Hanka Ordonówna

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Hanka Ordonówna
Hanka Ordonowna portrait.jpg
Ordonówna in 1930
Born Maria Pietruszyńska
(1902-09-25)25 September 1902
Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland
Died 8 September 1950(1950-09-08) (aged 47)
Beirut, Lebanon
Cause of death Tuberculosis
Resting place Powązki Cemetery
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1918–1939
Spouse(s) Count Michał Tyszkiewicz (m. 1931; her death 1950)

Hanka Ordonówna (born Maria Anna Pietruszyńśka; September 25, 1902 in Warsaw – September 8, 1950 in Beirut) also known as 'Ordonka', was a Polish singer, dancer and actress. She began her career at the age of 16 in the Warsaw cabaret Sfinks and then the theater Wesoły Ul in Lublin under the stage name "Anna Ordon."[1] singing hits still popular today: O mój rozmarynie, Rozkwitały pęki białych róż, and Ułani, ułani.

When this cabaret closed, Hanka Ordonówna moved to Warsaw and worked at the cabaret Miraż, where she was noticed by Fryderyk Jarosy, director of the famous Warsaw cabaret Qui Pro Quo; it was under his guidance that she became a star, recording the famous "Miłość ci wszystko wybaczy" (song by Henryk Wars and Julian Tuwim) in the 1933 movie Szpieg w masce (Spy With a Mask). Another hit was Marian Hemar's Jakieś małe nic (Some Little Nothing), 1934.

In 1931, she married Count Michał Tyszkiewicz, who wrote many of her songs. Though a countess, she continued to perform in cabaret and even ride a horse in a circus revue. She developed lung disease which plagued her for the rest of her life. She died in 1950 in Beirut.[1]

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