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#1. Maybe there's some kind of modeling that can be tedious, like catalogue modeling, but there's a kind of modeling, with runways or working with Richard Avedon, that's not very far from acting. Besides the fact that you don't have a partner to react to, the body language is the same. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#2. I graduated from Academy of Fashion and Costume Design in Rome. At first, I thought I was going to be a costume designer for films, and then I ended up working in fashion - not as a designer, but mostly as a model. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#3. But I don't really see myself as a role model. I'm not a dictator, or someone who wants to be adored! - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#4. My father's films are often very slow for the modern audiences, which are used to a lot of editing. It's the audience that watches the film instead of the director dictating the reaction he wants from you. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#5. I always dreamed when I was a little girl interested in animals that I would go live in Africa. Then I found out that you can look in your backyard, and you can do your own safari. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#6. From the time I was a child I wanted to be like my mother. Not necessarily an actress - I never dreamed I'd have the courage. But an active, volatile woman like she was. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#7. I am much more radical in my beliefs than my products represent me to be. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#8. When I grew up, we always had our chickens, and we ate our eggs, and we ate our chickens. The family always had a pig, and we would kill it at Christmas and eat it for three or four months afterwards. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#9. I grew up in a family of filmmakers, so I always wanted to make films about animals, especially comical films. Something about animals amuses me. And they have a great mystery. It's the same mystique some people might feel looking at the stars or the ocean. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#10. There is often a great disparity between a director's personal style and the movies he makes. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#11. I am now at an age when they wanted me to play her mother. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#12. When I was young, it was difficult to imagine entering a world where my parents succeeded so much and I could have risked failing. It would have felt much harder. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#13. Food is a big part of my culture, so everyone knows how to cook. When I came to America and asked a babysitter to softboil an egg for my son and she didn't know how, I was shocked. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#14. I have the most fun writing and directing. And I always choose myself as the lead actor. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#15. I live in the country. I'm a bird-watcher, an oyster-raiser. You know, I'll do anything that - raise dogs for the blind as a volunteer. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#16. It took me a long time to be accepted as an actress, I think, because of the modeling and because of my mother. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#17. I always say that in my career as an actress, I've always worked with people like David Lynch or Guy Maddin or Peter Weir who are considered not mainstream directors and that could be because they are like my dad. They are pioneers, and pioneers, by definition, invent something new. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#18. I don't look at 'Vogue' to ask what I'm going to wear. Because it's something on a body too young. I have to look at the social pages to see women my age. To see how Amanda Burden is dressed and say, 'Hmmm. Maybe I should try that.' - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#19. When I took my clothes off in Blue Velvet, I wanted to convey the brutality of sex abuse. I wanted to look like a quartered cow hanging in a butcher shop as well as disturbingly appealing. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#20. You don't do an experimental film to become rich, so the people who are involved are involved because they enjoy the creative aspect of it. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#21. I seldom look at myself to avoid any self-criticism. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#22. That is the great pleasure of working with great directors. You get to look at the world through many different prisms. I guess I love talent, whatever form it takes. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#23. I've always been interested in animal behavior, and I keep reading about it because it's so surprising all the time - so many things are happening around us that we neglect to look at. Part of the passion I have for biology is based on this wonderment. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#24. Before Darwin, our world was very religious. People saw altruism as something given by God for us to be good so that we could go to Paradise. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#25. I didn't think I was going to be an actress. Everybody in my family was in films, and they succeeded so much, I thought, 'It's better for me to do something else,' and they agreed. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#26. Animation translates well to a small screen. When you look at Walt Disney or Chuck Jones - you know, Bugs Bunny - there really isn't any difference if you watch on a very big screen or a computer screen. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#27. There are so many spiders, and their rituals, their mating rituals, their courtship ritual, can be very, very different. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#28. A lot of the advertisement is done by saying: first of all, have a complex about who you are. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#29. If we are completely honest with ourselves, everyone has a dark side to their personalities. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#30. I was always interested in animals, but when I was little, animal behavior was still a new science. It was available to become a veterinarian, it was available to study biology, but not specifically animal behavior. In the '60s, Jane Goodall was the founder of this new science. