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Isabella Rossellini



Isabella Rossellini was one of the twin daughters born to actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini in 1952. After growing up in Italy, she came to America when she was19 and studied at Finch College and the New School for Social Research. She then returned to Rome, where she worked as a translator and TV journalist (not unlike her New York-based half-sister Pia Lindström). Just for fun, Rossellini made her first movie appearance in 1976, playing a bit in her mother's film A Matter of Time. She found acting to her liking, appearing in several European TV dramas before her first big-screen starring role in 1979's The Meadow. In the early 1980s, Rossellini put her film activities on the back burner to concentrate on her modelling career on behalf of Lancome Cosmetics. After her first marriage (to Hollywood director Martin Scorsese) ended in 1983, she began a relationship with ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov, with whom she co-starred in White Nights (1985). She was later involved was filmmaker David Lynch, who cast her in her breakthrough role as a much-abused small-town nightclub singer in Blue Velvet (1986). (Her other romantic partners have included her second husband John Wiedeman -- the father of her daughter Elettra -- and actor Gary Oldman). Rossellini continued seeking out offbeat, challenging film roles into the '90s, including Anna Maria Ermody in the controversial Beethoven biopic Immortal Beloved and no-nonsense frontierswoman Big Nose Kate in Wyatt Earp (both 1994). She also starred in Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci's delicious drama Big Night in 1996.



She was the matriarch of a gangster family in The Funeral, and reteamed with Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci for The Imposters. She has a major part in Roger Dodger, and in 2003 she featured prominently in Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World, a working relationship they would continue on other projects such as My Dad Is100 Years Old. She directed Green Porno in 2008, and that same year played mother to a troubled Joaquin Phoenix in the underrated drama Two Lovers. She would follow-up Green Porno with Scandalous Sea in 2009. She would team up with Maddin yet again for Keyhole in 2011, and that same year she would appear in Chicken With Plums.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Closet Monster
  • Buffy
2016
60% Joy
  • Trudy
2015
100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid)
  • Actor
2015
80% My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes
  • Actor
2015
75% Burt's Buzz
  • Executive Producer
2014
75% Enemy
  • Mother
2014
No Score Yet The Zigzag Kid (Nono, het Zigzag Kind)
  • Lola Ciperola
2014
No Score Yet Mammas
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
73% Chicken with Plums
  • Parvine
2012
43% Late Bloomers
  • Mary
2012
70% Keyhole
  • Hyacinth
2012
No Score Yet Du vent dans mes mollets
  • Madame Trebla
2012
No Score Yet About Face: Supermodels Then And Now
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Animals Distract Me
  • Charles Darwin
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet La solitudine dei numeri primi (The Solitude of Prime Numbers)
  • Adele
2010
90% My Dog Tulip
  • Miss Canvenini
2010
No Score Yet The Phantom
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy
  • Actor
2010
6% The Accidental Husband
  • Mrs. Bollenbecker
2009
No Score Yet Infected (They're Among Us)
  • Carla Plume
2008
82% Two Lovers
  • Ruth Kraditor
2008
No Score Yet The Last Jews of Libya
  • Narrator
2007
11% The Architect
  • Julia Waters
2006
100% My Dad Is 100 Years Old
  • Herself
2006
73% Infamous
  • Marella Agnelli
2006
No Score Yet The Feast of the Goat (La fiesta del Chivo)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Discovery Atlas - Italy Revealed
  • Narrator
2006
64% Heights
  • Liz
2005
71% King of the Corner
  • Rachel Spivak
2005
No Score Yet Earthsea
  • Thar
2004
78% The Saddest Music in the World
  • Lady Port-Huntly
2004
No Score Yet Until the Violence Stops
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Monte Walsh
  • Martine
2003
21% Empire
  • La Colombiana
2002
88% Roger Dodger
  • Joyce
2002
No Score Yet Napoleon
  • Josephine
2002
36% Left Luggage
  • Mrs. Kalman
2001
No Score Yet Il Cielo Cade (The Sky Is Falling) (The Sky Will Fall)
  • Katchen
2001
No Score Yet Don Quixote
  • Duchess
2000
62% The Impostors
  • Queen
1999
80% Merlin
  • Nimue
1998
No Score Yet Intimate Portrait - Iman
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Odyssey
  • Athena
1997
79% The Funeral
  • Clara
1996
96% Big Night
  • Gabriella
1996
No Score Yet Crime of the Century
  • Anna Hauptmann
1996
25% The Innocent
  • Maria
1995
56% Immortal Beloved
  • Anna Marie Erdody
1994
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Big Nose Kate
1994
20% The Pickle
  • Planet Cleveland Woman
1993
86% Fearless
  • Laura Klein
1993
50% Death Becomes Her
  • Lisle von Rhuman
1992
No Score Yet Lies of the Twins
  • Rachel Marks
1991
65% Wild At Heart
  • Perdita Durango
1990
No Score Yet The Last Elephant
  • Maria DiConti
1990
No Score Yet Dames galantes (Gallant Ladies)
  • Actor
1990
50% Cousins
  • Maria
1989
No Score Yet Zelly and Me
  • Mademoiselle Zelly
1988
No Score Yet Red Riding Hood
  • Lady Jean
1988
20% Siesta
  • Marie
1987
39% Tough Guys Don't Dance
  • Madeleine Regency
1987
94% Blue Velvet
  • Dorothy Vallens
1986
46% White Nights
  • Darya Greenwood
1985
No Score Yet Il Prato
  • Eugenia
1979
No Score Yet A Matter of Time
  • Sister Pia
1976
No Score Yet Il prato
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Annie's mom
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Katya Derevko
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Host
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
2001-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Bianca
No Score Yet The Phantom
2010
  • Dr. Bella Lithia Lithia
84% The Blacklist
2013
  • Floriana Campo

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