Friday, 13 January 2012

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini 
(born 18 June 1952) is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for her roles in films such as Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her.

She began her career as a journalist for RAI Television in Italy, but was assigned purely fluff features and soon grew bored. She then appeared as a regular on an Italian sketch comedy show, where she met a photographer who convinced her she was more a model than a comedienne. But despite great success as a model, she eventually returned to acting.

Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini
18 June 1952

Her first film was her mother's A Matter of Time, and she was first noticed by American audiences in White Nights with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. In her most famous role, she was beaten by Dennis Hopperand rescued by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynch's masterpiece of small-town sadomasochism, Blue Velvet. She lived with Lynch for five years.

From 1982-96, she was the celebrity face of Lancôme cosmetics, but the company ended the arrangement, fearing that Rossellini was too old to be seen as attractive. She has continued making films, including Wild at Heart with Nicolas Cage, Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner, and Roger Dodger with Campbell Scott. She has also played the fierce aunt Katya on TV's Alias with Jennifer Garner.

Actress, filmmaker, author, model, philanthropist

Martin Scorsese (1979–1982)
Jonathan Wiedemann (1983–1986)

Roberto Rossellini (deceased)
Ingrid Bergman (deceased)

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