Andreini, Isabella Canali

Andreini, Isabella Canali

(ē'zäbĕl`lä ändrāē`nē), 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.

Bibliography

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