Rossellini, Roberto

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Rossellini, Roberto Gender: M
Roberto Gastone Zeffiro Rossellini
born on 8 May 1906 at 12:50 (= 12:50 PM )
Place Rome, Italy, 41n54, 12e29
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Bordoni
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 16°58' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 15°34 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 02°56'

Portrait of Roberto Rossellini 
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Roberto Rossellini
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Italian acclaimed film director, producer and scenarist, the leading representative of the post World War II wave of realism. His highly acclaimed films included "Open City," 1946, "Paisan," 1948 and "Germany, Year Zero," 1949. He later concentrated on TV documentaries. The neo-Italian realism movement which revolutionized world cinema after the war represented truth, realism, naturalism, and Rossellini represented earthiness and spontaneity, passion and commitment with which he imbued his films.

The son of a wealthy architect, Rossellini had been brought up in a great Roman house with nannies and tutors. Money was for spending and he squandered his inheritance disdainfully. Disinterested in university, he went into film work for Mussolini and the Fascists.

By his 40s, he was a plump Italian of medium height, with a beaked mouth and thinning black hair, Rossellini nonetheless was a man of great seductiveness, enveloping a woman with such attention, such romantic fantasy, such drama, that he would mesmerize her. His life was filled with women. He and his wife were amiably separated and he had a series of high profile lovers, most notably his mistress for several years, Anna Magnani.

In 1948, Ingrid Bergman wrote to Rossellini, "If you ever need a Swedish actress..." He received the letter on his birthday, 8 May, and he responded eagerly. They arranged a meeting on 26 September 1948 in Paris. The Lindstroms' and Rossellini met at the Hotel George V and discussed the film they would make together, a story of love on the barren island of Stromboli, a great work of art.

Bergman was coming from a confining marriage and a career that was limited to virtuous, two-dimensional roles and he offered her artistic truth, creative vision, danger and excitement. He offered more than that, bragging to his friends that he intended to cuckold Dr. Lindstrom, "Swedish women are easy to impress as they have such cold husbands."

In January 1949, Rossellini left Magnani and traveled to America. He accepted the New York Film Critics Award for "Paisan" as Best Foreign Film of the Year. He wired Bergman, "I just arrive friendly." She replied, "Waiting for you in the Wild West." He stayed in their guest house as he and Bergman spoke to Hollywood backers about financing their movie. They made a production deal with Howard Hughes.

On 27 February 1949, the evening before he left, Rossellini promised Lindstrom that he would take care of Bergman in Italy, protecting her from gossip. On 9 March 1949, Bergman flew to Rome. Less than two weeks later, she wrote to Lindstrom, asking for a divorce.

The illicit affair they began shocked the world, giving rise to a huge scandal that defamed Bergman's reputation.

In May, she got pregnant. Robertino was born on 2 February 1950.

Bergman obtained a divorce in Mexico and a proxy marriage was arranged on 24 May 1950 at 10:30 AM in Mexico City.

The life of an Italian housewife was difficult for Bergman's adaptation. She picked up the language well enough, but was always a step behind the tempo and the subtleties of Italian humor, social exchange and everyday living. They had continual money problems as Rossellini spent money with total disregard. Bergman had never been comfortable with extravagance or waste. He would not let her work for any other director, with whom she would make much more income.

They began work on their second film together, "Europa '51" in October 1951. During the filming, Bergman became pregnant again, this time with twins. She became so large that she entered the nursing home for the last weeks of her pregnancy, and delivered two husky baby girls, Isabella, 7 lbs 3 oz, and Isotta, 8 lbs 5 oz, on 18 June 1952.

Domesticity did not wear well. The Rossellini family fights became regular and dramatic. Bergman returned to drinking heavily and Rossellini returned to his old womanizing ways. By 1957, Rossellini's affair with the Indian actress Sonali Gupta created fresh scandal, while Bergman also developed an outside interest. When they separated, Bergman kept the children, though later she sent them to live with their father.

Rossellini died of a heart attack on 3 June 1977 in Rome at age 71.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Ralli, Giovanna (born 2 January 1935). Notes: She starred in two of his films
  • (has as) worker relationship with Trapani, Enzo (born 28 August 1922)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1946 (Noted film "Open City")
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 26 September 1948 (Met Ingrid Bergman)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1949 (Noted film "Germany, Year Zero")
  • Family : Change residence January 1949 (Traveled to America)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship March 1949 (Bergman begins relationship with Rossellini)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 2 February 1950 (Son Robertino born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Marriage 24 May 1950 at 10:20 AM in Mexico City, Mexico (Proxy marriage)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Begin Major Project October 1951 (Film started together)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 18 June 1952 (Twin daughters Isabella and Isotta born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Extramarital Affair 1957 (Affair with Sonali Gupti)

Source Notes

birth certificate

Bordoni quotes B.C. in correction of her Vol 2 in which she had 3:30 PM.

Sy Scholfield provided a copy of the birth certificate stating 12:50 PM (shown at left).


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal attack)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Very affluent family)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Ingrid Bergman)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Twins, triplets, etc. (Twins)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Illegitimate kids by lovers)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son, twin daughters)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Isabella Rossellini, noted actress)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (TV documentaries)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer