Tao Ruspoli

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Tao Ruspoli
Tao Ruspoli self portrait.jpg
Tao Ruspoli's self portrait
Born (1975-11-07) November 7, 1975 (age 43)
ResidenceVenice, Los Angeles, California
CitizenshipItaly and United States
OccupationFilmmaker, musician, photographer
Olivia Wilde
(m. 2003; div. 2011)

Prince Tao Ruspoli (/ˈrʊspli/; born November 7, 1975) is an Italian-American filmmaker, photographer, and musician.

Left to right: Tao Ruspoli, Mark Wrathall and Iain Thomson, 2013

Early life[edit]

Ruspoli was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and raised in Rome, Italy and Los Angeles, California. He is the second son of occasional actor and aristocrat Prince Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri and Austrian-American actress Debra Berger.[1] He is the older brother of Bartolomeo Ruspoli (born 6 October 1978 in Rome), second husband of oil heiress Aileen Getty. His half-siblings include Francesco, 10th Prince of Cerveteri; Melusine, and Theodoro dei principi Ruspoli.

He graduated with a degree in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998.[2]


Ruspoli's feature narrative début, Fix, was one of 10 feature films to screen in competition at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and soon afterward at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where Ruspoli was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for "most innovative and progressive filmmaker". Fix also won the Festival Award for Best Film at the 2008 Brooklyn Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the 2008 Twin Rivers Media Festival, as well as other prizes at several international festivals.

His most well-known documentaries are Being in the World, an exploration of the real world implications of the philosophical work of Martin Heidegger, and Monogamish starring Dan Savage, Esther Perel, Christopher Ryan and others. His other films include Just Say Know, a personal discussion of his family's drug addiction. His other films include Flamenco: A Personal Journey, a feature-length documentary about the flamenco way of life as it is lived by Gypsies in the south of Spain. He has directed a number of other short documentaries, including El Cable (also about Flamenco), and This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan (a portrait of the renowned logician, mathematician and concert pianist Raymond Smullyan).

LAFCO (Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative) logo

He founded LAFCO in 2000. The Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative, is a bohemian collective of filmmakers and musicians who work out of a converted school bus. Through LAFCO, Ruspoli has produced several films.

His producing credits include the feature film Camjackers, which he also acted in and co-edited. Camjackers won the best editing award at the 44th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Tao is an accomplished flamenco guitar player and co-founder of the Bombay Beach Biennale.

Personal life[edit]

He married actress Olivia Wilde on 7 June 2003 in Washington, Virginia.[3] On 8 February 2011, they announced that they were separating.[4] Wilde filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on 3 March 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences".[5] The divorce was finalized on 29 September 2011. Wilde did not seek spousal support, and the pair reached a private agreement on property division.[6]

As of 2009, he lives and works in Venice, Los Angeles, as a photographer and filmmaker.[2]




  1. ^ "Obituaries: Prince Dado Ruspoli". The Daily Telegraph. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b West, Kevin (April 2009). "Celluloid Prince". W magazine. Archived from the original on 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  3. ^ Rizzo, Monica (12 November 2007). "Olivia Wilde". People Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  4. ^ Jordan, Julie (8 February 2011). "Olivia Wilde Separates from Husband Tao Ruspoli". People Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ Gopalan, Nisha (11 March 2011). "Olivia Wilde Divorces Tao Ruspoli". People Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  6. ^ Fleeman, Mike (3 October 2011). "Olivia Wilde Divorce Finalized". People Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

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