Kedrova in 1965.
|Born||9 October c. 1918 (unconfirmable)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
|Died||16 February 2000
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Richard Howard (1968-2000; her death)|
Lila Kedrova (9 October c. 1918 – 16 February 2000) was a Russian-born French actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role 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.
Life and career
Kedrova claimed to have been born in 1918, in Petrograd, Russia, although the year is impossible to ascertain. Her parents were Russian opera singers. Her father, Nikolay, was a singer and composer, a creator of the first Russian male quartet to perform liturgical chants. Her mother, Sofia Gladkaya (ru: Софья Николаевна Гладкая) (1875–1965), was a singer at the Mariinsky Theatre and a teacher of Conservatoire de Paris. Kedrova's brother, Nikolay (1905–1981) was a Russian singer and composer of liturgical music.
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 Zorba the Greek.
Her performance won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. 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 went on to play a series of eccentric or batty ladies in several Hollywood films. 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. In 1989 she played Madame Armfeldt in the London revival of A Little Night Music.
|Ultimatum||1938||Irina||as Lila K･drova|
|No Way Back||1953||Ljuba|
|D･froqu･, LeLe D･froqu･||1954||Uncredited|
|Flesh and the Woman||1954||Rose||French: Le Grand jeu|
|Impures, LesLes Impures||1955||Mme. Denis, la concierge|
|Chiffonniers d'Emma･s, LesLes Chiffonniers d'Emma･s||1955||Le femme de Bastien||Uncredited|
|Razzia sur la chnouf||1955||L･a|
|Futures vedettes||1955||Mme. Dimater, Sophie's mother|
|gens sans importance, DesDes gens sans importance||1956||Mme. Vacopoulos|
|Jusqu'au dernier||1957||Marcella Bastia|
|Ce joli monde||1957||L･a|
|The Lovers of Montparnasse||1958||Mme. Sborowsky|
|La Femme et le Pantin||1959||Manuela|
|Jons und Erdme||1959|
|Mon pote le gitan||1959||La Choute|
|Mort d'un tueur, LaLa Mort d'un tueur||1964||La m･re de Massa|
|Zorba the Greek||1964||Madame Hortense||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated ･ BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated ･ Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress ･ Motion Picture
Nominated ･ Laurel Award for Female Supporting Performance
|High Wind in Jamaica, AA High Wind in Jamaica||1965||Rosa, Tampico Bar Owner|
|Torn Curtain||1966||Countess Kuchinska|
|Maigret ･ Pigalle||1967||Rose Alfonsi|
|Canard en fer-blanc, LeLe Canard en fer-blanc||1967||Rosa|
|The Girl Who Couldn't Say No||1968||Yolanda's mother|
|Kremlin Letter, TheThe Kremlin Letter||1970||Madam Sophie|
|Time for Loving, AA Time for Loving||1972||Madame Olga Dubillard|
|Rak||1972||m･re de David, LaLa m･re de David|
|Escape to the Sun||1972||Sarah Kaplan|
|Soft Beds, Hard Battles||1974||Madame Grenier|
|Alla mia cara mamma nel giorno del suo compleanno||1974||Countess Mafalda|
|Footprints on the Moon||1975||Mrs. Heim, Old woman on the beach||French: Le Orme|
|The Cursed Medallion||1975||Contessa Cappelli|
|Tenant, TheThe Tenant||1976||Madame Gaderian||French: Le Locataire|
|Moi, fleur bleue||1977||Countess de Tocqueville|
|Nido de Viudas||1977||Mother||US: Widow's Nest|
|Paradis des riches, LeLe Paradis des riches||1978||Camille Chevallier|
|Cavaleur, LeLe Cavaleur||1979||Olga|
|･gouts du paradis, LesLes ･gouts du paradis||1979||Charlotte|
|Les Parents terribles||1980||Yvonne|
|Tell Me a Riddle||1980||Eva||Golden Mask Award|
|Blood Tide||1982||Sister Anna|
|Sword of the Valiant||1984||Lady of Lyonesse|
|Star for Two, AA Star for Two||1991||Simone|
|Next Time the Fire||1993||Mother||(final film role)|
- "Lila Kedrova, Known for Oscar-Winning Role in 'Zorba,' Dies". 20 April 2000. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Lila Kedrova, Who Won An Oscar And Tony For Her Work In `Zorba'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 January 2015.