Isabella Ferrari

Isabella Ferrari
Born Isabella Fogliazza
(1964-03-31) 31 March 1964
Ponte dell'Olio, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation actress
Known for Police Commissioner Giovanna Scalise in Distretto di Polizia
Spouse(s) Massimo Osti
Renato De Maria
Children Teresa (born 1995), Nina (born 1998), Giovanni (born 2001)

Isabella Ferrari (born 31 March 1964), is the stage name of Isabella Fogliazza, an Italian actress of television, theatre and the cinema. She is best known as the protagonist, Commissioner Giovanna Scalise in the police drama series Distretto di Polizia (Police District) and Distretto di Polizia 2 (Police District 2) which was televised on Mediaset's Canale 5 from 2000 to 2001. At the 1995 Venice Film Festival she won a Volpi Cup award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Romanzo di un giovane povero.[1]


Ferrari was born Isabella Fogliazza in Ponte dell'Olio, Province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna. At the age of 16 she was elected Miss Teenager in a contest held in a discoteque. She made her acting debut at the age of 17[2] as Selvaggia in the Carlo Vanzini comedy Sapore di mare in 1982; she also performed in the film's sequel Sapore di mare 2- un anno dopo. Since then she has regularly performed in films, television and the theatre. She is best known to the Italian audience as Police Commissioner Giovanna Scalise, the protagonist in the first two seasons of the police drama series Distretto di Polizia.

At the 1995 Venice Film Festival, Ferrari won a Volpi Cup for Best Supporting Actress in the Ettore Scola film Romanzo di un giovane povero in which she played the part of Andreina.

She was nominated to the David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 thanks to her performance in The Goodbye Kiss and in 2008 for her performance in Quiet Chaos.

Personal life

Ferrari lives in Rome, Italy, and is the mother of three children.[3] Her eldest daughter, Teresa, who was born in 1995, is by her first husband, Massimo Osti; and her younger daughter, Nina (born 1998), and son, Giovanni (born 2001) are by her second husband, director Renato De Maria.




  1., retrieved 31-3-10
  2. Interview with Isabella Ferrari Venice 2006 on 29 August 2006,; retrieved 31-3-10
  3. Interview with Isabella Ferrari, Libertà OnLine, 11 May 2001, www.libertà.it, retrieved 31 March 2010

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