Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri

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Alessandro Ruspoli
Gianna Segale and Alessandro Ruspoli 1955.jpg
Alessandro Ruspoli with actress Gianna Segale in 1955
Born 9 December 1924
Rome, Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Kingdom of Italy
Died 11 January 2005
Rome,  Italy
Residence Palazzo Ruspoli (Rome)
  • IX Prince of Cerveteri
  • IX Marquess of Riano
  • XIV Count of Vignanello

1st Francesca dei Baroni Blanc 2nd Nancy de Girard de Charbonnières

3rd Theresa Patricia Genest
Family House of Ruspoli

Alessandro "Dado", Principe Ruspoli (Rome, 9 December 1924 – Rome, 11 January 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 in making his famous movie La Dolce Vita[citation needed]. Dado descends from a brother of Cardinal Bartolomeo 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]

Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri and his wife, Francesca dei Baroni Blanc

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

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

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

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


  • La casa del sorriso aka The House of Smiles (1988) : Andrea
  • The Godfather Part III (1990) : Vanni
  • Il giardino dei ciliegi aka The Cherry Orchard (1992)
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1 episode, "Florence, May 1908", 1993) : Professor Reale
  • Just Say Know (2002) : Himself
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid (2007) (V) :
  • Marco Ferreri, il regista che venne dal futuro (2007) : Himself


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