Isabella Rossellini
Actress, Model, Filmmaker, Author, Philanthropist
Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini 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.
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Lia Chavez Is A Visual And Performance Artist With A Very Chic Rescue Greyhound Named London
Huffington Post - 5 months
Beverly Allan introduced me to the work of Lia Chavez, a visual and performance artist who divides her time between Brookhaven Hamlet and Manhattan with her husband, David Shing, a futurist and their rescue dog London. Lia will be performing a piece entitled, "Light Body", a contemplative dance piece this Saturday at the farm of Isabella Rossellini. "The performance marks the artist's emergence from a 40-day vow of silence. Inspired by John Cage's renowned experiments with sensory deprivation and historical accounts of activating the light body through deep meditation, Chavez has drawn upon the mystical concept of "feasting on light" -- a reference to the Yogic practice of sustaining the physical and energetic bodies with meditation and the breath. The visual artworks created over this period will be the subject of a private exhibition at Isabella Rossellini's home concurrently. (Beverly Allan and Nur EL Shami's press release). I was drawn to Lia and David as a result of their ...
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Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall
Huffington Post - 6 months
By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc's Senior Editor, September 8, 2016 After a summer's worth of primo jazz festivals spread all over the city of New York and throughout North America and Europe, you'd think that the end of August would signal the shuttering of 2016's jazz celebrations. Think again. The party was really just getting started as the two most important jazz festivals in the world launch in September. First, there was the Detroit International Jazz Festival (on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5). It's in its 37th year and prides itself in being the world's largest free jazz fest, featuring top-tier artists as well as talented Detroiters performing on four major downtown outdoor stages and in a nightly jam session at the Detroit Marriot's indoor Renaissance Center. Then a couple of weeks later the Monterey Jazz Festival--a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean (the smell of salt in the air as well as oftentimes chilly fog-driven temps)--stages its three-day jazz-and-beyond bash o ...
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Has Isabella Rossellini's Style Always Been This Badass?
Huffington Post - 8 months
Isabella Rossellini was destined to be a star. Not only was she born into a Hollywood dynasty (her mother was Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and her father was the Italian director Roberto Rossellini), but she basically grew up on film sets, surrounded by glamorous people. Though Rossellini didn’t begin her lucrative modeling career until she was 28 (which is unheard of in this day and age), she still went on to become one of the most recognizable A-listers of all time. In celebration of Isabella Rossellini’s 64th birthday on June 18, we are talking a look back at some of her best style moments to date. Whether she’s in a simple T-shirt or a long black dress, she always looks picture perfect. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Movie Review: <i>Joy</i>.. Forget About It!!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Without Jennifer Lawrence, there would be no Joy. Joy lags until Bradley Cooper enters and sparks fly between him and Jennifer Lawrence, then they fizzle and the film snores on. Boring. Great cast, but no flow of energy. De Niro is ho hum while Isabella Rossellini as his love interest oddly enough gives this film life. Rossellini has the energy missing throughout this film. Diane Ladd has a small thankless role as Joy's grandmother though she is a delight to watch. This is the story of four generations of women and how Joy Mangano becomes a millionaire inventing a mop. It is clear the Joy Mangano has had a hand in the production of this film not only because she is given a producing credit, but because her character is handled with kid gloves. Enough. David Russell, director, wanted to do a woman's film, but please couldn't he have done a better one. His ego directed this and brought out great actors which a film does not make. Joy does not flow, but is a series of vignettes glued ...
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There is No Joy in 'Joy' Land, Mighty JLaw Has Struck Out
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Joy" is the third film collaboration between actress Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell. In the past they created "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle". Those early efforts were mega-successes and resulted in good box office and numerous awards. "Joy" was anticipated to be a product which would have the same amount of success, but having viewed the film I beg to disagree. It is a joyless movie composed of a series of vignettes rather than a cohesive storyline, and the acting on display is not exceptional. Joy Mangano (Lawrence) is seen at the start of the film to be a divorced woman raising her two children. Her mother (Virginia Madsen) and her grandmother (Diane Ladd) live with her and her children as well as her ex-husband Tony (Edgar Ramirez). Shortly after the movie starts her father Rudy (Robert De Niro) moves back in with her, following a separation from his girlfriend. This chaotic state of affairs makes Joy appear more a victim than anything else. She ...
