Sydne Rome (born March 17, 1951) is an American-Italian film actress.[1] Her first name is often misspelled Sydney or Sidney.

Sydne Rome
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Sydne Rome in The Gamecock (1974)
Born (1951-03-17) March 17, 1951 (age 71)
(m. 1973, divorced)

Roberto Bernabei
(m. 1987)


Born in Akron, Rome grew up in a wealthy, Jewish family in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Her father was president of a plastics corporation in the Akron area. She started her career in 1969 in the British movie Some Girls Do. She then appeared in Italian films, often playing the young, seemingly innocent American abroad, and also in Spaghetti Westerns. Subsequently she made forays into German film and television. Since the late 90s she has acted in Italian TV films and series.

At the beginnings of the 1980s, Rome became an icon of the aerobics craze and published workout videos as well as the album "Aerobic Fitness Dancing", produced by Frank Farian and recorded in German, Spanish and Italian.[2] As a singer, she recorded the single "Angelo prepotente" (1980) in Italian, English ("For You") and German ("Wozu"). She also recorded a cover version of Marty Balin's hit "Hearts".

At some point in her life, Rome's face was disfigured in a car crash.[3]

In 1973, Rome married Emilio Lari; subsequently, she converted to Catholicism and married the gerontologist Roberto Bernabei.[4][5] She has been living in her eponymous city, Rome, Italy, since the early 1970s. Bernabei and Rome have two grown children.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Sydne Rome". International New York Times. Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sydne Rome – Aerobic Fitness Dancing (1983, Gatefold, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Sydne Rome talks about Today is another day: the accident, the daughters, the loves". Tips for Womens [sic]. November 11, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Nomina del Medico personale del Santo Padre: Roberto Bernabei". Bollettino (Press release). Holy See Press Office. February 24, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  5. ^ Pentin, Edward (February 24, 2021). "Pope's New Doctor: A Gerontologist Who Sees COVID as Normal Disease". National Catholic Register. Retrieved November 18, 2021. Bernabei, 69, is married to American-Italian film actress and former showgirl, Sydne Rome, a convert to Catholicism...

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sydne Rome at Wikimedia Commons