Beata Poźniak Daniels
Beata Poźniak Daniels in 2013
30 April 1960
|Education||Master's Degree (High Honors)|
|Alma mater||Łódź Film School|
|Occupation||Actress, director, producer, writer, artist, activist|
Beata Poźniak Daniels (Polish pronunciation: [bɛˈat̪a pɔʑˈɲak]; born 30 April 1960) is an actress, film director, painter, writer and activist.
Poźniak was born in Gdańsk, Poland. Her mother was born in Wilno, Lithuania. She passed her entrance exam to the National Film School in Łódź PWSFTViT with the highest score in the country, and received a master's degree with High Honors at age 22.
Her very first film role, while still in high school, was as an extra in the Academy Award winning film The Tin Drum which happened to be filming near her home. She later made many film appearances and worked as a fashion model and was the calendar girl for Poland's national soccer team.
Film and television work
Pozniak was discovered by the U.S. audiences when Oliver Stone cast her in JFK as Marina Oswald. This memorable role in an Academy Award-nominated film was her U.S. feature debut and it led to her appearances in over 30 film and TV projects worldwide. She soon became known for playing intense, edgy characters like the first female President of the World, Earth Alliance President Susanna Luchenko in “Babylon 5”, a fiery young revolutionary in George Lucas’ “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, as well as a sharp scientist Ludmilla in “Dark Skies” and as Eva in “Pensacola”. Other “gutsy” roles have included Paramount’s "JAG" where she appeared as an exotic Israeli spy, a double agent working for the Mossad and CIA. In the television series "Melrose Place" she created a ground-breaking character, Dr. Katya Fielding, a "straight" woman and mother who decides to marry a gay man - the role that is still very much talked about, making Pozniak one of the show's most popular former cast members. Her other diverse roles include Masha in "Mad About You", Raisa on “The Drew Carey Show” and Tambor, the Japanese nanny in Oliver Stone's "Wild Palms" miniseries. In the CBS movie of the week "A Mother's Gift" she was seen as a character that aged thirty years, whereas in a World War II drama entitled “Miriam” she played a Catholic woman who risks her life to save a Jewish girl from the Nazis. She also stars as Laina in the interactive movie/video game Psychic Detective, released in 1995 and premiered at Sundance Film Festival as the first video game in the New Media category.
Theatre and Performance Art
Seeking a new voice for herself in a uniquely contemporary style that declares "anything is possible," she founded Theater Discordia. Creating performance-art pieces that have been part of the L.A. Theatre Festival, and the L.A. Poetry Festival, she directed and wrote "Poeticus Umbilicus", "Poetry Discordia", "Return of Umbilicus", "We & They" and "Changing Flags." Her Theater Discordia evolved, with the participation of Peter Sellars, into a celebrated venue for experimental theater works.
Pozniak is also a painter, and continues to work in film, often appearing in experimental and independent productions, several of which she has also directed. In her directorial debut which was a short film “Mnemosyne” she used several art pieces made by her. Praised by F.X. Feeney LA Weekly: “the multitalented Pozniak rapidly intercuts news footage of violence with live models and her own sensual sculptures to express a fierce moral sense. ”Through her art Pozniak often explores what it is to be a woman in today’s world with recurring themes of women's rights, social justice and women's history. Her artworks combine the choreographic traditions of theater with symbolic and surreal imagery of painting and sculpture. In her early mask series, Pozniak connects an ancient and mythological theatrical device with the surrealism of Man Ray to produce a stunning range of fantastical masks made from feathers and other found objects. Her more recent paintings and sculptures explore the collision of ancient myths and the modern world. By combining imagery reminiscent of surrealist dreamscapes with found objects these works challenge our notions of continuity between past and present. Pozniak says: “Surrealism is a lens through which I view many of the events and circumstances occurring in the world today. Whether it is the horrors of war or inspirational insights found in ancient mythology, I am constantly exploring fantastical juxtapositions that express something about the experience of being a woman. That is why my paintings and sculptures are often surreal and full of symbolism. Feministic, poetical, and political.” 
