Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri

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Alessandro "Dado", Principe Ruspoli (Rome, December 9, 1924 – Rome, January 11, 2005) was an occasional actor and a playboy and eccentric aristocrat, the 9th Principe di Cerveteri, 9th Marchese di Riano and 14th Conte di Vignanello, who is said to have inspired Federico Fellini into making his famous movie La Dolce Vita. He was the first cousin once removed of Brazilian director Jayme Monjardim. His paternal grandmother's mother, wife of Don Antonio Duca Lante Montefeltro della Rovere, was Mathilda (Tilly) Davis, daughter of wealthy New York real estate developer Thomas E. Davis.[1] Dado's great-great-great-great-great-uncle was Bartolomeo Ruspoli. He was also the former father-in-law of actress Olivia Wilde, father-in-law of Aileen Getty (former daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Taylor), and a fifth cousin of actor Bart Ruspoli.

Dado was born in Rome in 1924. His mother and father's first wife Claudia dei Conti Matarazzo, who died when he was 9, was heiress to one of the largest fortunes in Brazil. His father Francesco Ruspoli, 8th Prince of Cerveteri, later a poet, fought in both world wars. Dado became known for his extravagant lifestyle in the 1950s and 60s. He was friends with Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dalí, Truman Capote, Roger Vadim, Roman Polanski, Emmanuelle Arsan and many others.


Marriages and children[edit]

He married firstly in Rome on December 8, 1947 Nobile Francesca dei Baroni Blanc (Rome, June 27, 1920 – Milan, February 27, 1962), daughter of Nobile Mario dei Baroni Blanc and wife Anita Felici, without issue.

He married secondly at Vignanello on May 5, 1964, later divorced, Nancy de Girard de Charbonnières (Pouillon, April 18, 1939 –), daughter of Roger Jean de Girard de Charbonnières and wife Andrée Marie Pommarede, and had issue, an only son:

  • Francesco Ruspoli, 10th Prince of Cerveteri

Between marriages he had two sons by actress Debra Berger (March 17, 1957 –), daughter of William Berger's first marriage:

He married thirdly in Rome on November 20, 1993 Theresa Patricia Genest, and had issue, a daughter and a son:

  • Mathilde Mélusine dei Principi Ruspoli (Paris, July 25, 1994 –)
  • Théodore Alexandre dei Principi Ruspoli (Paris, April 30, 1997 –)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Geneall - Matilda Davis". Geneall.en. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Italian nobility
Preceded by
Francesco Ruspoli, 8th Prince of Cerveteri
Prince of Cerveteri
Succeeded by
Francesco Ruspoli, 10th Prince of Cerveteri