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Also Known As: Died: February 16, 2000
Born: October 9, 1918 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Russia Profession: Cast ...
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Family left Russia for Germany
1928:
Moved to France
1932:
Joined the Moscow Arts Theatre touring company
1953:
Film debut, "Weg ohne Umkehr/No Way Back"
1956:
Portrayed Madame Pepita in Juan Antonio Bardem's "Calle Mayor", winner of the International Film Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival
1964:
Won Supporting Actress Oscar as the dying French courtesan Madame Hortense in "Zorba the Greek", starring Anthony Quinn; was last minute replacement for actress Simone Signoret
1965:
Brought exotic flair to her part as a Tampico bawdy house madam and owner of Quinn's boat in "A High Wind in Jamaica"
1966:
Registered as a daffy, but pitiable Polish refuge who assists Paul Newman and Julie Andrews in their escape to the West in Alfred Hitchcok's Cold War spy drama "Torn Curtain"
1972:
Played Madame Martine in NBC movie pilot "Cool Million", which preceded the series of the same name (Kedrova was not in the short-lived series, part of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie, along with "Banacek" and "Madigan")
1980:
Starred in "Tell Me a Riddle" as an aging woman on her deathbed who reconciles with her husband (Melvyn Douglas) before dying after 40 unfulfilled years of marriage; film was Lee Grant's directing debut
1983:
Reprised role as Madame Hortense in triumphant Broadway musical "Zorba!", winning both a Drama Desk Award and a Tony
1984:
Portrayed the Lady of Lyonesse in "Sword of the Valiant
1988:
Played sweet, batty grandmother who keeps running away from the hospital in "Some Girls"
1989:
Acted role of Madame Armfeldt in London production of "A Little Night Music"
1991:
Third film with Quinn, "A Star for Two"
1993:
Last feature to date, "La Promissa Volta il Fuoco/Next Time the Fire"

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