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This dark-haired beauty honed her craft on stage in her native Poland. Graduating from drama school at age 17, Joanna Pacula joined the Polish Repertory Company of Warsaw and distinguished herself in productions of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," "Othello" and "As You Like It." She also found work in a handful of films, including Krzysztof Zanussi's "Barwy Ochronne/Camouflage" (1977). Pacula was caught in Paris when Poland declared martial law in late 1981 and she eventually landed in the USA where she has specialized in playing European temptresses since her feature debut opposite William Hurt in Michael Apted's "Gorky Park" (1983). She acted the part of the exotic beauty in numerous American TV series and movies, including the Holocaust drama "Escape From Sobibor" (CBS, 1987), "E.A.R.T.H. Force" (CBS, 1990) and "The Colony" (ABC, 1996). In features, Pacula was particularly effective as a model living under a curse in "The Kiss" (1986). More recently, she was featured in "Tombstone" (1993) as Doc Holliday's lover Kate, "The Haunted Sea" (1997) and "Virus" (1999), playing a Russian scientist.
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Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Was visiting Paris when martial law was declared in Poland and was temporarily unable to return home
Attained a theater scholarship that allowed her to remain in Paris (date approximate)
American film acting debut, "Gorky Park"
US TV acting debut, the ABC miniseries "Crossings"
Co-starred with Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer in the based-on-fact "Escape From Sobibor" (CBS)
Played a model under a family curse in the uneven horror thriller "The Kiss"
Debuted as regular on the short-lived CBS action adventure series "E.A.R.T.H. Force"
Had featured role in the busted ABC pilot "The Colony"
Co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland in "Virus"
Returned to series TV as co-star of the sitcom "Brutally Normal" (The WB)