Beatrice 

Beatrice Welles is the daughter of legendary film auteur Orson Welles and Paola Mori, countess di Gerfalco, of an ancient noble family from Gerfalco, Tuscany dating back to 400 AD.

Her father, who co-wrote and directed "Citizen Kane," introduced her to a world of stardom and creativity. She was raised in Europe with private tutors and a view of the world shared by almost no one else.  She dined with Queen Elizabeth II and rode horses with Prince Charles. The goddaughter of Frank Sinatra, Beatrice counted Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Bianca Jagger among her closest friends.
   

A devastating injury ended her equestrian career. Unbowed, Beatrice reinvented herself as a model with layouts in Vogue and work on the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York wearing the clothes of Valentino, Halston and Chanel. Her poise and intelligence made her a media natural and she became the news director at KAZM radio in Arizona in the early 1970s and later a regional television personality. She was a longtime spokeswoman for a major Southwestern automotive dealership and sought after guest speaker. CBS approached her with an eye at developing her for a much larger market, an offer she declined because of personal ties.

Influenced by her association with makeup icons Kevin Aucion and Barbara Daly and a desire to establish herself as a successful businesswoman, she developed her own line of cosmetics and counted H.R.H., Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Rivers and Oprah Winfrey among her famous clients. Her creativity was further demonstrated with the creation of a line of designer handbags and jewelry, known as "Bibi's Baubles," which reflected her life as a world traveler.

Tragedy struck in 1985 when Beatrice lost her father, mother and grandmother within a span of just nine months. At the same time, a longtime romantic relationship came to a sudden, unexpected end.

Alone for the first time in her life, she found herself having to safeguard her father’s cinematic legacy in an industry that had never been kind to the maverick filmmaker. Further complicating matters was a convoluted estate and complicated rights issues, which had to be untangled.

Beatrice was forced to work through her personal grief as she took up the mantle of protector of the Welles legacy.

She collaborated on the restoration of his "Othello," which made a triumphant return to the Cannes Festival in 1992 – 40 years after its release. Beatrice is far more familiar with her father’s work than many Welles scholars and self-proclaimed experts, who never met him. As a young actress, she had been directed by her father in "Chimes at Midnight” and “Nella terra di Don Chisciotte” and spent countless hours with him in the editing room. His 1968 movie "The Immortal Story" was filmed in the family's home near Madrid.

Beatrice has worked as an Animal  Advocate crusader, helping establish the very first low cost spay and neuter clinic in the U.S. She battled and overcame an illness that nearly left her incapacitated and confined to her bed.

In 2015, the centennial of Orson Welles' birth was celebrated with events on five continents. Beatrice took part in numerous interviews and public appearances. She was the keynote speaker at the Sedona International Film Festival and special guest at the prestigious Film Forum in New York.

At present, Beatrice is involved in the acclaimed restoration and re-release of "Chimes at Midnight" and completion of her father’s final film, "The Other Side of the Wind.” She is arranging a gallery exhibit of his paintings, and collaborating on an exciting new book based on previously unpublished letters detailing his rise to fame and never-before-seen sketches.

Beatrice, a Nevada resident, has been a guest speaker before groups fascinated by her unique life, personal struggles and her father's brilliant career.

 

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