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Dascha Polanco On Why She Used To Feel 'Less Than' As A Latina In Hollywood
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Navigating Hollywood as a Latina has been difficult for Dascha Polanco, she told HuffPost Live on Monday. But with a "good GPS," the 33-year-old star says she's maintained her confidence.  The actress told host Alex Miranda about initially feeling intimidated working alongside notable actors like Robert De Niro and Isabella Rossellini in her newest film, "Joy."  "These are living legends, so at times you feel like you're not supposed to be here," Polanco said. "As a Latina, you probably feel like you're just not good enough. You feel insecure. But there was one thing that [director] David [O. Russell] mentioned, and he specifically said, 'I know what I'm doing, I know who I want to be part of my vision. I just need you to trust me and I'll guide you in the right direction.'" The "Orange is the New Black" actress explained that not seeing people that looked like her on the big screen is part of what made her insecure about pursuing a career in Hollywood.  "I ...
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Dascha Polanco On Why She Used To Feel 'Less Than' As A Latina In Hollywood
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Navigating Hollywood as a Latina has been difficult for Dascha Polanco, she told HuffPost Live on Monday. But with a "good GPS," the 33-year-old star says she's maintained her confidence.  The actress told host Alex Miranda about initially feeling intimidated working alongside notable actors like Robert De Niro and Isabella Rossellini in her newest film, "Joy."  "These are living legends, so at times you feel like you're not supposed to be here," Polanco said. "As a Latina, you probably feel like you're just not good enough. You feel insecure. But there was one thing that [director] David [O. Russell] mentioned, and he specifically said, 'I know what I'm doing, I know who I want to be part of my vision. I just need you to trust me and I'll guide you in the right direction.'" The "Orange is the New Black" actress explained that not seeing people that looked like her on the big screen is part of what made her insecure about pursuing a career in Hollywood.  "I think ...
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Isabella Rossellini on the Birds and the Bees
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The actress and filmmaker talks about the sex lives of other species in “Green Porno Live!” on Ovation.
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CANNES WATCH: Rossellini moved by Ingrid Bergman poster
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
CANNES, France (AP) — Isabella Rossellini says it's a moving experience to see her late mother all over Cannes.
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On the Culture Front: Wine Dinner at Famed Beer Bar, Green Porno and More
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I've long been writing about the amazing beer diners at Jimmy's no. 43, and it turns out their wine dinners are equally impressive. Last Monday night, chef Annette Tomei prepared a series of inventive and tasty cassoulets which were paired by wines by Blake Johnson's Rosenthal Wine Merchant. Known for being a celebration of carnivorous pleasures, it was a delight to find the vegetarian cassoulet (with roasted butternut squash, brussels sprout leaves and mushrooms) to be one of the highlights of the evening. Another was a perfectly balanced Moscato d'Asti from the De Forville winery that paired seamlessly with a not-too-sweet warm apple tart. On the theater front, Red Bull's production of Loot is pure ecstasy. Jesse Berger gets Orton's dark farcical tone, and there isn't a false note in his stellar revival. I often wonder, "Why revive this?" when I see so many companies produce the same plays ad nauseam. Berger (like he did with Genet's The Maids) brings a thrillingly modern sensibili ...
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Finding Out Who Has the Biggest Penis of the Animal Kingdom? With Isabella Rossellini at the Brooklyn Academy of Music You Might Find the Answer
Huffington Post - about 3 years
From dolphins to octopuses; from spiders to limpets; from ducks to whales, Rossellini touches upon the sexual habits of many members of our extended animal family. I wish my biology professors at high school could have been as brilliant, kinky and comical as Isabella Rossellini when explaining the richness of the reproductive and sexual habits of the animal kingdom. Perhaps today I would be a biologist. Far from being vulgar and in what I like to describe as hard science with a comic twist, Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno artfully shows her deep love for animals in general, including marine life and insects. All being part of a one-woman live on stage show that is currently being presented at BAM's Fishman Space in Brooklyn. Heterosexuals, gay, lesbians, bisexuals, transexuals, transgenders, in Green Porno everything goes. What about sexual conducts? Is masturbation a natural behavior? Yes, of course! Dolphins would answer. What about wild orgies? Absolutely! Small anchov ...
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Theater Review: In ‘Green Porno,’ Isabella Rossellini Discusses Animal Mates
NYTimes - about 3 years
Isabella Rossellini talks about the sex lives found in the natural world in “Green Porno,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.     
