Lila Kedrova

Lila Kedrova

Highest Rated: 100% Tell Me A Riddle (1980)

Lowest Rated: 50% Some Girls (1988)

Birthday: Oct 9, 1918

Birthplace: Petrograd, Soviet Union

Sometimes a part comes along that is so perfectly tailored to an actor's strengths, it is correctly said the role was made for her or him. For Russian-born Lila Kedrova, it was Madame Hortense, the dying courtesan of "Zorba the Greek" (1964), which showcased her fragility, sensitivity and eccentricity. The petite actress earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film and when she reprised it some twenty years later in a revival of the Kander-Ebb-Joseph Stein musical adaptation "Zorba!" in 1983, picked up both Drama Desk and Tony Awards. Kedrova, whose family settled in France in the late 1920s, began her career in European films, playing her first 'Madame' in Juan Antonio Bardem's acclaimed "Calle Mayor" (1956). After her English-language debut in "Zorba," she followed with a colorful turn as a Tampico bawdy house madam in "High Wind in Jamaica" (1965). She was a daffy Polish refugee in Alfred Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain" (1966) and yet another Madame (Martini) in NBC's "Cool Million" (1972). One of her better screen portrayals was as Melvyn Douglas' dying wife in "Tell Me a Riddle" (1980). Among her other roles was her sweet, batty Granny in "Some Girls" (1988), but she is Madame Hortense for the ages, wringing tears from all corners as she expires in Anthony Quinn's arms.

Highest rated movies

Tell Me A Riddle
The Tenant
Zorba the Greek
Torn Curtain
Some Girls




No Score Yet No Score Yet A Star for Two Simone (Character) - 1991
50% 42% Some Girls Granny (Character) $6.2K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Men Rose (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 29% Sword of the Valiant Lady of Lyonesse (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Demon Island Sister Anna (Character) - 1981
100% 60% Tell Me A Riddle Eva (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 67% Clair de Femme Sonia Tovalski (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Practice Makes Perfect Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Widows' Nest Mother (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 31% The Night Child Contessa Cappelli (Character) - 1976
85% 87% The Tenant Madame Gaderian (Character) $9.6K 1976
No Score Yet 40% Eliza's Horoscope Lila (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 55% Soft Beds, Hard Battles Madame Grenier (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet To My Dear Mother on Her Birthday Mafalda (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 58% Primal Impulse Iris Ines (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mask of Marcella Mme. Martine (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape to the Sun Sarah Kaplan (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cool Million Mme. Martine (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 61% The Kremlin Letter Madam Sophie (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Who Couldn't Say No Yolanda's Mother (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 63% Penelope Princess Sadaba (Character) - 1966
65% 53% Torn Curtain Countess Kuchinska (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 51% A High Wind in Jamaica Rosa (Character) - 1965
77% 86% Zorba the Greek Madame Hortense (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Modigliani of Montparnasse Anna Zborowsky (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet People of No Importance Mme Vacopoulos (Character) - 1956