Lila Kedrova – French actress from Russia
Lila Kedrova (her real name Yelizaveta Nikolayevna Kedrova) was a French actress of Russian origin, owner of an Academy’s Oscar statuette.
Lila was born on October 9, 1918 in Soviet Petrograd into the family of opera singers. Her mother, Sofia Gladkaya (1875—1965), was a singer at the Mariinsky Theatre. Her father Nikolai Kedrov was a singer and composer, Petersburg Conservatory Professor, creator of the first Russian male quartet to perform liturgical chants.
In 1922, the girl, her parents and older brother Nikolai emigrated to Germany, and then in 1928 they moved to France. There, Kedrova’s mother taught at the Conservatoire de Paris, and her father once again recreated the quartet Quatuor Kedroff.
In 1932, Lila joined the Moscow Art Theatre touring company.
In 1945 the actress performed in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (Atelier Theater).
In 1954 she played in the comedy Limitation of Liability, written by Robert Hossein.
Then her film career began, mostly in French films, until her first English appearance in 1964 as Mme Hortense in Zorba the Greek. In 1965 she was awarded Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
After that Kedrova starred in several Hollywood films and moved to Canada.
In 1984 she was awarded the theater prize Tony for the stage version of Zorba the Greek.
In 1993 she played in her last film and in 1991 the actress performed in her last play. In total Kedrova played in 60 films.
She died of pneumonia on February 16, 2000 in Canada.