Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Actress Elzbieta Czyzewska R.I.P.

Polish actress Elzbieta Czyzewska passed on July 17, 2010 at the age of 72. The cause was oesophageal cancer.
Elzbieta Czyzewska was born on May 14, 1938 in Warsaw, Poland. In 1960 she graduated from theatre school in Warsaw. The same year she appeared in the short film Erotique, which caused a sensation in Poland. She appeared in Hamles that same year. Over the next few years she appeared in several films, including Zuzanna i chlopcy (1961), Zaudszki (1962), Zloto (1962), and Gozina pasowej rózy (1963), Pasazerka.(1963), Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (1965), and Niekochana (1966). It would be her marriage to write David Halberstam that would effectively end her career in Poland. Mr. Halberstam had written an article on anti-Semitism in Poland, which resulted in him being accused of slandering the Polish government and being expelled from the country. When Miss Czyzewska married Mr Halberstam, he then became an outcast in her homeland. Andrzej Wajda would cast her in Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969), an action which would led to many denouncing the director. She would not return to Poland until 1980s.

Elzbieta Czyzewska would have a career in the United States, making her American screen debut in Putney Swope (1969). In 1973 she appeared in the Swedish film Den foerste kreds. Miss Czyzewska would appear in the films Limuzyna Daimler-Benz (1982), Running on Empty (1988), Rude Awakening (1989),   Music Box (1989), Cadillac Man (1990), A Kiss Before Dying (1991), I Love You I Love You Not (1996), OK Garage (1998), Coming Soon (1999), Hunters in the Snow (2000), Happiness (2006), June Weddings (2007), and The Hungry Ghosts (2009). She guest starred on such television series Sex and the City, Third Watch, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Damages.

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