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Alina Janowska
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Alina Janowska during the 66th anniversary of outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising at Warsaw Uprising Museum in Warsaw
Born 16 April 1923
Warsaw, Poland
Died 13 November 2017(2017-11-13) (aged 94)
Warsaw, Poland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946–2017

Alina Janowska (16 April 1923 – 13 November 2017) was a Polish actress. She appeared in more than 35 films and television shows between 1946 and 2017.


Janowska was born in 1923 in Warsaw into a wealthy family. She was arrested on the night of 23 April 1942, accused of collaborating with the underground and helping a Jewish family. She was imprisoned for 7 months in Pawiak in Warsaw. She took part in the Warsaw Uprising, acting as a liaison officer for the Battalion "Kiliński".

In 1963 she married Polish architect and fencer Wojciech Zabłocki. The couple had two children. She has had a daughter from her first marriage.


She debuted in theatre in 1943. From 1945 to 1965 she was employed in the Warsaw theater Teatr Syrena. Later she played in Zakazane piosenki (1946), the first Polish film after World War II.

In the 1940s she acted in movies, such as Treasure (dir. by Leonard Buczkowski). Her most important role from this period was the Yugoslav Dessa in The Last Stage (1947) directed by Wanda Jakubowska. The film was nominated for the Grand International Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1948, and for a BAFTA Award for Best Film from any Source in 1950.

In the early 1950s she disappeared from the screens and stages to take care of her family. She only dubbed in a few Polish-language version Soviet films. After eleven years, she returned to the cinema. She played the main character Lucyna in Samson (1961) directed by Andrzej Wajda. The film was nominated for a Golden Lion in 1961 at the Venice Film Festival. In the same year she dubbed Drizella in a Polish-language version of Cinderella. In the years 1965-1966 she appeared in the popular TV series Wojna domowa. From 1966 to 1981 she was employed in the Polish Teatr Komedia w Warszawie. From 1997 to 2010 she played in soap opera Złotopolscy as Eleonora Gabriel. From 2010 to 2011 she played in Plebania.

Alina Janowska died on 13 November 2017, aged 94, from Alzheimer's disease.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1946 Zakazane piosenki Singer Leonard Buczkowski First Polish film after World War II
1947 The Last Stage Dessa Wanda Jakubowska
1948 Treasure Basia Leonard Buczkowski
1948 Ślepy tor Ewka Premiere after 45 years
1949 Czarci żleb Hanka Tadeusz Kański
1961 Samson Lucyna Andrzej Wajda
1963 Smarkula Dr. Wanda Leonard Buczkowski
1965–1966 Wojna domowa Irena Kaminska Jerzy Gruza TV series
1968 Stawka większa niż życie Rose Arens 1 episode
1970 Dzięcioł Misia Jerzy Gruza
1971 Podróż za jeden uśmiech Aunt Ula Stanisław Jędryka Film and series
1975 Dulscy Aniela Dulska Jan Rybkowski
1976 Czterdziestolatek Celina Jerzy Gruza TV series
1985 Och, Karol Karol's mother-in-law Roman Załuski
1990 Femina Bogna's mother Piotr Szulkin Nominated - Award for Female Supporting Role in Gdynia Film Festival
1991 V.I.P. Greboszowa Juliusz Machulski
1991 Calls Controlled Halina Należyty Sylwester Chęciński
1997–2010 Złotopolscy Eleonora Gabriel TV series, circa 1,000 episodes
2007 Niania Leokadia Yurek Bogayevicz Sitcom, 1 episode
2008 Niezawodny system Maria Izabela Szylko Monaco International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Zimbabwe International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2010–2011 Plebania Adela TV series
2011 Na dobre i na złe Lidia Makowska Kordian Piwowarski 1 episode
2013 Zdjęcie od Nasierowskiej, czyli życie wielokrotnie spełnione Herself Documentary

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