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Famous Polish people (that we have actually heard of)


Atch 20 | 4,166
22 May 2022 #211
Matylda Krzesiǹska,

She was the mistress of Nicholas II before his marriage. Later she married one of his cousins.
RussianAntiPutin 7 | 216
22 May 2022 #212
@Paulina
Oh, there's plenty more. They're just the most famous, i.e. the tip of the iceberg.
jon357 75 | 22,638
22 May 2022 #213
When I was a kid, there used to be shampoo adverts showing someone with the caption "Rula Lenska - famous Polish actress". She's actually British with Polish patents and was born Countess Róża Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska z herbu Pomian. Her father Count Łubieński was Josef Beck's private Secretary and later General Sikorski's adjutant.

She's remembered for her marriage to the late Denis Waterman and still works as an actress.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rula_Lenska





RussianAntiPutin 7 | 216
22 May 2022 #214
Józef Konrad Korzeniowski. Ignacy Paderewski. Henryk Wieniawski. Krzysztof Penderecki. Grazyna Bacewicz (accent undoeable, it's my computer).
jon357 75 | 22,638
22 May 2022 #215
Here's Władyslaw Sikorski. As well as being Poland's best known wartime figure, he was also a great officer before that, during the illegal invasion of Poland in 1920, particularly distinguishing himself during the victorious Battle of Warsaw. He also won other battles against the invader.

The second photograph, as well as Winston and Clemmie, shows him with General Kukiel.





mafketis 37 | 10,916
22 May 2022 #216
shampoo adverts showing someone with the caption "Rula Lenska -

In America the ads didn't have any label she just said something like "Hi, I'm Rula Lenska" as if the audience was supposed to recognize her... the ads were the pre-internet version of 'viral' in that they were the source of a lot of jokes.

I remember reading at the time that she was supposed to be famous in the UK (maybe not from what you write....)
jon357 75 | 22,638
22 May 2022 #217
supposed to be famous in the UK

Her fame came first from the shampoo ads then took off, especially after she married a tv actor who died last month.

Edit. I just had a look on Dr Google and there was something from America calling her a famous British actress.

In the U.K. people think of the connection with Poland because she's done TV about it and people know she's a Countess,
Atch 20 | 4,166
23 May 2022 #218
she was supposed to be famous in the UK (maybe not from what you write....)

She was quite well known, not really as an actress, more as a 'celebrity' - and as Jon says, Denis Waterman's wife. She was one of those celebs who did 'tv appearances' on chat shows and things, rather than actual acting roles from what I recall anyway. Maybe she did/does theatre work. Lots of British actors who have brief tv fame actually do a lot of other work.

Actually, I once saw an interesting interview with Rula Lenska where she talked about her grandmothers, one of whom who had been in Ravensbruck concentration camp during the war and apparently granny said to Rula 'It is your enemy's duty to destroy you; it is your duty to survive.'
pawian 223 | 24,571
29 Jul 2022 #219
Two Wachowski brothers were born in Chicago in Pol Am family in 1960s. They directed 3 cult Matrix films. About ten years ago they changed into Wachowski sisters - Lana and Lilly. . Amasing!



Alien 20 | 5,227
29 Jul 2022 #220
They looked better as brothers.
pawian 223 | 24,571
29 Jul 2022 #221
That is your private opinion. I think other posters prefer them as sisters. Who, for example?
Alien 20 | 5,227
29 Jul 2022 #222
No idea, Strzelec?, Novi?
jon357 75 | 22,638
29 Jul 2022 #223
Whatever.

Their films are pretty damn good and they are excellent at what they do.
pawian 223 | 24,571
29 Jul 2022 #224
Novi?

Yes, I was thinking about him.

Their films are pretty damn good

Exactly, I watched the first Matrix several times. It was a revelation to me.
jon357 75 | 22,638
1 day ago #225
I didn't realise that the late British actor Robert Donat (The 39 Steps, Goodbye Mr Chips, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness) was part Polish.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Donat
Ironside 50 | 12,461
1 day ago #226
Łubieńska

Geez that's a good name, it is sad the family went to the dogs and she became an actress.
jon357 75 | 22,638
22 hrs ago #227
she became an actress.

She's a much loved actress, very elegant too.
jon357 75 | 22,638
22 hrs ago #228
she became an actress.

She's a much loved actress, very elegant too. Famous for West End theatre and also has done documentaries.


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