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Rula Lenska

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Rula Lenska (born Róża Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska, 30 September 1947) is an English-Polish actress. She mainly appears in British stage and television productions, but is known in the United States for a series of commercials for Alberto VO5 hairspray in the late-1970s and early-1980s. Lenska was born at St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England. Her family are members of the Polish nobility, and bearers of the Pomian coat of arms. They once owned a castle and estate in Kazimierza Wielka, Poland. Her father, Major Count Ludwik Łubieński, was personal secretary to Józef Beck, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Poland before the Nazi occupation of the country. Later, he became adjutant to General Władysław Sikorski, Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile and chief of the Polish military mission in Gibraltar during World War II. Łubieński later became head of the CIA-funded Polish Section of Radio Free Europe in Germany during the Cold War. Her mother was Countess Elżbieta Tyszkiewicz who escaped from Poland during the Nazi occupation, to Italy, but was captured with her own mother and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where they survived for two years. Lenska was educated at the Ursuline Convent School in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. Her big break was as Little Ladies' band member, "Q", in the British TV series Rock Follies (1976) and its sequel, Rock Follies of '77, the following year. By this time, she had renounced her title as a Polish countess. Lenska appeared in advertisements for the hair product Alberto VO5, which were shown on US television. Though Lenska was a popular actress in the UK, she was virtually unknown in the United States. In a Tonight Show monologue broadcast after the commercials started running, Johnny Carson asked "Who the hell is Rula Lenska?" and began using Lenska's name as a running joke on his show. Around the same time, Jane Curtin played Lenska in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.


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Born:
Sep 30, 1947 In St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
31
First Appeared:
In the series Doctor Who 1963-11-23
Latest Project:
Movie 7 Up and Me 2019-06-03
Known For
Poster of Aura
Poster of Inside No. 9
Poster of GMTV
Poster of Casualty
Filmography
Movie 7 Up and Me Herself 2019-06-03
Movie Aura Ada 2018-08-07
Movie Bait Linda 2015-08-29
Series Inside No. 9 Celia 2014-02-05
Movie Jack Says Garvey 2008-09-22
Series Ideal The Red King 2005-01-11
Movie Gypo Irina 2005-08-24
Series GMTV Unknown 1993-01-01
Series The Detectives Duchess 1993-01-27
Series Cluedo Mrs. Peacock 1990-07-25
Movie Mr. H Is Late Unknown 1988-02-15
Series Casualty Circus Owner 1986-09-06
Series Robin of Sherwood Morgwyn of Ravenscar 1984-04-28
Movie Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks Styles 1984-02-15
Movie Agatha Christie's Seven Dials Mystery Countess Radzsky 1981-03-08
Series Private Schulz Unknown 1981-05-06
Series Take a Letter, Mr. Jones Unknown 1981-09-05
Movie The New Media Bible: The Gospel According to St. Luke Herodias 1979-01-01
Movie Design for Living Gilda 1979-05-06
Series Minder Unknown 1979-10-29
Movie Amazing Stories Ms Fandom 1976-02-01
Movie The Deadly Females Luisa 1976-11-01
Series Rock Follies Unknown 1976-02-24
Movie It Could Happen to You Rita 1976-11-11
Movie Queen Kong Luce Habit 1976-12-10
Movie Alfie Darling Louise 1975-07-17
Movie Confessions of a Pop Performer Receptionist 1975-01-01
Series Space: 1999 Joan Conway 1975-09-04
Movie Royal Flash Helga 1975-10-10
Movie Soft Beds, Hard Battles Louise 1974-01-24
Series Doctor Who Unknown 1963-11-23