2016 Great Immigrants Recipient

Isabella Rossellini
Actress, model, filmmaker
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Isabella Rossellini says she feels American “in the way that I’m working - to evolve from modeling into acting, directing, writing, and going back to school. It’s America that gave me that sense of freedom and possibility,” she told “Vogue” in 2016. Rossellini - the face of Lancōme cosmetics for 14 years - has appeared on the covers of magazines such as “Harper's Bazaar,” “Vanity Fair” and “Elle.” In her first film, “A Matter of Time” (1976), she had a small part acting alongside her mother, the cinema-legend Ingrid Bergman. She has acted in over 50 films since including cult classics such as “Blue Velvet” (1986) and “Wild at Heart” (1990) as well as big-budget Hollywood films such as “Death Becomes Her” (1992) and “Immortal Beloved” (1994). In 1997 she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the HBO film “Crime of the Century” and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series on the television series “Chicago Hope.” More recently, she became in early viral video session for her “Green Porno” online short film series on animal sexual behavior, which she conceived, wrote, directed and starred in. Rossellini is currently working on her master’s degree in animal behavior and conservation at Hunter College. Updated 2018