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Biography #2 (for Roger Dodger)

Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. At the age of 19, she moved to New York where she became a translator and later a reporter for RAI-Italian Television. Her popular segments led to appearances as New York correspondent for the weekly Italian comedy show The Other Sunday, with Roberto Benigni.

At the relatively advanced age of 28, Rossellini began a modeling career when Bruce Weber photographed her for British Vogue and Bill King did likewise for American Vogue. She has since worked with the industry's most distinguished photographers from Richard Avedon to Steven Meisel, from Helmut Newton to Peter Lindbergh, from Norman Parkinson to Eve Arnold. She has appeared on the cover of such magazines as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Bazaar and Vanity Fair. An exhibition of photographs - Rossellini, Portrait of a Woman - was held in March 1988 at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

She made her cinematic debut in 1979 in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's II Prato [The Meadow]. Her American film debut was opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines in Taylor Hackford's White Nights. In 1986, she starred opposite Dennis Hopper as Dorothy Vallens, the tortured lounge singer, in David Lynch's haunting and controversial Blue Velvet.

Other films include Cousins, Zelly And Me, Wild At Heart, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Wyatt Earp, Big Night, The Impostors, and The Funeral. Her portrait of the Jewish Hassidic mother in Left Luggage, directed by Jeroen Krabbe, won a special award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1998.

Rossellini will next star in the television movie, Monte Walsh, for TNT opposite Tom Selleck on January 19, 2003. She recently wrapped production on Napoleon for A&E opposite Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich and Sophia Loren. Other television credits include Merlin, Don Quixote, The Odyssey, The Frightening Frammis, The Gift, Crime of the Century (Golden Globe nomination) and a two-episode arc of the series Chicago Hope (Emmy Nomination).

Her modeling and acting career also led Rossellini into the world of cosmetics. For 14 years, beginning in 1982, she was the exclusive spokes-model for the international cosmetics brand Lancome. In 1990, Lancome launched the very successful fragrance Tresor, which was Rossellini's first involvement with product development. In 1995, Rossellini began a collaboration with Lancaster Group to develop her own brand of cosmetics, Manifesto, which launched internationally in May 1999.

Rossellini's photographic book, Looking At Me, will be in stores mid-November 2002. Her self-described fictional memoir Some of Me was published in the USA in 1997. The book has since also been published in Italian, German and French language editions. Also in 1997, the George Eastman House (USA) honored Rossellini for her work in preserving the films of her parents, Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.

Rossellini lives in New York City with her two children.

Bio courtesy Artisan Entertainment for "Roger Dodger" (26-Oct-2002)