Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Women in Film: Romanian beauty Violeta Andrei

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

In 1941, Violeta Andrei was born in the beautiful city of Brasov, Romania. She went on to study at the prestigious Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest. Her on screen debut was in collaboration with renowned director, Mircea Dragan for his film Golgota (1966). She is remembered today for her beauty - her striking green eyes - but also somewhat notoriously for her marriage to communist partisan, Ştefan Andrei who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania (1978-1985). Naturally, the actress would accompany her husband to political parties and gatherings where Elena Ceaușescu, the first lady (tyrant), was said to have developed a strong disliking and jealous feelings towards Violeta, effectively ordering her to 'cover up' during the filming of beach scenes and refrain from wearing any sort of low-cut blouse or short skirts. She has since become divorced from her husband, however, not much else is known about her life. Every now and again, Violeta appears in television interviews and newspaper articles discussing her fascinating past, but unfortunately the younger generation of Romanians have no interest for the great actors and directors of the past and thus there exists a lack of appreciation throughout the realm of Romanian 'cultural' media.