Beginning in the late 1980s, soon after her arrival in America, Pozniak began a campaign to get the US Government to recognize International Women's Day. She was very successful, and she accomplished the introduction of the first bill in the history of the U.S. Congress for national recognition of the holiday (H.J. Res. 316) designating March 8 as International Women’s Day occurred on March 8, 1994. She made the headlines of Los Angeles Times who hailed her as "Taking the Banner For Women Everywhere". Furthermore, Pozniak established a non-profit educational organization Women’s Day USA, which aims to raise a public awareness of women’s inspirational achievements all over the world. She is currently working on other projects through her non-profit organization that help bring awareness to third world issues.
Acknowledged with a bronze handprint at Festiwal Gwiazd, Poland's "Hollywood Walk of Fame." Past honorees include: Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Greenaway, David Lynch, Faye Dunaway, Ian Gillan, Anna Paquin among others.
|2019||Mr. Jones||Rhea Clyman||Based on a true story of Gareth Jones (journalist)|
|2018||Scenes in a Mind||Katrina Farnwald||Based on a true story|
|2016||All These Voices||Beata||Won, Student Academy Awards|
|2015||An Unknown Country||Co-producer, documentary||Nominated, 2018 Emmy Award|
|2014||People on the Bridge||portrayed poet Wislawa Szymborska||Also directed|
|2010||The Officer's Wife||Officer's Wife (Cecylia)||documentary, Narrator|
|2010||Ojciec Mateusz||Ewa Pol||TV series|
|2009||On Profiles in Courage||Host||Also directed|
|2007||Zlotopolscy||Helena||TV series (46 episodes)|
|2006||Cyxork 7||Jacey Anderson|
|2006||Miriam||Margritas||Based on a true story|
|2004||Freedom from Despair||Narrator||Award-winning documentary|
|2002||The Drew Carey Show||Raisa||TV series|
|2001||Family Law (TV series)||Mary Kobish||TV series CBS|
|2001||Mixed Signals||Erica Chamberlain|
|1998||Women's Day: The Making of a Bill||Host|
|1997||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Eva Terenco|
|1997||Babylon 5 ep "Rising Star"||President Susanna Luchenko|
|1997||Dark Skies||Ludmila||TV series|
|1997||JAG||Malka Dayan||TV series|
|1995||War & Love||Ingrid Steiner||aka "Heaven's Tears"|
|1995||A Mother's Gift||Kristine Reinmuller|
|1995||Psychic Detective||Laina Pozok||Screened at the Sundance Film Festival|
|1993||Melrose Place||Dr. Katya Petrova Fielding||TV series|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles'||Irene|
|1993||Mad About You||Masha||TV series|
|1992||At Night the Sun Shines||Anabelle||Supervising prod. Robert Wise|
|1991||Ferdydurke||Flora Gente||Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski|
|1991||JFK||Marina Oswald||8 Nominations Oscars, 2 Wins|
|1989||Stan wewnętrzny||Woman in Black|
|1989||White in Bad Light||Narrator|
|1987||Vie en Images||Alicja Eber||Based on a true story|
|1986||A Chronicle of Amorous Accidents||Zosia||Andrzej Wajda|
|1985||Hamlet in the Middle of Nowhere||Ophelia|
|1985||Rozrywka po staropolsku|
|1981||Man of Iron||Dir. Andrzej Wajda|
|1980||Pierścień w świńskim ryju|
|1979||The Tin Drum||Dir. Volker Schlöndorff|
- 2019: "Libretto for the Desert" by Sona Van. Poems dedicated to all the Victims of Genocide and War.
- 2019: "Chwile zamyślenia"
- 2015: "The Tsar of Love and Techno" Penguin Random House - selected by Washington Post as the Best Audiobook of the Year 2015
- 2014: "Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great" (19-hour audio book) published by Random House
- 2012: "The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great" (19-hour audio book) published by Random House
- "Beata Pozniak". Beata.com. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- "Featured Artist: Rennaisance Woman". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
- "First bill in the U.S." HuffPost. 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
- "Taking the Banner For Women Everywhere". Los Angeles Times. 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
- Beata Pozniak Daniels on IMDb
- Official website, beata.com
- Profile, womensday.org
- "Taking the Banner for Women Everywhere", latimes.com
- , Huffington Post, celebrity blogger
- , Hollywood Times
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