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Krystyna Janda
Krystyna Janda
(born 18 December 1952, in Starachowice, Poland) is a Polish film and theater actress best known internationally for playing leading roles in several films by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, including Man of Marble
Man of Marble
(Człowiek z marmuru, 1976) and Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza, 1981). In 1981, Janda played in the Academy Award-winning movie Mephisto. In 1982, she played the lead character in Ryszard Bugajski's film Przesłuchanie (Interrogation), which first premiered seven years later in 1989, following the collapse of communism. Despite the film's late release, she garnered international acclaim for her performance, including winning Best Actress
at the Cannes Film
Festival[1] and Polish Film Festival
Polish Film Festival
in 1990. In 1993, she was a member of the jury at the 43rd Berlin International Film
Festival.[2] Janda is also known for her leading role in the second episode of Dekalog series of Krzysztof Kieślowski. She is considered one of the greatest and most popular actresses in the history of Polish cinema.


1 Life and work 2 Personal life 3 Selected filmography 4 Television series 5 Discography (guest performances) 6 Honors and awards

6.1 Other awards

7 References 8 External links

Life and work[edit] She was born on 18 December 1952 in Starachowice, Polish People's Republic. She graduated from the Wojciech Gerson
Wojciech Gerson
State High School
High School
of Fine Arts
Fine Arts
in Warsaw
(Polish: Zespół Państwowych Szkół Plastycznych im. Wojciecha Gersona w Warszawie), and in 1975 she graduated from the State Dramatic Arts College in Warsaw
(currently the Aleksander Zelwerowicz
Aleksander Zelwerowicz
State Theatre Academy). She made her acting debut in 1974 playing the role of Maria Kulygina in Anton Chekhov's play Three Sisters, directed by Aleksander Bardini and broadcast in a Television Theatre production. In the same year, she played the role of Mannequin 34 in a street grotesque play The Ball of Mannequins by Polish futurist poet Bruno Jasieński, directed by Janusz Warmiński. In 1976, she played in the role of Dorian Gray based on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey, adapted by John Osborne
John Osborne
and directed by Andrzej Łapicki
Andrzej Łapicki
in Warsaw's "Little Theatre". In the years 1976–1987 she worked as an actress in the Ateneum Theatre
Ateneum Theatre
in Warsaw.[3][4] She made her film debut in 1973, when she starred in the historical-based TV series
TV series
Czarne chmury ("Black Clouds"), but a turning point in her acting career came with the role of Agnieszka in Andrzej Wajda's Man of Marble
Man of Marble
(1976).[5] She became known for portraying strong and determined female characters with complex personalities in her film roles. Apart from Man of Marble, her most memorable roles include characters in critically acclaimed films like Man of Iron, Interrogation and My Mom's Lovers.[6] She also embarked on a career as a singer and made her debut in 1977 during the 15th National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, where she sang the song Guma do żucia ("The Chewing Gum") with lyrics written by Marek Grechuta. In the 1980s she appeared in numerous films and stage productions and started working as a film and theatre director herself. In 1995 she directed the film Pestka based on a novel by Anka Kowalska. During her professional career she has played over 60 theatre roles in virtually all the major theatre genres as well as appeared in around 100 films. Her role in Euripides's Medea is considered among her most successful ones. She is particularly known for her artistic collaboration with renowned Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrzej Wajda. She starred in six of his films altogether: Man of Marble
Man of Marble
(1976), Man of Iron (1981), Without Anesthesia
Without Anesthesia
(1978), The Orchestra Conductor (1980), Solidarity, Solidarity... Man of Hope (2005), and Sweet Rush (2009). Throughout her career, she has received numerous prestigious awards, such as Best Actress
at the 1990 Cannes Film
Festival[1], Silver Shell for Best Actress
at the San Sebastian Film
Festival for her role in Waldemar Krzystek's film Zwolnienie z życia[7], Best Actress
Award at the 1987 Montreal Film Festival
Montreal Film Festival
for the role in Helma Sanders-Brahms's Laputa[8], Best Actress
Award at the Belgrade Film
Festival for Interrogation,[9] the Zbigniew Cybulski Award
Zbigniew Cybulski Award
for best young Polish actress, as well as 4 Golden Duck Awards. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Polish cinema
Polish cinema
and was selected in a 1998 Polityka
magazine survey among the greatest actresses of the 20th century.[10] In 2005, she established her own private "Polonia Theatre" in Warsaw.[11] She is also the founder and head of the Krystyna Janda Cultural Foundation. In 2010, her foundation opened another theatre in Warsaw
– the "Och-teatr" in the district of Ochota.[12] She has also worked as a columnist in a number of magazines such as Poradnik domowy, Pani, and Uroda. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Fundacja Okularnicy, which is a foundation dedicated to the promotion and popularization of Agnieszka Osiecka's poetic legacy. Personal life[edit] In the years 1974–1979 she was in a relationship with actor Andrzej Seweryn. In 1981, she married Edward Kłosiński, who died on 5 January 2008. She has three children: daughter Maria Seweryn
Maria Seweryn
and two sons Adam and Jędrzej Kłosiński. She is Lutheran. Janda currently lives in Milanówek
near Warsaw. Selected filmography[edit]

