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Beautiful Polish actress Pola Raksa

A girl in the window. 1964. Beautiful Polish actress Pola Raksa
A girl in the window. 1964. Beautiful Polish actress Pola Raksa.

Polish actress Pola Raksa
Born April 14, 1941 in the city of Lida, Grodno region of the Belarusian SSR, Apolonia Raksa is a Polish film, theater and television actress. A charming fairy of Polish cinema, Raksa played many significant roles in well-known films.
The girl grew up, finished school, entered Wroclaw University, began to study polonistics, and occasionally performed in the student theater “Pun.” And … a miracle happened. Of those miracles, which girls often dream about and who nevertheless do not so often wait for them in life.

Once, photo correspondent took picture of Pola in a dairy cafe. Photo of a beautiful student appeared on the cover of the magazine Dookola Svyata. And then, the director and professor of the Lodz Higher School of Theater and Cinematography Maria Kanevskaya saw the photo. She found Pola and invited her to appear in her film about children “Satan from the seventh grade” (1960).

Actress of Polish cinema Pola Raksa
Actress of Polish cinema Pola Raksa.

However, in reality everything was not so radiant. Wanda, the niece of the professor, in the performance of Pola Raksa turned pale and inexpressive. The girl herself felt how she conceded to her partner, the student of the theatrical institute, Józef Skvark. Indeed, it was difficult for her to move in front of the camera, and express what was in her soul. In short, Wanda could have remained one and only role of Pola. Nothing more than an episode in life.

Adventure with a Song, 1968
Adventure with a Song, 1968. Beautiful Polish actress Pola Raksa.

But the movie was already beckoning, prolonged, carried away – even by its difficulty. Pola Raksa entered the Lodz Higher School of Theater and Cinematography. She did her best in mastering the profession, and was very hardworking. Even when Pola Raksa became a famous actress, her colleagues and directors noted her tirelessness and greedy, passionate attitude to business. And in the years of study … Jan Krechmar, rector of the Lodz Higher School, who was against the participation of his students in the filming, spoke of Pola Raksa as an exception. Raksa starred in three films and started the fourth, not missing a single semester. Gradually, her skill developed. But to find professionalism was much easier than her own place in art.

1960s actress Pola Raksa
1960s Beautiful Polish actress Pola Raksa.

Finally, popularity and recognition came to her. But it turned out that popularity has another side.

For twelve years of working in the film, Pola Raksa has appeared in eighteen films. There were empty, insignificant ones among them, such as “The Beast of God”, “The Case of a Song”, “Chasing Adam”. That softness and femininity of Pola Raksa fascinated directors, and the actress never deceived expectations. Sensing the purity and poetry of the best heroines of Raksa, the directors began to consider her an ideal performer of roles in films for children.

Marusya ‘Ogonyok’ in ‘Four Tankmen and a Dog’
Marusya ‘Ogonyok’ in ‘Four Tankmen and a Dog’. Beautiful Polish actress Pola Raksa.

Widespread fame in the USSR was due to the military series “Four Tankmen and a Dog”, where she played nurse Marusya nicknamed “Ogonyok.” After the release of the latter in the Soviet Union, the young actress had an army of fans in the USSR. Soviet girls copied even hairstyle of Pola Raksa. According to a poll of readers of the “Soviet screen”, Pola Raksa – the best actress in 1967.

Young Pola Raksa
Young Pola.

Also, Soviet film studios began inviting the talented Polish actress. For example, the Riga film studio invited Raksa to star in the film “Nocturne” in a duet with Gunar Cilinsky. Also, “Mosfilm” offered Raksa to work in the wonderful adaptation of Bogomolova’s “Zosya” (directed by Mikhail Bogin). And for the last role, Polish actress received the prize of the magazine “Soviet Screen” at the International Moscow Film Festival in Moscow.

Singer, model and actress Pola Raksa
Singer, model and actress.

As for her private life, in 1964-1970, she lived happily in marriage with the director and cameraman Andrzej Kostenko. In the marriage, their son Martin was born.

Meanwhile, in the 1970s and 1980s, Pola Raksa conducted programs on television, and sometimes appeared on the theater stage. Interestingly, in 1994, the actress broke with the movie, taking up the design of clothing.

Polish actress Pola Raksa
Polish actress.

Beautiful actress of Polish cinema Pola Raksa – laureate of the II TV dramatic theater festival prize for her role in the play “Romeo and Juliet” (1965). Besides, she is Laureate of the Silver Mask Award (1967, 1969, 1970). Awarded the Golden Cross of Merit in Poland (1974), honored worker of culture of Poland (1979).

Beautiful Polish actress Pola Raksa

1980s, Pola Raksa
1980s.
Adventure with a song. 1968
Adventure with a song. 1968.
Apolonia Raksa, known as Pola Raksa
Apolonia Raksa, known as Pola Raksa.
As Ivetta, Pola Raksa
As Ivetta.
Bachelor Club. 1962 (center – Pola Raksa)
Bachelor Club. 1962 (center – Pola Raksa).
Blonde beauty Pola Raksa
Blonde beauty.
Chasing Adam, 1970
Chasing Adam, 1970.
Fashion model and actress Pola Raksa
Fashion model and actress Pola.
Film actress Pola Raksa
Film actress Pola.
Four Tankmen and a Dog
Four Tankmen and a Dog.
Gorgeous Polish actress Pola Raksa
Gorgeous Polish actress Raksa.
Happy mother with her son Martin in 1971
Happy mother with her son Martin in 1971.
Hedviga-Marysya Kalinovska, A girl in the window. 1964
Hedviga-Marysya Kalinovska, A girl in the window. 1964.
In the role of Hedviga-Marysya Kalinovska. 1964
In the role of Hedviga-Marysya Kalinovska. 1964.
Model and actress of 1960s, Pola Raksa
Model and actress of 1960s, Raksa.
Movie actress Pola Raksa
Movie actress Pola.
Nocturne, 1966 film of the USSR, Pola Raksa
Nocturne, 1966 film of the USSR.
Oil on canvas painting by Crimean artist Gennady Medvedev. Actress Pola Raksa. 2018
Oil on canvas painting by Crimean artist Gennady Medvedev. 2018.
One of the most beautiful actresses of Polish cinema, Pola Raksa
One of the most beautiful actresses of Polish cinema.
Panienka z okienka (A girl in the window), 1964
Panienka z okienka (A girl in the window), 1964.
Popular in 1960-1970s film Four tankmen and a dog
Popular in 1960-1970s film Four tankmen and a dog.
Still from the film ‘Four Tankmen and a Dog’
Still from the film ‘Four Tankmen and a Dog’.
Zosia. 1967
Zosia. 1967.
Adventure with a song. 1968
Adventure with a song. 1968.
The Scourge of God (film, 1966)
The Scourge of God (film, 1966).

Based on the article in the magazine “Actors of foreign cinema”. 1976, #10 issue
Magazine ‘Sputnik Kinozritelya’, 1966, 1968.

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