The educational project “Personalities of the Russian Community Abroad. 1920-1945”

Lila Kedrova

Lila Kedrova

Lila Kedrova

(1918 – 2000)

She was a theatre and movie actress. The only Russian actress who won an Oscar. She was born in 1918. In 1923 together with her parents and the elder brother she immigrated to Germany, and later in 1928 she moved to Paris, France.

Her active acting career started in 1938 at The Russian Theatre where director Yury Annenkov staged “The Event”, the play written for this theatre by Vladimir Nabokov.

After the war the actress continued her theatre career: during 1945-1977 Lila Kedrova acted in many performances based on French and foreign classical pieces staged by small theatres in Paris.   

At the same time, she started her career in movies. She gained the world success in 1965 when Lila won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “Zorba the Greek”. Within the period from 1938 until 1994 she acted in over 60 Hollywood movies and TV series and worked with famous directors (such as Roman Polansky, Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Hossein) and actors (like Vittorio Gassman, Jean Marais, Anouk Aimée, Annie Girardot, Mel Ferrer and Jodie Foster).

Her only performance on Broadway where she acted in “Zorba!” musical in 1983 helped her win Tony Awards, the most prestigious award in the theatre world.


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