Joanna Pacula

Actor, Model
This dark-haired beauty honed her craft on stage in her native Poland. Graduating from drama school at age 17, Joanna Pacula joined the Polish Repertory Company of Warsaw and distinguished herself in productions of ... Read more »
Born: 01/02/1957 in Poland

Filmography

Actor (53)

Black Widow 2014 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Crusade of Vengeance 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

When Nietzsche Wept 2006 (Movie)

Mathilda (Actor)

Forget About It 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cutter 2005 (Movie)

Elizabeth Teller (Actor)

El Padrino 2003 (Movie)

Jessica Lancaster (Actor)

No Place Like Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hit 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brutally Normal 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash & Byrnes 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Error in Judgment 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Art of Murder 1999 (Movie)

Elizabeth Sheridan (Actor)

Virus 1999 (Movie)

Nadia (Actor)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

Lillianna (Actor)

Business For Pleasure 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven Before I Die 1997 (Movie)

Selma (Actor)

In Praise of Older Women 1997 (Movie)

Marta (Actor)

The Colony 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunted Sea 1996 (Movie)

1st Mate Bergren (Actor)

Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deep Red 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Gasp 1994 (Movie)

Nora Weeks (Actor)

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Timemaster 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Body Puzzle 1993 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

C'e Kim Novak al Telefono 1993 (Movie)

Emilia (Actor)

Condition Critical 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Every Breath 1993 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

Eyes of the Beholder 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Private Lessons 2 1993 (Movie)

Sophie Morgan (Actor)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Under Investigation 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Warlock: the Armageddon 1993 (Movie)

Paula Dare (Actor)

Black Ice 1992 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

E.A.R.T.H. Force 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

La Villa del Venerdi 1990 (Movie)

Alina (Actor)

Marked for Death 1990 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Breaking Point 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Options 1989 (Movie)

Princess Nicole (Actor)

Sweet Lies 1988 (Movie)

Joelle (Actor)

The Kiss 1988 (Movie)

Felice (Actor)

Death Before Dishonor 1987 (Movie)

Elli (Actor)

Crossings 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Quite Jerusalem 1984 (Movie)

Gila (Actor)

Gorky Park 1983 (Movie)

Irina (Actor)

Deep Red (Movie)

Monica Quik (Actor)

DinoCroc (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From Sobibor (TV Show)

Actor

Normandy: The Great Crusade (TV Show)

Voice

Not Like Us (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Deception (TV Show)

Actor

The White Raven (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This dark-haired beauty honed her craft on stage in her native Poland. Graduating from drama school at age 17, Joanna Pacula joined the Polish Repertory Company of Warsaw and distinguished herself in productions of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", "Othello" and "As You Like It". She also found work in a handful of films, including Krzysztof Zanussi's "Barwy Ochronne/Camouflage" (1977). Pacula was caught in Paris when Poland declared martial law in late 1981 and she eventually landed in the USA where she has specialized in playing European temptresses since her feature debut opposite William Hurt in Michael Apted's "Gorky Park" (1983). She acted the part of the exotic beauty in numerous American TV series and movies, including the Holocaust drama "Escape From Sobibor" (CBS, 1987), "E.A.R.T.H. Force" (CBS, 1990) and "The Colony" (ABC, 1996). In features, Pacula was particularly effective as a model living under a curse in "The Kiss" (1986). More recently, she was featured in "Tombstone" (1993) as Doc Holliday's lover Kate, "The Haunted Sea" (1997) and "Virus" (1999), playing a Russian scientist.

Relationships

Ron Meyer Actor

Companion

Roman Polanski Actor

Companion
Romantically involved c.1981-83

EDUCATION

Polish National Theatre School

1974
graduated at age 17

Milestones

2000

Returned to series TV as co-star of the sitcom "Brutally Normal" (The WB)

1999

Co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland in "Virus"

1996

Had featured role in the busted ABC pilot "The Colony"

1990

Debuted as regular on the short-lived CBS action adventure series "E.A.R.T.H. Force"

1988

Played a model under a family curse in the uneven horror thriller "The Kiss"

1987

Co-starred with Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer in the based-on-fact "Escape From Sobibor" (CBS)

1986

US TV acting debut, the ABC miniseries "Crossings"

1983

American film acting debut, "Gorky Park"

1982

Attained a theater scholarship that allowed her to remain in Paris (date approximate)

1981

Was visiting Paris when martial law was declared in Poland and was temporarily unable to return home

Worked as a model, appearing on the covers of VOGUE, COSMOPOLITAN and HARPER'S BAZAAR

Joined Polish Repertory Company of Warsaw after drama school; played female lead in "Romeo and Juliet"

Moved to New York

Appeared in eight feature films in her native Poland, including Krsytof Zanussi's "Barwy Ochronne/Camouflage" (1977)

Raised in Poland

Bonus Trivia

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Pacula is fluent in Polish, English, Russian and French.

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Sources are divided over Ms. Pacula's birthdate: some (such as CBS publicity for "E.A.R.T.H. Force") list December 30; others (like "International Motion Picture Almanac") give January 2

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