Born 1951 in Legnica, Polish actress of Armenian descent Anna Dymna made her film debut also when she was still a student. She became popular with television viewers owing to her role of Klarysa in a TV series Janosik (1973). The later role of Ania Pawlak in Polish cult comedy films Nie ma mocnych and Kochaj, albo rzuć turned out to be even more successful.
Dymna was employed by the National Helena Modrzejewska Old Theatre in Cracow immediately after her graduation in 1973 and has performed on its stage since then. Her major roles included characters of beautiful women, e.g. Kora in Noc listopadowa (“November night”); Anna in Warszawianka (“The Varsovian lady”); and Ania in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. Later she also performed in Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain; Joyce’s Exiles; and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Dymna has played about 250 theatrical and film roles. She has been esteemed for her talent and looks which “emanated with freshness, naturalness, girlishness and charm”. Her photographs decorated covers of magazines, but her beauty became, in a way, an obstacle for portrayals of more mature characters.
Anna Dymna has received many important awards for her artistic achievements, including the Golden Mask (1996, 1999, 2000); the Golden Screen in 1984; and the Golden Lions in 1994. The President of the Republic of Poland awarded her with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2004. Disabled children granted her the Order of the Smile for her charity involvement in the same year.
Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Anna Dymna in the 1970s.