“I Want to be Isabella Rosselini When I Grow Up.”

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“I Want to be Isabella Rosselini When I Grow Up.”

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A friend said this to me the other day after she read this New York Times profile (https://bit.ly/4atQQ6I) of the 71-year-old actress/director/model/farmer. Isabella is a role model for living life with gusto, especially in her recent years when she doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks of her, nor does she retouch her photos.

Isabella is a role model for living life with gusto, especially in her recent years when she doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks of her, nor does she retouch her photos. 

Here’s an excerpt from the article about the woman whose parents were actress Ingrid Bergman and filmmaker Roberto Rossellini:

She was married to Martin Scorsese, and another partner, David Lynch, famously directed her in the 1986 film “Blue Velvet.” But she also built her own interesting and varied career, becoming one of the most recognizable models in the world as the face of Lancôme until, in her 40s, the beauty brand dumped her for being too old. Rossellini was suddenly faced with a question, she told me, that she’s still working through today: “Who am I, and how do I fulfill the rest of my life?

That’s such a valuable question she asked at age 45. We would do well by asking it of ourselves as we explore the second half of our lives. In Isabella’s case, she has become increasingly more playful with age. She laughs at the fact that Lancôme wizened up and invited her back to be the face of the cosmetic brand in her mid-60s. She’s loving being single and 71, no longer feeling the need to be defined by a romantic partner. It’s a worthy article to check out just to enjoy the interview, as Isabella has a ferocious and lovely mind and spirit. If you can’t get beyond the NYT paywall and don’t want to subscribe, check out her Instagram


-Chip

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