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Also Known As: Isabella Rosellini Died:
Born: June 18, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor, model, Italian teacher, translator

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Enemy (2014)
3.
 Late Bloomers (2012)
4.
 BAM150 (2012)
5.
 Phantom, The (2010)
7.
 My Dog Tulip (2009)
9.
 Infected (2008)
10.
 Two Lovers (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked with costumers of father's films as teenager
1972:
Moved to NY at age 19
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Worked as translator for Italian News Bureau
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Taught Italian at New School for Social Research
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Worked as TV journalist for RAI-TV in Italy
1976:
Film acting debut in "A Matter of Time" (also featured Ingrid Bergman)
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TV appearances in Italy, "The Other Sunday" and "Pap'occhio"
1979:
First leading film acting role, "Il Prato"
1980:
Began modeling at age 28; first assignment was a <i>Vogue</i> cover
1982:
Became first model to sign exclusive contract with Lancome cosmetics
1985:
American film acting debut "White Nights"
1990:
TV acting debut, "The Last Elephant"
1995:
Named as vice president to the Lancaster Group; developed a line of cosmetics and fragrances
1998:
Appeared in "The Impostors", directed by Stanley Tucci
1999:
Launched Manifesto, a cosmetics line
2000:
Offered strong performance as a somewhat timid Hassidic wife in "Left Luggage" (shot in 1997)
2002:
Starred in critically hailed "Roger Dodger"
2003:
Portrayed Josephine in the European miniseries "Napoleon"
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
2005:
Co-starred with Glenn Close, James Marsden and Jesse Bradford in "Heights" a drama following five New Yorkers over 24-hours
2006:
Cast in director Doug McGrath's Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
2006:
Starred as Anthony LaPaglia's wife in "The Architect"
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Education

New School for Social Research: New York , New York -
Finch College: - 1972

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husband:
Martin Scorsese. Director. Married September, 1979; divorced November 1982.
husband:
Jonathan Wiedemann. Model. Divorced.
companion:
David Lynch. Director, screenwriter. Together 1986-91.
companion:
Gary Oldman. Actor. Engaged to be married in July 1994; separated by 1996.
companion:
Gregory Mosher. Producer, director. Dated c. 1996-97.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Ingrid Bergman. Actor.
father:
Roberto Rossellini. Director.
half-sister:
Pia Lindstrom. Film and theater critic. Born 1938; daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Dr. Petter Lindstrom; Bergman lost custody of Pia after she moved to Italy in 1949.
brother:
Roberto Ingmar Rossellini. Businessman. Born 1950.
sister:
Ingrid Aborne. Professor of medieval literature. Born June 18, 1952; twin sister of Isabella.
daughter:
Elettra-Ingrid Wiedemann. Born c. 1983.
son:
Roberto Rossellini. Adopted; born c. 1993.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Some of Me" Random House

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