Maja Komorowska awarded 'Eagle' for lifetime achievement

Polish actress Maja Komorowska has been honoured with the “Eagle” Film Award for lifetime achievement, Dariusz Jabłoński, the head of the Polish Film Academy, announced on Wednesday.

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“This is a great, joyful moment. Maja Komorowska is a great, outstanding Polish actress… She was in the films of Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Wajda,” he said, adding that she was also in a movie about reverend Jerzy Popiełuszko, murdered by communist agents in 1984.

“This is a person, who, during the period of martial law [1981-1983] acted very generously to assure that all those who had been interned by the communist regime had food and clothing. She is an example for all Polish filmmakers,” Mr Jabłoński added.

Ms Komorowska was born in 1937 in Warsaw. She graduated from the Theatre Academy in Kraków, southern Poland in 1960 and started her career in “Groteska” Puppet Theatre in that city.

She is considered as one of the most outstanding actresses of the Polish theatre and cinema.

Since 1982, she has been also teaching young actors. Ms Komorowska teaches at the Warsaw Theatre Academy and since 1991, she has been a professor of this academy.

In 2008, the then Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski awarded her with the Golden Medal Gloria Artis for cultural achievements, while three years later, Ms Komorowska received The Grand Cross of the Polonia Restituta Order from the then-president Bronisław Komorowski.

The award for the actress was announced during a meeting with the 2020 “Eagle” nominees. These awards will be given on March 2, during a gala in The Polish Theatre in Warsaw.