Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri

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Alessandro Ruspoli
Gianna Segale and Alessandro Ruspoli 1955.jpg
Prince Alessandro Ruspoli with actress Gianna Segale in 1955
  • 9th Prince of Cerveteri
  • 9th Marquess of Riano
  • 14th Count of Vignanello
PredecessorPrince Alessandro Ruspoli
SuccessorPrince Francesco Ruspoli
Born(1924-12-09)9 December 1924
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died11 January 2005(2005-01-11) (aged 80)
Rome, Italy
  • Francesca dei Baroni Blanc
  • Nancy de Girard de Charbonnières
  • Theresa Patricia Genest
FatherPrince Francesco Ruspoli
MotherCountess Claudia Matarazzo
ReligionRoman Catholic Church

Alessandro "Dado", Principe Ruspoli (9 December 1924 – 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. 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:



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External links[edit]

  • "Prince Dado Ruspoli". Telegraph Media Group. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  • Dado Ruspoli on IMDb
  • Alessandro Ruspoli on a genealogical site
  • Daily Telegraph obituary
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Francesco Ruspoli, 8th Prince of Cerveteri
Prince of Cerveteri
Succeeded by
Francesco Ruspoli, 10th Prince of Cerveteri