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Halina Kwiatkowska is dead. The actress was 99 years old. She played, among others in the films “Ashes and Diamonds” and “Lalka”

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Halina Kwiatkowska, Krakow actress, educator, writer and traveler, friend from Karol Wojtyła’s school and student years, died on Friday night at the age of 99. The information about her death was provided by the Union of Polish Stage Artists. Kwiatkowska starred in, among others, “Popiel i Diamond” by Andrzej Wajda and “Lalka” by Wojciech Has.

“We regret to announce that Halina Kwiatkowska, a wonderful Krakow actress, educator, writer and traveler, a distinguished member of ZASP, passed away tonight in Konstancin,” wrote on the Association’s Facebook profile.

Halina Kwiatkowska (born April 25, 1921 in Bochnia, as Helena Królikiewiczówna) was a friend from Karol Wojtyła’s school and student years, with whom she performed on the school stage and at the Rhapsodic Theater.

Halina Kwiatkowska’s first theatrical experiences began in a gymnasium in her home town of Wadowice. There was an amateur interschool theater. Together with Karol Wojtyła, she played Aniela in Aleksander Fredro’s “Maidens’ Vows” and the title roles in Juliusz Słowacki’s “Balladyna” and “Antigone” by Sophocles.

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Kwiatkowska’s actual stage debut took place on November 1, 1941 in the performance of Juliusz Słowacki’s “Król Duch” at the underground Rhapsodic Theater created in Krakow by Mieczysław Kotlarczyk.

The actress performed at the Rapsodyczny Theater until 1947. Later, she collaborated with theaters in Krakow: Teatr TUR (1947-48), State Dramatic Theaters (1948-53).

In 1954, with the role of Waria in “The Cherry Orchard” (Antoni Chekhov), directed by Władysław Krzemiński, she started working in the Stary Teatr ensemble, with which she cooperated for many years. She played dozens of very diverse roles, working with with Jerzy Jarocki, Konrad Swinarski, Józef Szajna and Zygmunt Huebner.

She played nine film roles, including in “Popiel i Diamond” with Andrzej Wajda and in “The Doll” by Wojciech Has.

Halina Kwiatkowska died at the age of 99PAP Grzegrz Giełązka


Halina Kwiatkowska was a lecturer at the State Theater School in Krakow for 40 years (now the Stanisław Wyspiański Academy of Theater Arts). She taught songs, prose, poems, and finally the object she created – “the culture of being”. She raised 586 students. Together with Ewa Otwinowska, she wrote two plays: “Marriage Announcement” and “A Situation Without a Way Out”.

She was the author of memoirs: “Corporations with memory”, “Wielki Kolega”, “Boy’s trail, that is, a cabaret” (co-authored by Bruno Miecugow) and “No such saint”. She was awarded, among others, with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, the Honorary Award of the Polish Culture Foundation and the Honoris Gratia Medal.

Main photo source: PAP Grzegrz Giełązka


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