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They are 11 years apart. Their romance, although it did not last long, caused quite a stir not only among fans, but also among friends of stars. To this day, it is said that it was the greatest and hottest romance of the 1980s. Why was Pola Raksa and Bogusław Linda not written for a happy ending?
Pola Raksa did not plan to act. That changed one day while visiting … a milk bar
Pola Raksa, or rather Apolonia Raksa, was born in Lida – it is a small town in the territory of present-day Belarus. Immediately after the Second World War, she moved with her family to Wrocław, and then to Jelenia Góra. After graduating from high school, Pola began her Polish studies, but over time she abandoned them in favor of the Acting Department of the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theater. Leon Schiller in Łódź. All this thanks to a visit to a milk bar in the late 1950s. It was there that she was noticed by a photographer of the weekly “Around the World”, who offered her a photo session.
Its effects appeared on the cover of the weekly, which attracted the attention of many people, also from the world of cinematography. Raksa was noticed by the makers of the film “Satan of the Seventh Class”, who offered her a job in production. And so in 1960 Pola Raksa made her film debut.
Then more job offers followed. The actress appeared in, among others in “Reality” by Antoni Bohdziewicz or “Ashes” by Andrzej Wajda. The breakthrough in her career turned out to be the role of Marusia in “Four Tankers”. At first, Raksa was concerned about how she would be taken in the role of a Soviet nurse, but viewers loved her.
However, Reksa did not expect such fame. In 1970, in an interview with “Ekran” she admitted that this role limited her greatly:
No actor willingly accepts such a limitation of emploi. I encountered such a limitation at the beginning of my professional career. After my first films, it was decided that I should only play the characters of beautiful, simple, gentle-hearted girls, i.e. the type of roles that are called ‘first naive’. Such a labeled actor begins to sigh at the roles of villains.
Privately, Raksa in the years 1964-1970 was the wife of the cinematographer, director and screenwriter Andrzej Kostenko, with whom she has a son, Marcin (1967). The marriage, however, did not survive due to the man’s betrayal.
Bogusław Linda’s life changed dramatically after moving to Warsaw
Bogusław Linda was born in 1952 in Toruń, and in 1975 he graduated from the State Higher Theater School. Ludwik Solski in Krakow. He made his first professional steps at the Stary Theater in Krakow, with which he joined during his studies. He made his debut as a halberdier in the series “Black Clouds” in 1973, but the character of the anarchist Gryziak in Agnieszka Holland’s 1980 “Fever” turned out to be the key to his career.
However, before this happened, at the age of 29, the actor moved to Warsaw. He was already the father of one-year-old twins and had a few not very “high-profile” roles to his credit. He was offered the role of Archangel Gabriel in Schiller’s Pastorałka and it was there that he met the then known Pola Raksa.
All of Poland talked about this romance in the 1980s. Passionate feeling of Pola Raksa and Bogusław Linda
When they met, Pola Raksa was 40 years old, but she was still considered a symbol of femininity and sex. So when, after one of the rehearsals, the actress suggested Linda, who had nowhere to sleep, to spend the night with her, he did not think for a long time. The actors moved in together, and everyone talked about their passionate relationships. One of Linda’s friends was about to comment on the couple’s romance for the magazine “Na Żywo”:
– You didn’t have to be very imaginative to figure out which way things would go. …
Unfortunately, the idyll did not last long, only half a year. Conflicts between the lovers began to emerge as a result of Linda’s tense relationship with the then 14-year-old son of Raksa. The nail in the coffin turned out to be the actor’s boisterous lifestyle and his inclination towards other women, which Linda himself mentioned years later:
– Because then I saw only two things in my silly eyes: flowers in one eye and a woman in the other. The flowers were for commercial purposes. In return for sex and affection. What attracted me the most to the film was the opportunity to meet many beautiful actresses. And each time different, and not always the same, colleagues from the theater.
How was Pola Raksa’s fate later? Today, little is known about her
Pola was adamant, so Linda had to leave her apartment immediately. Soon the actress got involved with Marek Piwowarski, but this relationship did not last long either.
Until the end of the 1980s, Raksa could be admired at the Współczesny Theater and the Television Theater. The last performance she performed took place in 1997 at the Dramatyczny Theater in Warsaw. However, the last film production in which she participated was “Abduction of Agata” from 1993. Later, the actress decided to devote herself to fashion. She even ran a column on this subject for some time in “Rzeczpospolita” and passed the exams, receiving the license of a designer from the Ministry of Culture and Art.
With time, however, also from this area, Raksa decided to cut herself off and move into the shadows, away from the glare of the spotlight. In the 1990s, the actress moved from Warsaw to Mazovia. For many years, Raksa has not appeared in public and does not give interviews.
Bogusław Linda’s career has gained real momentum. We can still watch it on the big screen
Linda was also not lonely for long. After parting ways with Raksa, he got into an affair with Monika Jaruzelska. However, much more than his love affairs were said about his successive iconic roles, thanks to which he entered the pages of cinematography. In most cases, he played the role of a tough guy, so he could still enjoy the playboy patch and a faithful crowd of female fans. Lieutenant Arek in “Kroll”, Franz Maurer in “Psy” and Leon in “Sarah” are undoubtedly iconic roles that contributed to the development of his career.
Participation in Władysław Pasikowski’s film “Kroll”, apart from fame, also brought him love. It was on the set of this film that he met his current wife, Lidia Popiel, who then played a supporting character. In one of the conversations with Magda, Umer admitted that he had always dreamed of such love:
– I have always dreamed of great love. And when I met Lidka, the woman of my life, she was the most important since then.
Although not everyone initially believed that the cinema lover would settle down for longer, the couple welcomed their daughter Aleksandra into the world in 1992, and in 2000 took a quiet wedding. In 2017, the photographer Lidia Popiel admitted in “Viva” that Linda charmed her:
– I didn’t get interested in him because he was my dream subject. His fame didn’t confuse me. Bogusław has a huge charm about him, something so magnetic that even if he was sweeping the streets, many women would love him. And I love when women are interested in my man.
We can still admire Bogusław Linda in many popular productions. The last high-profile films with his participation are “Mafia Women” from 2018, “Planet of singles 3” from 2019 or the third part of the cult series “Psy” from 2020. This year, HBO Max also released a crime series starring the actor “Odwiła”, where he plays, among others, with Katarzyna Wajda, Andrzej Grabowski and Sebastian Fabijański.