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Isabella Rossellini
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

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