Maia Morgenstern was awarded a star on the Romanian Walk of Fame in Bucharest’s Time Square on Sunday, which also marked the actress’s 49th birthday. “Maia Morgenstern is a Romanian brand we can be proud of,” the director of the Metropolis Theatre, George Ivascu, stated, during the ceremony, Mediafax reports. Holding an armful of flowers, mostly orchids, Maia Morgenstern stated that the distinction awarded moved her and enhanced her sense of responsibility. “It is a very moving moment, and it is the time to draw a balance. I am turning 49 today. It’s my birthday and this (e.n. the star awarded) is, perhaps, one of the finest gifts life can offer me,” the actress said. “Whatever constellations may follow it, this moment will stay for ever in my mind, in my heart,” the actress added, underlining that, beyond “the hubris and vanity that haunt us all”, she felt “the pride of recognition”, when thinking of her star on the Walk of Fame. Maia Morgenstern said her little girls had refused to accompany her to the event. In response, the actress told the little ones, tongue in cheek, that she would not go to their school festivities either. Also attending the ceremony was the deputy chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania, Paul Schwartz.
Among the actress’s most noteworthy roles on stage was Lola Lola in “Der Blaue Engel”, while some of her finest performances on screen were in the films “The Oak”, directed by Lucian Pintilie, “The Earth’s Most Beloved Son”, by Serban Marinescu, as well as in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”.
Before Maia Morgenstern, this distinction was awarded, also, to Florin Piersic, in January, Victor Rebengiuc, in February, Radu Beligan, in March, and Amza Pellea (posthumously), in April.