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Overview (2)

Born in Petrograd, Russia [now St. Petersburg, Russia]
Died in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada  (congestive heart disease and Alzheimer's disease)

Mini Bio (1)

Lila Kedrova was born on October 9, 1918 in Petrograd, Russia. She was an actress, known for Zorba the Greek (1964), The Tenant (1976) and Torn Curtain (1966). She was married to Richard Howard. She died on February 16, 2000 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Spouse (1)

Richard Howard (31 December 1968 - 16 February 2000) ( her death)

Trivia (11)

When she and her family escaped from Russia, her birth papers were left behind and never recovered. Her counterfeit papers were later confiscated.
Spoke Russian, French, English, and some Italian.
Had homes in Toronto, Paris, and summer home in Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada.
Suffered from congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease.
Won an Oscar for playing Madame Hortense in Zorba the Greek (1964), and 20 years later won a Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for playing the same role in the Broadway production of "Zorba" (1964 Oscar/1984 Tony).
Had no children.
She was a child prodigy on the piano, appearing on the stage in Paris from the age of 15.
Her father, a musician, was a favorite of Tsar Nicholas II. The entire family were forced to flee to Germany as a result of the October Revolution.
Of the nine performers during the 20th century who won both the Tony Award and the Oscar for the same role, she was the only one to win the Oscar first and then the Tony. She was also the last of the nine to win both awards -- she won her Tony eleven years after Joel Grey won his Oscar for Cabaret (1972).
Was the 60th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Zorba the Greek (1964) at The 37th Annual Academy Awards (1965) on April 5, 1965.
She was the first Russian actress to win an Oscar.

Salary (1)

The Kremlin Letter (1970) $13,000 .00

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