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Great actress Olga Tudorache dies at 88

Actress Olga Tudorache, also known as “the great lady of the Romanian theatre”, died at 88 on Tuesday night. She had been admitted to Elias Hospital since October 9, when she had suffered a stroke. She had turned 88 a week ago.

Olga Tudorache left behind a prodigious film and particularly theatre career.

She was born in Oituz, Bacau county on October 11, 1929. She graduated the Theatre Institute in 1951. She starred in tens of movies and played memorable characters in over 50 theatre plays, under the guidance of major Romanian directors.

She is mostly known for films such as “Mihai Viteazul” (1970), “O vara de neuitat” (1994) and “Drumul Cainilor” (1992).
She received numerous prizes and distinctions for her activity in theatre, cinema or as a university professor. In 2000, she was awarded the National Order “Star of Romania”, rank of Grand Officer. In 2006, she was awarded the National Order “Faithful Service”, rank of Grand Cross, while in 2012 the Romanian Royal House gave her the “Nihil Sine Deo” distinction at the end of the play “The Portrait of Mrs. T”.

On April 1, 2012, the actress felt sick on the stage of Metropolis Theatre while starring in the “Fish with peas” play. The performance was interrupted and Olga Tudorache was rushed to hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with transitory stroke.

This year on October 9, she suffered a new stroke and was admitted to Elias Hospital. Starting October 12, her condition got worse and she was transferred to the intensive care unit.

Extremely discreet with her personal and professional life, very reserved in granting interviews, Olga Tudorache used to say several years ago: “The actor must play! Acting is a discipline activity, like the army. You must be able to do something when you are asked to, not when you feel in the mood. Now! The actor must play, even if he is feeling sick. There is no <I don’t feel well> for an actor, provided he is in hospital.

May God rest her soul in peace!

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