Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. She made her cinematic debut as an actress in 1979 in the Taviani brothers’ film Il Prato (The Meadow) and has appeared in numerous other films, including the American features Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, White Nights, Rodger Dodger, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Big Night, and Joy. She has worked with wide-ranging directors including Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi, and Guy Maddin.
She is also a successful television actress and filmmaker, with a keen interest in animals and wildlife conservation. She has a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation and has received a PhD Honoris Causa from the Science Faculty at UQAM (University of Quebec at Montreal). Her award-winning series of shorts Green Porno, Seduce Me, and Mammas offer comical and scientifically insightful studies of animal behavior.
Rossellini has been seen in Vita and Virginia, The Incredibles and the film Silent Retreat. Her television work includes Master of Photography and the series Domina for European broadcaster SKY, and the American series Shut Eye, for Hulu. Her book My Chickens and I was published in several languages by Abrams Books.
Rossellini’s interests embrace preservation of her family’s extraordinary cinematic heritage, including the films directed by her father, Roberto Rossellini and those featuring her mother, Ingrid Bergman. She is a mother of two and resides in Bellport, Long Island.
She runs an organic farm in Brookhaven in association with the Peconic Land Trust.