italian at New School for Social Research

Worked with costumers of father's films as teenager

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