News in 2009

Darryl Macdonald talks with Isabella Rossellini
3/17/2009
Palm Springs International Film Society

 


Palm Desert, CA - "My Mother, My Father and Me: A Life of Humor, Curiosity and Adventure" features noted entertainer Isabella Rossellini in an evening of compelling stories, anecdotes and film clips about her life with her mother, Academy Award winning Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and her father, Italian film director Roberto Rossellini. Darryl Macdonald, Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, will be moderating a post-show discussion with Isabella Rossellini at the McCallum Theatre.

Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini was born in Rome and also spent her early years in Santa Marinella and Paris. At the age of 19, she moved to New York to study English and attend Finch College while also working as a translator, a circus ringmaster, and a television reporter. During this period, she appeared intermittently on Roberto Benigni's Italian comedy show, "The Other Sunday."

She began her modeling career at the age of 28 when she was photographed for both the British and American editions of Vogue magazine. In 1982, she became the exclusive face and spokes model for the international cosmetics brand Lancome, a role she held for the next 14 years. Later, she developed her own brand of cosmetics, Isabella Rossellini's Manifesto.

Isabella made her film debut opposite her mother in the 1976 film, A Matter of Time. Her first American film was White Nights in 1985 and other notable films include Blue Velvet, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Immortal Beloved and Fearless. Her most recent films are The Accidental Husband, My Dog Tulip and Two Lovers. A popular television actress, she had a recurring role on "Alias," played Alec Baldwin's ex-wife on "30 Rock," received an Emmy nomination for her guest role on "Chicago Hope," and has narrated and appeared in several documentaries. Turning to filmmaking, Isabella made her debut with her mischievous and witty film, My Dad is 100 Years Old, a pretend dialogue about the essence of film. In it, she appears as herself, speaks her father's words, and also brilliantly portrays Fellini, Selznick, Hitchcock, Chaplin and her own mother whom she strikingly resembles.

Isabella is a dedicated trainer of guide dogs for the blind and is active in conservation efforts. In 2008, Robert Redford's Sundance Institute commissioned her 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.

Isabella has written three books: Some of Me, Looking at Me and In the Name of the Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits: Remembering Roberto Rossellini.

Between movie and filmmaking projects, she lectures at performing arts centers throughout the United States and Canada.

Isabella Rossellini will appear at the McCallum Theatre on Tuesday, March 24 at 8:00pm. Tickets are priced at $85, $65, $55 and $45 and are available by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS or online at the Theatre's Web site. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert California, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.