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L.A. theater listings, Oct. 27-Nov. 3: The Tiger Lillies perform
LATimes - over 3 years
Brechtian bad boys the Tiger Lillies descend on REDCAT, Isabella Rossellini brings "Green Porno" to the Luckman and Musical Theatre West stages "Young Frankenstein: The Musical."
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Isabella Rossellini
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 63
    In 2016, she was granted an honorary doctorate by the Université du Québec à Montréal.
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini holds dual Italian and United States citizenship.
  • 2015
    Age 62
    In April 2015 she was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini has written three books: her self-described fictional memoir, Some of Me (1997), Looking at Me (on pictures and photographers, 2002), and In the name of the Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits: Remembering Roberto Rossellini (2006). In the name of the Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits: Remembering Roberto Rossellini was published as a written tribute alongside the short film, My Dad Is 100 Years Old, and used the script from the short film as its basis. As an accompaniment to the third series of Green Porno, Rossellini produced a multimedia collection that contains a book and DVD, both of which serve as additional information for the series' third season, that was released in 2008. In 2004, Rossellini acted in an Off-Broadway production of Terrence McNally's The Stendhal Syndrome, alongside Richard Thomas. Rossellini's friend Carole Bouquet, also a model who later became an actress, suggested that Green Porno could be transformed into a lecture format with a longer duration. Bouquet then introduced Rossellini to French filmmaker and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and the pair created a 70-minute-long monologue that expands upon the Green Porno films. The structure of the performance is in accordance with the types of reproductive systems:
  • 2014
    Age 61
    Rossellini debuted the live version of Green Porno at the Adelaide Festival of Arts on 15 March 2014 and was warmly received by the audience.
    More Details Hide Details The show was the first of the 2014 program to sell out. Rossellini is involved in conservation efforts. She is the president and director of the Howard Gilman Foundation—a leading institution focused on the preservation of wildlife, arts, photography and dance—and she has been a board member of the Wildlife Conservation Network. She received US$100,000 from Disney to help with her conservation efforts in those two organizations. She has also helped with the Central Park Conservancy, and is a major benefactor of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society of Bellport, Long Island, where she is a part-time resident. Rossellini is involved in training guide dogs for the blind. She is a former trustee of the George Eastman House and a 1997 George Eastman Award honoree for her support of film preservation. She is also a National Ambassador for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
  • 2013
    Age 60
    After the completion of her Green Porno productions, Rossellini acted in the film Enemy, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, which was shown at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF).
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini praised the film during a TIFF interview: "I love the subtlety of the film. It reminded me of Kafka. It’s very metaphysical, but yet it’s also a solid thriller. It made me leap up out of my seat at the end." Rossellini also played silent film actor Rudolph Valentino's mother in Vlad Kozlov's Silent Life, a feature-length version of the director’s silent, black-and-white short film Daydreams of Rudolph Valentino. Kozlov's film was due for release in 2012, but, as of February 2014, the film has not been officially released.
    Rossellini explained in a 2013 interview part of the research process for Mammas: "First of all it's about diversity.
    More Details Hide Details When talking about motherhood, I would find examples of ten different species that either don't get pregnant in the belly but in the mouth or back. Or species that abandon their children all-together so that I don't tell ten stories that are too similar."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 58
    Rossellini was the President of the Jury for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    Rossellini explained in 2010, " I always wanted to make films about animals-- there's not an enormous audience, but there's an enormous audience for sex." Mammas debuted in the United States on 12 May 2013, Mother's Day weekend, and is a celebration of the maternal aspects of the animal world.
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini is again the primary actor and plays the maternal versions of animals such as spiders and hamsters.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    Debuting in 2008, the first series of Green Porno garnered over 4 million views on YouTube and two further seasons were produced; there is a total of 18 episodes in the series.
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini worked with a small budget for Green Porno and she was responsible for the scripts, helped to design the creatures, directed the episodes, and is the primary actor in the series. In each of the episodes Rossellini acts out the mating rituals and reproductive behaviour of various animals while commentary is concurrently played. Green Porno was followed by two other animal-themed television productions: Seduce Me: The Spawn of Green Porno and Mammas. Seduce Me: The Spawn of Green Porno is a five-episode online series that premiered in mid-2010 and explores the topic of animal courtship—as with Green Porno, Rossellini wrote, directed, and acted in the series (she is also a producer of the series).
