Barbara Krafftowna

December 5, 1928 – January 23, 2022

Barbara Krafftowna


Barbara Krafftowna debut came under the direction of Iwo Gall in the autumn of 1946 in Gajcy’s “Homer and the Orchid” at a theater in Gdynia on the same spot where the Music Theatre is presently located.

Her engagement lasted for three seasons. Directed by Iwo Gall she performed in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” Cwojdzinski’s “Temperaments,” Slowacki’s “Balladyna,” Wyspianski’s “Wedding,” and in Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” Next, with the director, she moved to the Stefan Jaracz Theater in Łódź and then performed at the Polish Theater in Wroclaw.

Upon moving to Warsaw she acted in the Theater of Young Warsaw, the Theater of Comedy, the Drama Theater, the National Theater, the Syrena Theater and lastly in the Contemporary Theater.

She participated in the filming of Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds,” Kutz’s “Nobody Calls” and “Heat,” Has’s “The Saragossa Manuscript,” Nowicki’s “Four Cuirassiers and a Dog,” Komorowski’s “Mr. Michal’s Adventures,” Rybkowski’s “Border,” Dziki’s “Bank From Out of This World,” Nowicki’s “Blood Bonds,” Lubaszenko’s “King of Suburbs” and many more.

She has performed in many different cabarets, such as “Frascati Cabaret,” “Lopek Cabaret,” “Egida Cabaret,” and on TV in the “Cabaret of Older Men” and also TV Theater. She can also boast vast accomplishments on Polish Radio both in the Radio Theater and in music programs.

The movie “How To Be Loved” directed by Wojciech Has, with a script by Kazimierz Brandys and with Barbara Krafftowna in the leading role received the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco.

Ms. Krafftowna left for the United States to play the lead part in the English version of S.I. Witkiewicz’s (Witkacy) play “Mother.” While in Los Angeles she collaborated with the American Film Institute and there in the theater of Professor Michael Hackett she staged Polish plays by W. Gombrowicz in English – “Banquet at Countess Kotlubaj” and “Meditations on Virginity“.
She has received numerous awards in Poland and abroad.

She created many outstanding parts which became a canon in acting. The list includes Felicia in the movie “How To Be Loved” and in television Klara Zachanassian in Durenmatt’s “The Visit of the Old Lady” directed by Jerzy Gruza; Betty Lemon in Wesker’s “Whatever Happened To Betty Lemon” directed by Tomasz Wiszniewski; Honorata in the TV series “Four Cuirassiers and a Dog;” Alice in Durenmatt’s “Play Strindberg,” and Lady Macbeth in Ionesco’s “Macbeth,” to mention only a few.


2010 Million Dollars (Milion dolarów) by Janusz Kondratiuk
2008 The Last Action (Ostatnia akcja)
2006 Who Never Lieved; (Kto nigdy nie żył) by Andrzej Seweryn
2003 Na dobre i na złe (TV) by Janusz Dymek, Teresa Kotlarczyk
2001 Wiezy krwi (TV) by Wojciech Pacyna
1994 Dora Was Dysfunctional by Andrea Odezynska
1993 The Effects of Wearing a Hat in May (Skutki noszenia kapelusza w maju) by Krystyna Krupska-Wysocka
1982 Filip z konopi by Jozef Gebski
1978 Flames (Płomienie) by Ryszard Czekala
1975 Die Überlebende by Christian Steinke
1971 Troublesome Visitor (Kłopotliwy gość) by Jerzy Ziarnik
1970 Czterej pancerni i pies (TV) by Andrzej Czekalski, Konrad Nalecki
1969 Adventure With a Song (Przygoda z piosenką) by Stanislaw Bareja
1969 Przygoda Pana Michała (TV) by Pawel Komorowski
1967 Niewiarygodne Przygody Marka Piegusa (TV) by Mieczyslaw Waskowski
1966 Don Gabriel by Ewa & Czeslaw Petelski
1965 The Saragossa Manuscript (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) by Wojciech Has
1964 Heat (Upał) by Kazimierz Kutz
1963 How to Be Loved (Jak być kochaną) by Wojciech Has
1963 Their Everyday Life (Ich dzień powszedni) by Aleksander Scibor-Rylski
1962 Opening Tomorrow (Jutro premiera) by Janusz Morgenstern
1962 Golg Dreams (Złoto) by Wojciech Has
1961 Tonight a City Will Die (Dziś w nocy umrze miasto) by Jan Rybkowski
1960 Nobody’s Calling (Nikt nie woła) by Kazimierz Kutz
1960 The Knave of Spades (Walet pikowy) by Tadeusz Chmielewski
1958 Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament) by Andrzej Wajda
1958 Rainy July (Deszczowy lipiec) by Leonard Buczkowski
1953 Matter to Be Settled (Sprawa do załatwienia) by Jan Rybkowski