Profile: Jiřina Bohdalová

Jiřina Bohdalová is one of the leading lights of Czech cinema, dubbed the first lady of Czech film. Her mother was active in amateur theatre and Jiřina started appearing on screen and on stage from an early age. In 1957, she successfully graduated with a Josefina performance, which earned her an offer by Jan Werich, and she accepted a job in the ABC Theatre. However, it was Divadlo na Vinohradech that became her home. Jiřina Bohdalová has played countless characters in comedy and drama films and fairy-tales. She won Czech Lion film awards for her leading roles in fairy-tale The Immortal Aunt and drama Fany. She also found her place on the TV screen in numerous films, TV shows, and especially as a comedy talent on the Televarieté show.