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Isabella Rossellini

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Isabella Rossellini, 1990

Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini, born in Rome on June 18 1952, is a model and an actress, daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.

As an actress is probably best known for her role as Dorothy Vallens in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. She later took a part in Wild at Heart by the same director. Other roles include Cousins a Hollywood remake of the French film Cousin, Cousine, and Nimue in the 1998 mini-series, Merlin.

Even though she closely resembles her mother, Rossellini has surprisingly never been cast as Ingrid Bergman in any film, although she did perform a parody of Bergman's character Ilsa Lund from Casablanca in an episode of Tales from the Crypt.

She was married during 1979-1983 to director Martin Scorsese, and later married to John Wiedemann with whom she has a daughter, Elettra. She was also romantically linked to David Lynch and Gary Oldman.

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Isabella Rossellini in French Magazine

Her modeling career began when she was photographed by Bruce Weber for British Vogue and by Bill King for American Vogue. She has worked with many renown photographers, including Richard Avedon, Francesco Scavullo, Annie Leibovitz, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Her image has appeared on such magazines as Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.

Rossellini's modeling and acting career also led her into the world of cosmetics. Beginning in 1982, she was exclusive spokesmodel for the international cosmetics brand [[Lanc?] for 14 years.

An exhibition of photographs of Rossellini, Portrait of a Woman, was held in March 1988 at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

In 1995, Isabella developed her own brand of cosmetics, Isabella Rossellini's Manifesto.

Isabella Rossellini (bookcover for Some of Me)
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Isabella Rossellini (bookcover for Some of Me)

Her autobiography, Some of Me, was published in 1997. In 2002 she released her second book, Looking at Me (on pictures and photographers).

Beginning in 2003 she had a recurring role on the television series, Alias.

Selected filmography

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