1976: Man of Marble
Man of Marble
– Agnieszka 1977: Pani Bovary to ja (pl) – Krystyna 1977: Granica (pl) – Elżbieta Biecka 1978: Without Anesthesia
Without Anesthesia
– Agata 1978: Bestia (pl) – Anna 1979: Manchmal besucht der Neffe die Tante (guest performance) 1980: Der grüne Vogel (de) – Katzka Widuchowski 1980: The Orchestra Conductor – Marta 1980: Golem (fr) – Rozyna 1980: W biały dzień – Ewa 1980: Uoni – Kira Kirova 1981: On, ona, oni (pl) – psychologist 1981: Man of Iron – Agnieszka 1981: Mephisto – Barbara Bruckner 1981: The War of the Worlds: Next Century – Gea 1981: Fik – Mik – Doktor Anita 1982: Avant la bataille – as herself 1982: Ce fut un bel été – Wanda 1982: Espion, lève-toi
Espion, lève-toi
– Anna Gretz 1982: Interrogation – Antonina Dziwisz 1983: Bella Donna – Lena 1983: Stan wewnętrzny (pl) – Ewa Jaskólska 1983: To tylko Rock (pl) – Majka Lenczewska 1983: Synteza (pl) – Gloria Lamb 1984: Glut – Anna 1984: O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization – Gea 1984: Der Bulle und das Mädchen (de) – Gerlinde 1985: Vertiges – Maria 1985: Kochankowie mojej mamy (pl) – Krystyna Traczyk 1986: Laputa – Malgorzata 1986: W zawieszeniu (pl) – Anna Mroczyńska 1987: On the Silver Globe – Aza 1987: A Short Film
About Killing – Dorota 1988: Dekalog: Two – Dorota Geller 1988: Dekalog: Five – Dorota Geller 1989: Inventory – Julia 1991: Kuchnia polska (pl) – Margaret Szymanko 1992: Zwolnieni z życia (pl) – French woman 1995: Pestka (pl) – Agata Koman 1995: Tato (pl) – Magda 1995: Opowieści weekendowe: Niepisane prawa (pl) – Halina 1995: Matka swojej matki (pl) – Ewa Kozłowska 1997: An Air So Pure
An Air So Pure
– Ms. Leduroy 2000: Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease
Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease
– Anna 2000: Żółty szalik (pl) – wife 2000: Weiser (de) – Elka 2001: Przedwiośnie (pl) – Jadwiga Barykowa 2002: Superprodukcja (pl) – Krystyna Janda 2005: Parę osób, mały czas (pl) – Jadwiga Stańczakowa 2005: Call of the Toad – Aleksandra Piątkowska 2007: Ryś (pl) – Wiadro 2009: Tatarak – Marta / Actress 2009: Reverse – Irena Jankowska, Sabina's mother 2011: Elles – Alicja's mother 2015: Panie Dulskie - Melania Dulska's grandmother