  • 2007
    Age 54
    In 2007, Rossellini guest starred on two episodes of the television show 30 Rock, playing Alec Baldwin's character's ex-wife.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, Rossellini enrolled at Hunter College in New York, US to study Animal Behavior, and the Sundance Channel commissioned her to contribute a short-film project to the environmental program The Green. Rossellini explained in a 2013 interview: They contacted me again when they had allocated some money to experiment in making a web series. At first, I thought I didn't know what to say, I didn't know what to write and then thought it might be really fun to do little short films about animals. This is how the first three episodes of Green Porno came about. When I showed them the pilot, Sundance commissioned eight more. It was a huge hit!
  • 2006
    Age 53
    The Sundance Channel then purchased the 2006 Guy Maddin-directed short film My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a tribute that Rossellini created for her father.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, she played almost every role, including Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, and her mother Ingrid Bergman. Rossellini's twin sister, Isotta Ingrid, criticized the short film, calling it an "inappropriate" tribute.
    In 2006, Rossellini appeared in several television documentaries.
    More Details Hide Details First, she narrated a two-hour television special on Italy for the Discovery Channel's Discovery Atlas series. Then, alongside Segway PT inventor Dean Kamen, she spoke about her past and current activities on an episode of Iconoclasts, a series that featured on the Sundance Channel (known as SundanceTV from 2014 onwards), an independent film network founded by film industry veteran Robert Redford.
  • 2004
    Age 51
    In 2004, she played the High Priestess Thar in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Legend of Earthsea, and director Robert Lieberman stated that Rossellini "brings a very big persona to the screen.
    More Details Hide Details She carries a great deal of beauty. We needed someone who had a feeling of authority to be this kind of mother superior type and at the same time not be totally dour and unattractive."
  • 2003
    Age 50
    In 2003, Rossellini was a recurring character on the television series Alias.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year, she also appeared in the Canadian film The Saddest Music in the World, directed by Guy Maddin.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 43
    In 1996, she appeared as herself in an episode of the TV series Friends called "The One With Frank Jr."
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  • 1995
    Age 42
    In 1995, Rossellini worked with the Coty Group and developed her own brand of cosmetics, "Isabella Rossellini's Manifesto". She is signed to Trump Model Management. Rossellini was the inaugural brand ambassador for the Italian Silversea Cruises company in 2004, and she appeared in print ads and on their website. Barbara Muckermann, the senior vice-president of worldwide marketing and communications in 2004, said at the time of the announcement, "Isabella is the ideal personification of Silversea's exclusive standard of elegance, glamour and sophistication."
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    Rossellini also appeared in Madonna's music video for her successful Top 5 hit song "Erotica", released in the autumn/fall of 1992.
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    In October 1992, Rossellini modelled for Madonna's controversial book Sex.
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  • 1990
    Age 37
    At Lancôme, in 1990, she was involved in product development for the fragrance Trésor.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996, when she was 44, she was removed as the face of Lancôme for being "too old."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 29
    Rossellini's modeling career led her into the world of cosmetics, when she became the exclusive spokesmodel for the international cosmetics brand Lancôme in 1982, replacing Nancy Dutiel in the United States and Carol Alt in Europe.
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  • 1979
    Age 26
    She was married to Martin Scorsese from 1979 to 1982.
    More Details Hide Details After her marriage to Scorsese ended, she married Jon Wiedemann (1983–1986), a Harvard-educated former fashion model from Texas (now a Microsoft design manager). Later, she dated David Lynch, Gary Oldman and Gregory Mosher. She has a daughter, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (born 1983) and a son, Roberto (born 1993). She has always lived near her twin sister Isotta Ingrid, while growing up in Rome, Italy or residing in New York City, US. Because of this, her twin sister's children Tommaso and Francesca grew up closely with their cousins Elettra and Roberto.
  • 1976
    Age 23
    Rossellini made her film debut with a brief appearance as a nun opposite her mother in the 1976 film A Matter of Time.
    More Details Hide Details Her first role was the 1979 film Il Prato, and then in 1980 she appeared in Renzo Arbore's film Il pap'occhio with Martin Scorsese. Following her mother's death in 1982, Rossellini was cast in her first American film, White Nights (1985). This was followed by her notable role as the tortured nightclub singer Dorothy Vallens in the David Lynch film Blue Velvet, in which she also contributed her own singing. Other significant film roles during this period include her work in Cousins (1989), Death Becomes Her (1992), Fearless, and Immortal Beloved (1994).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born in 1952.
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