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  • Věra Chytilová

    (1929-2014) Věra Chytilová, the first lady of Czech cinema, one of the key figures of the so-called Czechoslovak New Wave, as the generation of directors employing new themes and artistic means was called in the 1960s. In her films, she did not skimp on originality and metaphors that clearly and unequivocally disparaged life conditions under…

  • Vítězslava Kaprálová

    (1915-1940) Vítězslava Kaprálová, the first Czech female composer and conductor, an extremely talented musician. She learned conducting from Václav Talich, a great personality of Czech music and the chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic for more than two decades. She composed Military Sinfonietta which was performed under her direction by the London BBC Orchestra at…

  • Lata Brandis

    (1895-1981) Lata Brandis, noblewoman and horse rider, she was the first woman to take part in the famous Great Pardubice Steeplechase, one of the most difficult horse races in Europe, in 1927. Ten years later, she won the race on the mare Norma. Thus far, she is the only woman in history to win this…

  • Barbora Špotáková

    (*1981) Barbora Špotáková, javelin thrower, two-time Olympic champion from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. She was third at the Rio 2016 Games. She won the title of world champion in Osaka in 2007, and another one ten years later in London. After the victory in London, she also came close to a triumph…

  • Martina Sáblíková

    (*1987) Martina Sáblíková, speed skater, three-time winner of the Winter Olympics in 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi), multiple world champion in the 3000 m, 5000 m and combined. She began her professional sports career on a frozen pond due to a lack of athletic facilities. In Vancouver 2010, Martina Sáblíková won three medals, two golds…

  • Magdalena Kožená

    (*1973) Magdalena Kožená, a world-renowned mezzo-soprano who performs on the world’s leading stages. The recipient of several major prizes in Czechia and around the world, she came to prominence at the Sixth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg which she won in 1995. She was signed as an exclusive artist by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999. Her…

  • Meda Mládková

    (1919-2022) Meda Mládková, art collector, patron and founder of Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation and the Kampa Museum in Prague, which houses her wide collection of modern Central European art. After the communist coup in 1948, she remained abroad and socialized with the exiled members of the Czech intellectual and artistic elite. From the 1950s,…

  • Soňa Červená

    (1925-2023) Soňa Červená, an opera singer, mezzo-soprano and alto who left Czechoslovakia for a successful career on the leading stages of Europe and America. After studying voice in her home city of Prague, she made her professional opera début in 1954 at the opera house in Brno and a major success at the National Theatre…

  • Madeleine Albright

    (1937–2022) Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold the office of the U.S. Secretary of State, was born as Marie Jana Korbelová to the family of Czechoslovak diplomat Josef Korbel. During her childhood, she and her family went into exile twice, the first time fleeing from Hitler to London, the second time and for good…

  • Olga Havlová

    (1933–1996) Olga Havlová, wife of the playwright, author, political prisoner and later president Václav Havel, who became the first head of state after the fall of the communist regime. Before 1989, she organized opposition meetings and other activities. Havel’s correspondence to her during his incarceration makes one of his most consequential books, Letters to Olga.…