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Barbara Borys-Damięcka is dead. The senator and director was 85 years old

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Barbara Borys-Damięcka has passed away. She was a theater and television director, and from 2007 she was a member of the Senate on behalf of Platforma Obywatelska. Borys Budka, head of the Civic Coalition club, announced her death on social media. As he wrote, he was “an extraordinary character, devoted to culture and other people”.

“Today, Barbara Borys-Damięcka, a theater and television director, and a senator of the Republic of Poland since 2007, left us. An extraordinary character, devoted to culture and another man. Honor to her memory,” Borys Budka, chairman of KO, wrote on Twitter.

Barbara Borys-Damięcka has been a member of the Senate since 2007Mateusz Wlodarczyk / Forum

The chairman of the Civic Coalition Senators Group Marcin Bosacki also posted an entry. “Barbara Borys-Damięcka, an outstanding director, a tireless senator, died. The rock of the democratic Senate of this term. Farewell, Basia,” we read.

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“Very sad news. Our good friend Barbara Borys-Damięcka, theater and film director, has passed away. Senator since 2007. We saw each other in the theater not so long ago … Basia, I can’t believe it. We will remember,” wrote Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, PO MP.

“It is with great sadness and regret that I received the news of the death of Senator Barbara Borys-Damięcka, Senior Marshal of the 10th term, a woman full of warmth and commitment to the affairs of the homeland,” wrote Tomasz Grodzki, Marshal of the Senate.

“I express my deepest sympathy to the family and relatives. Farewell Basiu” – added Marshal Grodzki in a Twitter post.

“This is a great loss for Polish culture and politics”

“We have just received very sad news. Barbara Borys-Damięcka, theater and television director, long-time senator, director of the Syrena Theater in 1997-2008 has died,” the Warsaw theater wrote on Facebook.

“She directed many performances at Syrena (including ‘The Ballade of Czerniakowska, or Barefoot, but in Spurs’ and ‘Królowa Śniegu’, one of the most popular performances for children in the history of the stage at Litewska St.), under her direction the theater was rebuilt and obtained its present appearance, was also one of the most popular and most liked theaters in Warsaw at that time.

It was emphasized that “Barbara Borys-Damięcka remained Syrena’s great friend until the very end, regularly supporting the team at premieres and always offering advice and a good word.”

“This is a great loss for Polish culture and politics. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Barbara Borys-Damięcka’s family and relatives” – we read on the Syrena Theater’s Facebook profile.

Excellent election result

Barbara Borys-Damięcka ran for the Senate for the first time in 2007 in the Warsaw district on behalf of Platforma Obywatelska. At that time, she won the largest number of votes in Poland – 605,972. Since then, she has been a member of the chamber. In the current term of the Senate, she was the senior marshal.

She was born on November 2, 1937 in Warsaw. In 1958, she graduated from the Department of Production Organization and Directing of the National Film School in Łódź. She obtained the titles of film production manager and director.

As written in the biography on the Senate website, she “cooperated as an assistant in the production of several films directed by Andrzej Munk”. “In the years 1958-1996, she worked for Telewizja Polska. She was an assistant director, director, director of the Television Production Department, vice-president of TVP, head of the TVP team and advisor to the TVP Management Board,” we read. From 1997 to 2007, she was also the general and artistic director of the Syrena Theater in Warsaw.

In 1987 she received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and in 1998 she was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. She was also awarded the Silver Medal of Merit in Culture Gloria Artis in 2007 and the Polonicus Award in 2014.

Main photo source: Mateusz Wlodarczyk / Forum

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