Television series[edit]

1973: Czarne chmury (pl), Polish TV series
TV series
– dancer 1978: Rodzina Połanieckich (pl), Polish TV series
TV series
– Christina 1979: Doktor Murek (pl), Polish TV series
TV series
– Zośka "Arletka" 1984: Eine blaßblaue Frauenschrift (de), Austrian TV film based on Pale blue ink in a lady's hand novel [13] – Amelia Tachezy 1988: Wilder Westen inclusive (de) – Marianne Küssling 1989: Modrzejewska (pl), Polish TV series
TV series
– Helena Modrzejewska 1991: Kuchnia polska (pl), Polish political film and TV series
TV series
– Margaret Szymanko 1993: Der große Bellheim (de) – Maria Bellheim 2002: Przedwiośnie (pl), TV series
TV series
based on The Spring to Come novel – Jadwiga Barykowa 2003–2004: Męskie-żeńskie (pl), Polish TV comedy series – Lilka Janicka 2007: Niania (pl), TV series, remake of American sitcom The Nanny
The Nanny
- Episode 66: "Moje perły" – as herself 2011: Bez tajemnic (pl), Polish TV series
TV series
– Barbara Lewicka

Discography (guest performances)[edit]

1984: Krystyna Janda
Krystyna Janda
i Marek Grechuta
Marek Grechuta
W malinowym chruśniaku (Polskie Nagrania Muza) 1985: Music from Poland
at midem '85 (Polskie Nagrania Muza) 1990: Marek Grechuta
Marek Grechuta
Anawa – Ocalić od zapomnienia (Polskie Nagrania Muza) 1991: Marek Grechuta
Marek Grechuta
Anawa – Ocalić od zapomnienia (Polskie Nagrania Muza) 1996: Summer Hits 2 – Piosenki na lato (Caston) 2001: Marek Grechuta
Marek Grechuta
Serce 2005: Marek Grechuta
Marek Grechuta
Serce (Pomaton EMI) 2007: Trójka live! Agnieszka Osiecka
Agnieszka Osiecka
– Kobiety mojego życia (3 SKY MEDIA) Człowiek z żelaza śpiewa Balladę o Janku Wiśniewskim ("The Man of Marble Sings the Janek Wiśniewski Ballad") Pięć oceanów ("The Five Oceans") featuring Agnieszka Osiecka's works, Janda she sings the Na zakręcie song

Honors and awards[edit]

Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta
Order of Polonia Restituta
(2011) Golden Medal of the Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis
Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis
(2005) Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta
Order of Polonia Restituta
(2002) Distinguished Cultural Activist Award (1997) Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
(1991, France) Golden Cross of Merit (1989)

Other awards[edit]

