Isabella Rossellini: Quiet Renegade

Cathleen Young, Author St. Martin's Press $16.95 (186p) ISBN 978-0-312-02591-5
A cut-and-paste effort rather than a biography, this consists of quotes from approximately 100 sources. Freelance writers Young and Cornelison add their own reverential comments on Isabella Rosselliniinterminable allusions to the actress's beauty, courage and talentto snippets from her mother Ingrid Bergman's autobiography, My Story , film critiques, interviews, etc. Dredging up the scandal created by Bergman's premarital liaison with Italian director Robert Rossellini, the authors go over well-trodden ground, aiming to show how nobly their daughter has coped since her birth in 1952, living in the glare of notoriety and the pain of her parents' divorce. There is information on her career as a model, early success on Italian TV as a journalist and in American films; much is made of the role that emphasized her supposed artistic purityappearing nude in Blue Velvet. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/01/1989
Release date: 02/01/1989
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