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Subject: ARCHIVE: October 9, 1918 ~It was a century ago Russian-born actress Lila Kedrova was born, best known for her TONY & Academy Award-winning performance as 'Mme Hortense' in Zorba the Greek (1966), and remembered for her many other eccentric roles, died in 2000, at 81. ~HAPPY 100th! ...


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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 01:57:32am
In reply to: Bio 's message, "Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt was born 100 years ago today (died 2007)" on Tuesday, October 09, 04:08:11pm

Russian-born French actress. She won the Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress for Zorba the Greek (1964),
and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress
in a Musical for the same role in the musical version of the film. ...

Lila Kedrova
(9 October 1909- 16 February 2000)


Life and career
Kedrova said she was born in 1918 in Petrograd, Russia, yet she gave her age as 24 in a passenger list for New York City in February 1935 when touring with her theatre group, which implies a year of birth circa 1910, while her grave plaque states 1909. Accordingly her brother's age was also given as 34 in a 1938 passenger list indicating a possible birth year 1903 or 1904 and not the generally accepted 1905. Her parents were Russian opera singers. Her father, Nikolay Kedrov, Sr. (1871-1940), was a singer and composer, a creator of the first Russian male quartet to perform liturgical chants. Her mother, Sofia Gladkaya (ru: ), was a singer at the Mariinsky Theatre and a teacher at the Conservatoire de Paris. Kedrova's brother Nikolay (1904?1981) was a Russian singer and composer of liturgical music. Her sister Irene Kedroff was a soprano.

Some time after the October Revolution, in 1922, the family emigrated to Berlin. In 1928 they moved to France, where Kedrova's mother taught at the
Conservatoire de Paris, and her father again recreated the quartet "Quatuor Kedroff". In 1932, Kedrova joined the Moscow Art Theatre touring company.
Then her film career began, mostly in French films, until her first English appearance in 1964 as Mme Hortense in 1964 film, "Zorba the Greek". ...


Her performance won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In 1983, she reprised her role as Mme Hortense on Broadway in the musical version
of "Zorba the Greek", winning both a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award in the process.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS5zp5Z46I8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X2FcjkQYUQ



...Kedrova appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1966 film Torn Curtain, playing the role of Countess Kuchinska. Kedrova
played Fraulein Schneider in the West End stage production of Cabaret in 1968 alongside Judi Dench and Peter Sallis.


...She then played a series of eccentric and crazy women in Hollywood films.
In 1989 she played 'Madame Armfeldt' in the London revival of "A Little Night Music".
Her second husband was Canadian stage director Richard Howard (1932-2017).

Death
In 2000, Kedrova died at her summer home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, of pneumonia, having suffered a long time
with Alzheimer's disease. She was cremated. Her ashes are buried in her family grave in the Russian cemetery in Paris.


Links
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0444321/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lila_Kedrova
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5860975/lila-kedrova
https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/lila-kedrova-47609

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