Actress, Director, Writer & Environmental Activist
2010 Rachel Carson Award Honoree
Moving easily from early forays into comedy and television reporting to
roles in movies, television, and stage productions and from an
illustrious international modeling career (as the face of Lancome for 14
years) and developing her own brand of cosmetics to writing and
philanthropy, and after appearing in more than 40 films ("Blue Velvet,"
"Death Becomes Her," "The Saddest Music in the World," "Infamous") and
25 made-for-television movies/series ("Alias," "Discovery Atlas: Italy
Revealed," "Iconoclasts," "30 Rock"), Isabella Rossellini turned her eye
to film making. Her debut was her mischievous and witty film, "My Dad is
100 Years Old," a pretend dialogue about the essence of film. In it, Ms.
Rossellini appears as herself, speaks her father's words, and also
brilliantly portrays Fellini, Selznick, Hitchcock, Chaplin, and her own
mother, whom she strikingly resembles.
In 2008 Robert Redford's Sundance Institute commissioned Ms. Rossellini
to make a series of short films to address the issues of the
environment. She chose the mating habits of bugs and called her series
GREEN PORNO, which has been celebrated in film festivals here and
abroad. She won the Webby Award for "Best Individual Performance" for
GREEN PORNO. For the second series, which involves sea creatures, she
took courses in biology at New York University. The third season of
GREEN PORNO features marine life and sea creatures. In addition to the
shorts on the Sundance Channel, in the fall of 2009, a book of GREEN
PORNO was released which included all three seasons of the shorts.
On the heels of the great sucess of GREEN PORNO, Ms. Rossellini has
partnered up with Sundance again for a new series about animal courtship
to be called SEDUCE ME. The first five short films will be released in
April 2010 and the second five released in Summer 2010.
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini was born in Rome and lived
her early years in Rome, Santa Marinella, and Paris. She came to New
York at the age of 19 to study English and attend Finch College. During
this early period she appeared intermittently on Roberto Benigni's
Italian comedy show, "The Other Sunday." She holds dual United States
and Italian citizenship and is the daughter of the Academy Award-winning
Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman ("Casablanca," "Anastasia," "Autumn
Sonata") and the groundbreaking, iconic Italian film director Robert
Rossellini, who made film history with "Rome, Open City."
For more information:
Sundance Channel's Green Porno