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#31. I don't wear much makeup, except during work. I felt lucky to be chosen to be a model. I used to joke, 'The next best thing to winning the lottery is having a beauty contract.' - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#32. The first time I went to Hollywood, I was 25 years old. My background was mostly Italian. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#33. I didn't want to become an actress because the competition with my mother would have been to much to live up to. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#34. I loved modeling. I absolutely loved it. I was so happy to get the cover of 'Vogue' - 23 times. I keep each copy. I made more money as a model than as an actress or as a filmmaker. In monetary terms, beauty pays more than anything. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#35. When I was a teenager, I thought maybe I'll be a filmmaker, making film documentaries. My dream when I was a girl was I would be hired by 'National Geographic' or work with David Attenborough, but it didn't happen. I became a model. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#36. But my mother loved The Elephant Man, and my father gave David Lynch a scholarship to study in Rome. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#37. If you're sad and you like beer, I'm your lady, ... The Saddest Music in the World. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#38. Market research shows that older women like seeing older women in ads, and that younger women do, too - because they see them and are not frightened of growing older. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#39. David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#40. I'd love to meet Darwin. He caused such controversy over whether God created the earth in six days or whether we evolved over time. I'd love to discuss that with him - what a fantastic conversation! - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#41. Mammals are very close to us, but bugs are strange. They're more mysterious and exotic. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#42. Animals are everywhere. Some are more romantic, like tigers and elephants and chimpanzees, and some are less romantic, like earthworms, but they are just as interesting. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#43. I never really think about what I have to do to stick to my image. I just follow what I like to do. Sometimes it's glamorous, sometimes it's not. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#44. Most people divorce because one in the couple falls in love with someone else: it's a common cause of divorce. I still think that it's tinted - this is my opinion - with a veil of racism and American puritanism. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#45. My father used to say that you could only access culture before cinema by learning to read and write, but that once cinema was invented, knowledge was available to anybody. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#46. In interviews, the first question I get in America is always: 'What do you do to stay young?' I do nothing. I don't think aging is a problem. What irritates me a little is growing fatter. It irritates me that if I eat what I want to eat, it shows. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#47. When David left me I became totally brokenhearted. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#48. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved animals and been fascinated with them. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#49. The secret of using makeup for fashion is to have fun with it. When people see that you are playful, that's attractive. Sometimes people apply makeup because they have bags under their eyes or because they don't feel good, and that just reads 'insecure.' - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#50. I started modeling at 28. I'm 5-feet-7 1/2, and I never went on a diet. I followed what my doctor told me: 'It's good to have a little bit of fat. Your weight is fine. Don't go any lighter.' - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#51. My perfume, Manifesto, was based on the scent of basil. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#52. Every time you work, it's a new film, and generally when you work with auteurs, people that write and direct their films, there's always an originality. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#53. Although Dorothy in Blue Velvet was humiliated and hurt by men, basically I could react to how she felt. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#54. I am the daughter of Mr. Neo-realism: I should gravitate towards narrative simply told, character, the truth. And I do love those movies. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#55. I'd like this to become my principal activity: to make films about animals. Of course it's always interesting to model, but it depends who you are working with. I will continue to make acting, too, but I'm old - I'm getting tired of it. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#56. I'm always a little worried when people have met me in person because I'm worried they'll be disappointed. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#57. I live my everyday life as a person, and I react to my photos from a certain distance. When I look at a photo, I detach myself and look at it as a product - not as me, Isabella. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#58. There are consequences with age, so you have to evolve. I've loved becoming a filmmaker. But I would love to continue modeling, and there isn't really any job for me. It's being marginalized - that's the sad part. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#59. These same people seem to forget that mother also took a lot of chances with the type of roles she played. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#60. It's nice to go and be a guest on a television sitcom. It pays well; it's easy because generally it's a supporting role, so you go, you do two or three things, you're in touch with people there. They're widely popular, so they're seen by many people. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#61. I like to extend myself as an actress and David really helped me. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#62. To be an icon is a big job - it's beyond acting. And sometimes it pays, and sometimes it doesn't. