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Grande dame of stage and screen Danuta Szaflarska turns 100

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Nick Hodge 06.02.2015 09:23
Danuta Szaflarska, one of Poland's most distinguished actresses, marks her 100th birthday on Friday.
Danuta Szaflarska (L) and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz (R). Photo: PAP/Paweł SupernakDanuta Szaflarska (L) and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz (R). Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

The celebrations got underway early, with a lunch on Thursday with Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz.

Photo: PAP/Pawel Supernak

Szaflarska, who is still bagging roles on the silver screen, began her career in an underground theatre during World War II.

In 1944, she served as a messenger between Polish units during the ill-fated Warsaw Rising against the Nazi German occupiers.

Following the war, she acted first at the city's Old Theatre, but after 1949 she spent most of her career in Warsaw.

In film she worked with some of Poland's most distinguished directors, including Tadeusz Konwicki '(The Issa Valley') and Andrzej Wajda ('Korczak').

At the venerable age of 92 she took the lead role in Dorota Kędzierzawska's internationally acclaimed 'A Time to Die', winning the award for Best Actress at the 32nd Gdynia Film Festival.

From 17-21 February, the TR Warszawa theatre will be showing a retrospective of films that Szaflarska played in. (nh)

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