Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 959-971. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Born at 12:50pm-CET.
Brother of Renzo Rossellini.
Father of Renzo Rossellini.
Father of Isabella Rossellini.
Hardly ever worked with a fixed script.
He and Ingrid Bergman made 6 movies together: The Greatest Love (1952), Giovanna d'Arco al rogo (1954), Fear (1954), Of Life and Love (1953), Stromboli (1950) and Journey to Italy (1954)
His children are: Renzo (b. August 24, 1941) and Marco (b. July 3, 1937 d. August 14, 1946 of peritonitis) with Marcella de Marchis; Renato Roberto Giusto Giuseppe "Robertino" "Robin" (b. February 2, 1950), Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna (b. June 18, 1952), and Isotta Ingrid Frieda Giuliana (b. June 18, 1952) with Ingrid Bergman; Gil (b. October 23, 1956 d. October 3, 2008 from a bacterial infection) and Raffaella (b. 1958) with Sonali Das Gupta.
His son Gil was originally named Arjun Das Gupta. His name was changed to Gil Rossellini after his father adopted him.
Invented a remote control zoom allowing himself to direct while moving in and out within frame.
President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1977.
Uncle of Franco Rossellini.
Was good friends with Fellini, De Sica, and Visconti.