|ACTOR, SINGER (ITALY)|
BORN 16 Jun 1796, Pescia (near Lucca) - DIED 1 Feb 1861, Torino|
GRAVE LOCATION Torino, Piemonte: Cimitero Monumentale, Corso Novara (A 49 (Ampliazone Primitivo Nicchione 213))
Carlotta Marchionni acted from an early age. When Sylvio Pellico saw her during his stay in Milan (1810-1812) he was struck by her beauty and he wrote his own version of Francesca da Rimini for her. It was performed in 1815 in Milan and again in 1818. Pellico even fell in love with her cousin Teresa 'Gegia' Marchionni. At the same time friend Piero Maroncelli was courting Carlotta. Both were soon imprisoned for many years because of their patriotic activities.
In later years it was written that she proclaimed her words rather than she spoke them, which was not unusual at the time. She worked with the young Adelaide Ristori, who regarded her as an excellent teacher. She withdrew from the stage in 1840.
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