Katarína Kolníková

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Katarína Kolníková
Kolníkova interviewed in 2004
Katarína Beňovičová

(1921-04-20)20 April 1921
Died29 May 2006(2006-05-29) (aged 85)
Radošina, Slovakia
Years active1932–2006
Michal Kolník
(m. 1941; div. 1945)

Katarína Kolníková (née Beňovičová, 20 April 1921 – 29 May 2006)[1] was a Slovak stage actress.


Katarína Kolníková was born in Radošina. She was one of nine children raised alone by her mother after her father, a railroad worker whose income used to provide for the family, abandoned his wife and children.[2] Kolníková grew up in extreme poverty, having to work as a laborer for the church. Out of her siblings, only herself and her brother Ján survived until adulthood.[3]

Kolníková acted since she was 11 years old. In her adulthood, she moonlighted as an amateur actress, while supporting her family as with her daytime job as a nursery teacher. In 1971, she became a member of the Radošina Naive Theatre.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Kolníková acter in 17 plays as an amateur actress and 21 plays as a member of the Radošina Naive Theatre. Most of the Radošina Naive Theatre plays she featured in were directed by Stanislav Štepka, with whom she closely collaborated for most of the life as an actress.[5]

Although she was not trained as an actress, her long acting career earned her a legendary status among Slovak theatre fans.[4] In 2001, she was introduced to the Hall of Fame at the OTO Awards.[6]

In addition to stage acting, Kolníková dabbed in radio and television acting. Notably she starred in the 1995 movie Vášnivý bozk.[7]


Kolníková died in Radošina on 29 May 2006, only a month after starring in her last play with the Radošina Naive Theatre.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Katarína Kolníková was a devout Catholic. She suffered from chronic illnesses her entire life as a consequence of growing up in an extreme poverty.[3]

From 1941 to 1945 she was married to Michal Kolník. They divorced after he emigrated to America after the end of World War II. Together, they had four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Pred 100 rokmi sa narodila nezabudnuteľná herečka Katarína Kolníková". Pravda.sk (in Slovak). 19 April 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  2. ^ Peťovská, Slavomíra (2011). Katarína Kolníková 1921-2006: Personálna bibliografia (in Slovak) (1st ed.). Topoľčany: Tribečská knižnica v Topoľčanoch. ISBN 978-80-88761-50-1.
  3. ^ a b "Osobnosti regiónu: Zo škôlky až na dosky, ktoré znamenajú svet". mytopolcany.sme.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Katarína Kolníková. Publikum ju milovalo, stala sa legendou". rtvs.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Pred 100 rokmi sa narodila nezabudnuteľná herečka Katarína Kolníková". Pravda.sk (in Slovak). 19 April 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Už o pár dní spoznáme víťazov prestížnej ankety OTO: Kto pribudne do Siene slávy?". zivot.pluska.sk (in Slovak). 28 February 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Katarína Kolníková profile at Radošinské naivné divadlo" (in Slovak). Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Zomrela herečka Katarína Kolníková". domov.sme.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 28 August 2023.