Andreini, Isabella Canali

Andreini, Isabella Canali ē˝zäbĕl´lä ändrāē´nē [key], 1562–1604, Italian actress. Beautiful, elegant, and well-educated, she was one of the most famous performers of her time. She joined the Gelosi troupe, becoming a leading player, and married the troupe's manager, Francesco Andreini, in 1578. She wrote the pastoral Mirtilla (1588) her collected letters appeared in 1607. Andreini was lauded by the poets Tasso and Marini.

See R. Gilder, Enter the Actress (1931).

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