Lidia Korsak-Brusikiewicz Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Lidia Korska-Brusikiewicz (born 17 January 1934 - died 6 September 2013)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since June 2011.

Lidia Korsak-Brusikiewicz, known by the general public as Lidia Korsakówna, was born on 17 January 1934 in Baranowicze (Baranovichi). A theatre and film actress, she has been associated with Warsaw’s stages since her very first performances. Her artistic career as a dancer and singer started in the 1950s, in the “Mazowsze” State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, under the tutelage of Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska. Then, at nineteen, thanks to her Mazowsze fame, she was cast in the film “Przygoda na Mariensztacie” (“Adventure at Marienstadt”) – the first Polish feature filmed in colour, directed by Leonard Buczkowski. She won the hearts of audiences with her portrayal of Hanka Ruczajówna, for years becoming the most popular actress of her generation, appearing in many important features. In 1953-54 she performed in Teatr Satyryków (Satirists’ Theatre) in Katowice, and in 1955 she became involved with the Warsaw group of Teatr Syrena (Mermaid Theatre), in which she played until the mid-1990s. Her husband, Kazimierz Brusikiewicz, a renowned actor and activist in ZASP (the Polish Artists Association), also played on that stage. In recognition of her artistic and social activities, Lidia Korsak-Brusikiewicz has been honoured with such distinctions as the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1979) and the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis (2011).