Movie actress Isabella Rossellini has yet to achieve the film career she
craves - because of her Italian accent.
The daughter of Hollywood legend Ingrid Bergman believes her accent has
prevented her from achieving an illustrious acting career in the mould of her
late Casablanca mother.
Rossellini complains about the film industry, "They are not interested in
"Generally you have to be in your twenties, you can't have an accent, you
must have blue eyes.
"There are certain things I am not.
"Look at me, I'm 51. I don't have the age for a career in Hollywood as a
sweetheart, you know?"
As to why New York-based Rossellini has never lost her accent after
spending over three decades in the city, she says, "You can only lose the
accent if you learn a language when you're young.
"My original language was Italian and I didn't learn English until I was
in my twenties."