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Lila Kedrova ( ; October 9, 1918 – February 16, 2000) was a Russian-born French actress.


Though born in Petrogradmarker, Russiamarker, Kedrova spent most of her life in Francemarker.

In 1932, she joined the Moscow Art Theatremarker 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. 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 Londonmarker revival of A Little Night Music.

Lila Kedrova died at her summer home in Sault Ste.marker Marie, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, of pneumonia, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.


Year Film Role Notes
1938 Ultimatum Irina as Lila Kédrova
1953 Weg ohne Umkehr Ljuba
1954 Le Défroqué uncredited
Le Grand jeu Rose
1955 Les Impures Mme. Denis, la concierge
Les Chiffonniers d'Emmaüs Le femme de Bastien uncredited
Des gens sans importance
Futures vedettes Sophie's Mother
Razzia sur la Chnouf Léa
1956 Calle Mayor
1957 Jusqu'au dernier Marcella Bastia
Ce joli monde Léa
1958 Les Amants de Montparnasse (Montparnasse 19) Mme. Sborowsky
1959 Mon pote le gitan La Choute
Jons und Erdme
La Femme et le pantin Manuel
1963 Kriss Romani
1964 La Mort d'un tueur
Zorba the Greek Madame Hortense Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated - BAFTA Award

Nominated - Golden Globe
1965 A High Wind in Jamaica Rosa, Tampico Bar Owner
1966 Torn Curtain Countess Kuchinska
Penelope Sadaba
1967 Maigret à Pigalle Rise
Le Canard en fer-blanc Rosa
1968 Les Amants de Montparnasse
1969 Il Suo modo di fare Yolanda's Mother
1970 The Kremlin Letter
1971 A Time for Loving Madame Olga Dubillard
1972 Rak La mère de David
Escape to the Sun Sarah Kaplan
1974 Soft Beds, Hard Battles
Alla mia cara mamma nel giorno del suo compleanno
1975 Il Medaglione insanguinato Contessa Cappelli
Eliza's Horoscope Lila
Le Orme Old woman on the beach
1976 The Tenant Madame Gaderian Le Locataire
1977 Moi, fleur bleue Countess de Tocqueville
Nido de viudas Mother
1978 Le Paradis des riches Camille Chevallier
1979 Le Cavaleur Olga
Les Égouts du paradis Charlotte
Clair de femme Sonia
1980 Tell Me a Riddle Golden Mask award
1981 Il Turno Maria
1982 Blood Tide Sister Anna
1983 Testament uncredited
1984 Sword of the Valiant Lady of Lyonesse
1988 Some Girls Granny
1991 A Star for Two
1994 La Prossima Volta il Fuoco Mother


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