Danuta Szaflarska (Polish pronunciation: [daˈnuta ʂafˈlaɾska]; 6 February 1915 – 19 February 2017) was a Polish screen and stage actress. In 2008 she was awarded the Złota Kaczka for the best Polish actress of the century. Szaflarska participated in the Warsaw Uprising as a liaison. Szaflarska was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta, Commander's Cross and Commander's Cross with Star, one of Poland's highest Orders and Gold Medal of Gloria Artis (2007).
Szaflarska was born in Kosarzyska, Piwniczna-Zdrój (Galicia, Austria-Hungary, now Poland). She married her first husband, Jan Ekier, a pianist, in 1942. They had one daughter, Maria. The pair divorced. Her second husband, Janusz Kilański, was a radio announcer. He was the father of Szaflarska's second daughter, Agnieszka. Kilański and Szaflarska also divorced. Szaflarska turned 100 in February 2015. She was a regular player of Teatr Rozmaitości in Warsaw, specializing in modern and progressive drama, and in her later years appeared in four different plays at the theatre.
Movies & TV shows
Janosik: A True Story
The story of Janosik, a legendary "Central European Robin Hood", is based on real documents and a romantic legend. Young Janosik was burnt out by war experiences and disappointment in love. After beco...
The film is about a group of old retired theatre actors in a retirement home for actors who aim to regroup and stage Goethe's Faust.
How Much Does the Trojan Horse Weigh?
At 40, Zosia (Ilona Ostrowska) has a happy second marriage, a well-adjusted daughter, a good career, and a comfortable home in Warsaw. But as she and her family usher in the year 2000, she wishes some...
Time to Die
An impressionistic, black-and-white portrait of the day-to-day of a nonagenarian woman as she experiences the final act of her life. Danuta Szaflarska stars as Aniela, who lives in a massive yet rapid...
1 TV show
Lucy Wilska is a Polish-American who has taken over her grandmother's country home in a fictional small town. Even though she was going to sell the cottage, she decided to stay.
Piotr manages to buy a splendid though dilapidated villa from the eccentric 80-year-old painter Mimi. The woman treats him like her long-lost only son whereas Piotr tries to send her away to old peopl...
The Yellow Scarf
The main character suffers from alcoholism. On the day before Christmas, his son gives him a yellow scarf. He gets a kind of talisman from his loved ones when he loses a gift. He was brought to his mo...
A Week in the Life of a Man
Jerzy Stuhr wrote, directed, and starred in this drama about a man sworn to uphold the law who applies a very different moral code to himself than he does to others. As Adam Borowski, Stuhr plays a go...
The film analyses the relationship between two women friends, who struggle to find their way in post-communist Poland, using the backdrop of the banality and ordinariness of everyday life in a small p...
A mother of three is afraid of losing her husband if he finds out she's pregnant again, so she tries to hide it.
The Book of Great Wishes
Following a fire at an orphanage, the kids are moved into a seniors' home. A young girl tries to befriend and cheer up an elderly man who is full of regrets at the end of his life.
Faustina is a 1995 Polish film directed by Jerzy Łukaszewicz about Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska, a saint of the Roman Catholic Church who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. It is the firs...
The Devils, the Devils
Things are not better for gypsies in Europe than they are in Poland. Mala, an ordinary Polish girl who is about thirteen years old, is about to wake up to the world around her in this coming-of-age dr...
The Issa Valley
The film evokes a childhood in rural Lithuania between the wars. A country boy, Tomaszek, lives on a rich estate, situated on the Polish border. He realizes that the Issa Valley he lives in is to be t...
Umarli rzucają cień
Sensational psychological drama, concerning the activities of the People's Guard in Silesia, presents from the human characters and attitudes perspective story of provocation of Gestapo agents, penetr...
1 TV show
The Voice from Beyond
Krakow in the sixties. A doctor, though not having finished his studies, earns a living providing medical advice. A former nurse enters the stage, saying she hears voices from "the other world". At fi...
The Impossible Goodbye
The old-fashioned circus atmosphere comes across with great clarity in the psychological tale about a mean-spirited mime and his effects on his colleagues. The small, traveling circus has been sliding...
The People from the Train
A group of people are stuck in a train station. A drunk German station guard gets paranoid, sees partisans around him, and when the German soldiers arrive to search the station they find a gun. Unless...
Dziś w nocy umrze miasto
An unlikely couple - a Polish concentration camp inmate and a young German girl - stick together and try to survive the RAF bombing of Dresden in February 1945.
The first Polish post-war comedy. Witek and Krysia, a married couple, move to Warsaw and have nowhere to stay. They rent a room in a house with many other lodgers. Witek dreams of their own house and ...
1 TV show