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Kedrova in 1965.
9 October 1918|
Saint Petersburg, Russia
16 February 2000|
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Lila Kedrova (full name in Russian Елизавета (Лиля) Николаевна Кедрова) (9 October 1918- 16 February 2000) was a Russian-born French actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Zorba the Greek (1964), and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the same role in the musical version of the film.
Kedrova said she was born in 1918 in Petrograd, Russia, yet she gave her age as 24 in a passenger list for New York City in February 1935 when touring with her theatre group, which implies a year of birth circa 1910, while her grave plaque states 1909. Accordingly her brother's age was also given as 34 in a 1938 passenger list indicating a possible birth year 1903 or 1904 and not the generally accepted 1905. Her parents were Russian opera singers. Her father, Nikolay Kedrov, Sr. (1871-1940), was a singer and composer, a creator of the first Russian male quartet to perform liturgical chants. Her mother, Sofia Gladkaya (ru: Софья Николаевна Гладкая), was a singer at the Mariinsky Theatre and a teacher at the Conservatoire de Paris. Kedrova's brother Nikolay (1904?–1981) was a Russian singer and composer of liturgical music. Her sister Irene Kedroff was a soprano.
Some time after the October Revolution, in 1922, the family emigrated to Berlin. In 1928 they moved to France, where Kedrova's mother taught at the Conservatoire de Paris, and her father again recreated the quartet "Quatuor Kedroff". In 1932, Kedrova joined the Moscow Art Theatre 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. Kedrova appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1966 film Torn Curtain, playing the role of Countess Kuchinska. Kedrova played Fraulein Schneider in the West End stage production of Cabaret in 1968 alongside Judi Dench and Peter Sallis.
She then played a series of eccentric and crazy women in 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 London revival of A Little Night Music.
Her second husband was Canadian stage director Richard Howard (1932-2017).
In 2000, Kedrova died at her summer home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, of pneumonia, having suffered a long time with Alzheimer's disease. She was cremated. Her ashes are buried in her family grave in the Russian cemetery in Paris.
|Ultimatum||1938||Irina||as Lila Kédrova|
|No Way Back||1953||Ljuba|
|Flesh and the Woman||1954||Rose||French: Le Grand jeu|
|Les Impures||1955||Mme. Denis, la concierge|
|Les Chiffonniers d'Emmaus||1955||Le femme de Bastien||Uncredited|
|Razzia sur la chnouf||1955||Léa|
|Futures vedettes||1955||Mme. Dimater, Sophie's mother|
|Des gens sans importance||1956||Mme. Vacopoulos|
|Jusqu'au dernier||1957||Marcella Bastia|
|Ce joli monde||1957||Léa|
|The Lovers of Montparnasse||1958||Mme. Sborowsky|
|La Femme et le Pantin||1959||Manuela|
|Jons und Erdme||1959|
|Mon pote le gitan||1959||La Choute|
|La Mort d'un tueur||1964||La mère de Massa|
|Zorba the Greek||1964||Madame Hortense||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated ･ BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated ･ Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress ･ Motion Picture
Nominated ･ Laurel Award for Female Supporting Performance
|A High Wind in Jamaica||1965||Rosa, Tampico Bar Owner|
|Torn Curtain||1966||Countess Kuchinska|
|Maigret de Pigalle||1967||Rose Alfonsi|
|Le Canard en fer-blanc||1967||Rosa|
|The Girl Who Couldn't Say No||1968||Yolanda's mother|
|The Kremlin Letter||1970||Madam Sophie|
|A Time for Loving||1972||Madame Olga Dubillard|
|Rak||1972||La mère de David|
|Escape to the Sun||1972||Sarah Kaplan|
|Soft Beds, Hard Battles||1974||Madame Grenier|
|Alla mia cara mamma nel giorno del suo compleanno||1974||Countess Mafalda|
|Footprints on the Moon||1975||Mrs. Heim, Old woman on the beach||French: Le Orme|
|The Cursed Medallion||1975||Contessa Cappelli|
|The Tenant||1976||Madame Gaderian||French: Le Locataire|
|Moi, fleur bleue||1977||Countess de Tocqueville|
|Nido de Viudas||1977||Mother||US: Widow's Nest|
|Le Paradis des riches||1978||Camille Chevallier|
|Les ･gouts du paradis||1979||Charlotte|
|Les Parents terribles||1980||Yvonne|
|Tell Me a Riddle||1980||Eva||Golden Mask Award|
|Blood Tide||1982||Sister Anna|
|Sword of the Valiant||1984||Lady of Lyonesse|
|A Star for Two||1991||Simone|
|Next Time the Fire||1993||Mother||(final film role)|