Isa Barzizza

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Isa Barzizza
Isa Barzizza 1948.jpg
Barzizza in Fifa e arena (1948)
Born (1929-11-22) 22 November 1929 (age 87)
Sanremo, Italy
Occupation Actress

Isa Barzizza (22 November 1929) is an Italian stage, film and television actress. She has appeared in 46 films since 1947.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Sanremo, Barzizza is the daughter of the conductor and composer Pippo Barzizza.[1] She started working in amateur dramatics at very young age, and she made her professional debut while still being a high school student, notably working with the stage companies led by Ruggero Ruggeri, Elsa Merlini and by the brothers Eduardo, Peppino and Titina De Filippo.[1]

Breakout and success[edit]

Barzizza and Totò in Bluebeard's Six Wives (1948)

Barzizza had her breakout in 1946, when during a visit to her father she was noted by Erminio Macario who chose her for the revue Follie d'Amleto.[1] In a few years she established herself as a star in the revue genre, working several times with Macario, Totò and Wanda Osiris.[1] Following her stage success, Barzizza also started a busy film career in the comedic genre, often teaming with Totò.[1] In 1955, she starred in Valentina, which is considered the first genuine stage musical comedy produced in Italy.[1]

Marriage and semi-retirement[edit]

In 1956 Barzizza married the screenwriter and director Carlo Alberto Chiesa, and following the birth of their daughter Carlotta she retired from showbusiness.[1] In 1960 the couple were involved in a car accident and Chiesa died shortly later under the knife.[1][2] Vidowed, Barzizza run a company of dubbing and production of television series.[1] Starting from the mid-1970s she made sporadic appearances in films and on television.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gianfranco Baldazzi. "Isa Barzizza". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990.
  2. ^ a. n. (June 4, 1960). "Il regista C. A. Chiesa marito di Isa Barzizza muore per l'incidente d'auto mentre viene operato". La Stampa (134). 
  3. ^ Adele Gallotti (February 13, 1989). "Isa è sempre Barzizza e dice: «Mai dire mai»". La Stampa (42). 

External links[edit]