Isabella Rossellini

by andrew on July 15, 2014

18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival - Conversation with Isabella Rossellini

Birth Name: Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini

Place of Birth: Rome, Italy

Date of Birth: 18 June 1952

*Italian, small amount of French (father)
*Swedish, German (mother)

Isabella Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model.

Isabella is the daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, who was of half Swedish and half German descent, and of Italian director Roberto Rossellini, who was of mostly Italian, and some French, ancestry. Isabella was married to director Martin Scorsese from 1979 to 1982. Isabella holds dual Italian and United States citizenship.

Isabella’s paternal grandparents were Angiolo Giuseppe “Beppino” Rossellini (the son of Zeffiro/Luigi Rossellini and Giuseppina Benedetti) and Elettra Bellan (the daughter of Giuseppe Bellan and Amalia del Monte). Zeffiro was from Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, and the surname was spelled as “Rosellini”. Giuseppe was from Rovigo, Veneto, Italy and evidently had some French ancestry, from immigrants who had arrived in Italy during the Napoleonic Wars. Amalia was from Anagni, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy.

Isabella’s maternal grandparents were Justus Samuel Bergman (the son of Johan Petter/Peter Bergman and Brita Sofia/Sophia Samuelsdotter) and Friedel Henrietta Adler. Justus was Swedish. Johan was the son of Jonas Månsson and Marta Jönasdotter/Jönsdotter. Brita was the daughter of Samuel Lorentz Bengtsson and Maria Andersdotter. Friedel was German, from Kiel, Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Isabella Rossellini –

Genealogy of Isabella Rossellini (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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andrew August 29, 2016 at 4:00 am
Jordan July 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

It’s so sad that this site is filled with “some French”, “remote Scottish” etc. Please, if you know, let us know the actual amount. 1/512 French for example.

andrew July 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

In this case, the French ancestry is not documented.

neiltennant July 12, 2016 at 9:03 am


look at her face. Im not sure why and what it is but her face is rather scandinavian

andrew May 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Family history of Isabella’s father:

* Zeffiro Rossellini was from Pisa, Tuscany, Italy. Rossellini surname was spelled “Rosellini”.
* Amalia del Monte was from Anagni, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
* Giuseppe Bellan was from Rovigo, Veneto, Italy. If he had any French ancestry, it was distant (Napoleonic wars:1803-1815)

andrew May 18, 2016 at 6:39 am

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