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Polish acting legend to be buried on Tuesday

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Victoria Bieniek 28.02.2017 11:01
Danuta Szaflarska, a legend of Polish theatre and cinema who died nine days ago at the age of 102, will be laid to rest on Tuesday at Warsaw’s Powązki Military Cemetery.
Danuta Szaflarska. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Kmarius.Danuta Szaflarska. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Kmarius.

She will be buried in the cemetery’s Avenue of Merit after a Catholic Mass.

A 30-strong group of highlanders from the town of Piwniczna in the Beskid Mountains – near the village of Kosarzyska where Szaflarska was born and spent her summer vacations – will pay their respects to the actress in Warsaw.

Meanwhile, a condolence book, signed by thousands of Szaflarska’s fans, is on display near Warsaw’s Royal Castle.

Born in 1915, Szaflarska started her theatre career in 1939. Her 1946 film debut in “Forbidden Songs” won her enormous popularity. She appeared in almost 80 films, a hundred theatre productions, as well as numerous TV and radio drama performances.

In addition to many awards for her artistic achievements, Danuta Szaflarska held several state distinctions, including the Grand Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland (Polonia Restituta).

Szaflarska also served in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising as a courier.

She died on 19 February, just two weeks after her 102nd birthday. Her last stage appearance was in 2016.

Members of the actress’s family have asked those attending the funeral to make donations to a Warsaw children’s hospice instead of bringing flowers. (mk/vb)

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