Author(s): Bella Vendramini
Bella is an adventurer; she has travelled the world and worked in all sorts of jobs but the thread running through her life is acting. And as an actor, studying at the Strasberg school in New York was her goal. She said about her first visit there: "I asked the receptionist, 'How do you get into a school like this?' And the receptionist smiled and said, 'Don't try. It's impossible, darling.' And we both had a bit of a giggle and I said, 'Right, give me the application forms.' " This is the story of how Bella took on New York - her brilliant love affair that turned sour, the friends she made, her acting and her studies and day-to-day life in that fabulous town. For most of us this is a dream but for Bella it's her life and she writes about it with passion but also surprise at where she has let life take her.
Bella Vendramini holds dual Australian and New Zealand citizenships and is the daughter of author Rosie Scott and filmmaker Danny Vendramini. At the age of 14 she played Juliet at La Boite Theatre, Australia and performed with the La Byte actor's troupe of Brisbane. Bella has also performed in various films, including the title role in the Australian Independent feature film Playing with Piranhas, as well as winning the audience award for Best Actress at the TAP gallery awards for short film, The Philanderers. In theatre, among others, Bella has performed in Iolanthe at The Sydney Opera House, The Taming of The Shrew with Shakespeare By The Sea Troupe, The Servant of Two Masters with Blackmoon Theatre and Terrorism at The Marilyn Monroe Theatre. Bella trained at The Actor's Center, various studies at The National Institute of Dramatic Art and recently two years at The Lee Strasberg Institute of New York. A TV show, Down and Out, based on her memoirs, is in pre-production with Essential Viewing.