President Traian Basescu signed the decree for actress Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez to be decorated Knight of the Order of the Star of Romania for “her remarkable artistic interpretation, and the love, dedication, and talent she has proven in promoting the art of theatre,” a press release posted on the Presidential Administration website notes. The proposal to award the actress with the highest order of the Romanian state was made by Minister of Culture Kelemen Hunor. Tamara Buciuceanu was born August 10, 1928. Known as ‘the lady of Romanian comedy,’ she is one of the legendary figures in the genre. She has starred in over 25 films and her role as Teacher Isoscel in the ‘Liceenii’ series is one of her most beloved characters. Tamara Buciuceanu acted in plays for the capital city’s most important theatres such as the Giulesti Theatre, the Bulandra Theatre, the National Theatre, or the Comedy Theatre. She has also played Coana Chirita for the National Theatre in Iasi. Over the years, she has had a big number of important on-stage roles in Coana Chirita, Romeo si Julieta la inceput de noiembrie, Scaunele, Cumetrele, Doctor fara voie, Nepotul, Asteptand la arlechin, Domnisoara Nastasia, and Mamouret. The performance which most stands out is her interpretation of Vica Delca in Dimineata pierduta, based on Gabriela Adamesteanu’s novel. Tamara Buciuceanu has also had an impressive career in television and her New Year’s Eve skits are still well remembered.
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