Zbigniew Cybulski Award
Zbigniew Cybulski Award
(1978) Silver Asteroid for the role in Piotr Szulkin's film Golem at the 19th Trieste Science+Fiction Festival
Trieste Science+Fiction Festival
(1981) Best Actress
Award at the Montreal Film Festival
Montreal Film Festival
(1986) Aleksander Zelwerowicz
Aleksander Zelwerowicz
Award (1988) Polish Cultural Foundation Award for her role in the film Interrogation (1989) Vittorio de Sica
Vittorio de Sica
Medal (1990) Golden Duck for Best Actress
(1990) Best Actress
Award at the Gdynia Film
Festival (1990) Best Actress
Award at the Cannes Film
Festival (1990) Nomination for European Film
Awards, Best Actress
category (1990) Best Actress
Award at the Belgrade Film
Festival for her role in Ryszard Bugajski's film Interrogation (1991) Silver Shell at the San Sebastian Film
Festival (1992) Golden Duck for Best Actress
(1993) Best Debut Award for her film Pestka at the 20th Gdynia Film Festival(1995) Super Golden Duck for Best Actress
in the History of Polish Cinema (1996) Telekamera Audience Award for the Most Popular Actress
(1998) SuperWiktor Lifetime Achievement Award (1998) Nomination for Polish Film
Awards for Best Actress
Award in the film Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease(2001) Golden Lions Award at the Gdynia Film
Festival for the film Parę osób, mały czas (2005) Medaille Charlemagne pour des Medias Européens (2006) Nomination for Polish Film
Awards for Best Actress
Award in the film Wróżby kumaka (2006) Golden Duck for Best Actress
of Half a Century (2007) Hiacynt LGBT
Award for "her unwavering support for the idea of tolerance in her theatre, film and Internet activity" (2007) Nomination for Polish Film
Awards for Best Actress
Award in the film Parę osób, mały czas (2008) The Capital City of Warsaw
Award for her contributions to the promotion of the city of Warsaw


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External links[edit]

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Krystyna Janda
at filmpolski.pl Krystyna Janda
Krystyna Janda
on IMDb Krystyna Janda's official website (in Polish) Krystyna Janda
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at culture.pl

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Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1946) Isa Miranda
Isa Miranda
(1949) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1951) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) cast of Bolshaya Semya (1955) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1956) Giulietta Masina
Giulietta Masina
(1957) Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
/ Eva Dahlbeck
Eva Dahlbeck
/ Barbro Hiort af Ornäs / Ingrid Thulin (1958) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
(1959) Melina Mercouri
Melina Mercouri
/ Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1960) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1961) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
/ Rita Tushingham
Rita Tushingham
(1962) Marina Vlady
Marina Vlady
(1963) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
/ Barbara Barrie
Barbara Barrie
(1964) Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
(1965) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1966) Pia Degermark
Pia Degermark
(1967) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1969) Ottavia Piccolo
Ottavia Piccolo
(1970) Kitty Winn (1971) Susannah York
Susannah York
(1972) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1973) Marie-José Nat
Marie-José Nat
(1974) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine


Dominique Sanda
Dominique Sanda
/ Mari Törőcsik
Mari Törőcsik
(1976) Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall
/ Monique Mercure (1977) Jill Clayburgh
Jill Clayburgh
/ Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(1980) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1981) Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
(1982) Hanna Schygulla
Hanna Schygulla
(1983) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1984) Norma Aleandro
Norma Aleandro
/ Cher
(1985) Barbara Sukowa
Barbara Sukowa
/ Fernanda Torres
Fernanda Torres
(1986) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1987) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
/ Jodhi May / Linda Mvusi
Linda Mvusi
(1988) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1989) Krystyna Janda
Krystyna Janda
(1990) Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
(1991) Pernilla August
Pernilla August
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Virna Lisi
Virna Lisi
(1994) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Kathy Burke (1997) Élodie Bouchez
Élodie Bouchez
/ Natacha Régnier
Natacha Régnier
(1998) Séverine Caneele
Séverine Caneele
/ Émilie Dequenne
Émilie Dequenne
(1999) Björk


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Isabelle Huppert
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Marie-Josée Croze
(2003) Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
(2004) Hana Laszlo
Hana Laszlo
(2005) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
/ Carmen Maura
Carmen Maura
/ Lola Dueñas
Lola Dueñas
/ Chus Lampreave
Chus Lampreave
/ Blanca Portillo / Yohana Cobo
Yohana Cobo
(2006) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(2007) Sandra Corveloni (2008) Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
(2009) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(2010) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(2011) Cristina Flutur / Cosmina Stratan (2012) Bérénice Bejo
Bérénice Bejo
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Emmanuelle Bercot
Emmanuelle Bercot
/ Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
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Diane Kruger

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