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#63. If you look at most beauty advertisements, you would think that makeup is only for beautiful women in their early twenties. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#64. I was born with a love of animals, the same way I was born with brown hair. When I was a little girl in Rome, I always had pets, which I adored. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#65. I always have parmigiano-reggiano, olive oil and pasta at home. When people get sick, they want chicken soup; I want spaghetti with parmesan cheese, olive oil and a bit of lemon zest. It makes me feel better every time. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#66. It always amazed me that people believed I was this beautiful object. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#67. Women who stay true to themselves are always more interesting and beautiful to me: women like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Anna Magnani - women who have style, chic, allure and elegance. They didn't submit to any standard of beauty - they defined it. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#68. Many years in New York has made me urban, and I won't eat my chicken because I met him personally! - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#69. Adoption has the dimension of connection - not only to your own tribe, but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties and family. It is a larger embrace. By adopting, we stretch past our immediate circles and, by reaching out, find an unexpected sense of belonging with others. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#70. I always loved experimenting in film. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#71. When I grew up in Italy in the 1950s, it was still very agricultural. Food was very important; produce was very important. Everyone made their own olive oil. It took me a long time after I moved here to understand that Americans are much further away from their food. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#72. If a hamster has too many babies she knows she cannot carry, she not only abandons them, but she eats them. That means she doesn't have to go out and hunt for food for herself. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#73. If you see a person who's insecure and covers it up, it can be quite a problem. But the person who is insecure and shows you is quite appealing. They give you just the courage to drop your defenses. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#74. By the time I was successful with covers of 'Vogue' and 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'Vanity Fair' and the Lancome contract, someone asked how old I was. They almost fainted when I said 33. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#75. People use mobile phones in this very distracting environment where you probably don't have time to watch a 30-minute film, but you might have time to look at a film for a minute and learn something you didn't expect while you walk on the streets. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#76. I grew up in Italy, and our country is a country of great agriculture and food produce. It wasn't like I was urban and only knew about high-heeled shoes and purses and never knew where my eggs came from. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#77. As I grew older, I worked less as an actor and as a model, and I went back to what I had tried to do when I was young but wasn't really available. I'm so glad now to be in my sixties and to be able to go back to school. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#78. My films are comical films. They are made to laugh at. They are comical - and scientifically correct. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#79. It's a new business for me to be a filmmaker. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#80. I loved my career as a model, and that evolved into being an actress. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#81. There is this idea that you have to play heroines or women who succeed. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#82. I became an actress way into my 30s because I thought that I had to find my own way, and that's why I worked so much in modelling, until I realised that the differences between acting and modelling weren't that great. I always say that modelling is a little bit like being a silent actress. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#83. In America, they are paranoid about ruining the reputations of people once they are dead and cannot answer back. They have this fascination which to me seems cruel and morbid. I do not want any part of it. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#84. One of the great issues in biology is the origin of altruism - of why you would do something for someone else that could hurt you - and Darwin posited that it might be rooted in maternal instinct, in sacrificing yourself for your children. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#85. I've had a lot of 'aha' moments, but the big 'aha' about growing older is the mental freedom. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#86. I would like to be forgotten. What's so good about being remembered? - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#87. I live in New York, and the only live animals you see are cockroaches, rats and pigeons, which I admire immensely. When I see an animal that thrives in the garbage, I feel relief; in our urban environment, other animals are dying out. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#88. I think I was always interested in animals. If a man likes a woman, you know, he might discuss business, but there's a part of his brain that is looking at the girl coming in and checking the girls. I do the same with animals. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#89. I wanted to make a film about my dad, a sort of love letter, and explain what I understood of his cinema, which was so utopian. I also wanted to give the sense of his cinema, because they have never been very big box-office, but they were very influential. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#90. True elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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#91. The problem with middle age, at least when it comes to modeling, is you seldom see a model who is past 27, 28. If they use anyone older, then it becomes automatically a 'personality' story. - Author: Isabella Rossellini
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