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Rula Lenska (born Róża Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska, 30 September 1947) is an English-Polish actress. She mainly appears in British stage and television productions, but is known in the United States for a series of commercials for Alberto VO5 hairspray in the late-1970s and early-1980s.

Lenska was born at St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England. Her family are members of the Polish nobility, and bearers of the Pomian coat of arms. They once owned a castle and estate in Kazimierza Wielka, Poland. Her father, Major Count Ludwik Łubieński, was personal secretary to Józef Beck, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Poland before the Nazi occupation of the country. Later, he became adjutant to General Władysław Sikorski, Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile and chief of the Polish military mission in Gibraltar during World War II. Łubieński later became head of the CIA-funded Polish Section of Radio Free Europe in Germany during the Cold War. Her mother was Countess Elżbieta Tyszkiewicz who escaped from Poland during the Nazi occupation, to Italy, but was captured with her own mother and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where they survived for two years. Lenska was educated at the Ursuline Convent School in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

Her big break was as Little Ladies' band member, "Q", in the British TV series Rock Follies (1976) and its sequel, Rock Follies of '77, the following year. By this time, she had renounced her title as a Polish countess.

Lenska appeared in advertisements for the hair product Alberto VO5, which were shown on US television. Though Lenska was a popular actress in the UK, she was virtually unknown in the United States. In a Tonight Show monologue broadcast after the commercials started running, Johnny Carson asked "Who the hell is Rula Lenska?" and began using Lenska's name as a running joke on his show. Around the same time, Jane Curtin played Lenska in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rula Lenska (born Róża Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska, 30 September 1947) is an English-Polish actress. She mainly appears in British stage and television productions, but is known in the United States for a series of commercials for Alberto VO5 hairspray in the late-1970s and early-1980s.

Lenska was born at St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England. Her family are members of the Polish nobility, and bearers of the Pomian coat of arms. They once owned a castle and estate in Kazimierza Wielka, Poland. Her father, Major Count Ludwik Łubieński, was personal secretary to Józef Beck, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Poland before the Nazi occupation of the country. Later, he became adjutant to General Władysław Sikorski, Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile and chief of the Polish military mission in Gibraltar during World War II. Łubieński later became head of the CIA-funded Polish Section of Radio Free Europe in Germany during the Cold War. Her mother was Countess Elżbieta Tyszkiewicz who escaped from Poland during the Nazi occupation, to Italy, but was captured with her own mother and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where they survived for two years. Lenska was educated at the Ursuline Convent School in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

Her big break was as Little Ladies' band member, "Q", in the British TV series Rock Follies (1976) and its sequel, Rock Follies of '77, the following year. By this time, she had renounced her title as a Polish countess.

Lenska appeared in advertisements for the hair product Alberto VO5, which were shown on US television. Though Lenska was a popular actress in the UK, she was virtually unknown in the United States. In a Tonight Show monologue broadcast after the commercials started running, Johnny Carson asked "Who the hell is Rula Lenska?" and began using Lenska's name as a running joke on his show. Around the same time, Jane Curtin played Lenska in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 29

Birthday 1947-09-30

Place of Birth St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Róża Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska
  • Roza Maria Leopoldyna Lubienska
  • Róża Łubieńska
  • Roza Lubienska

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 7 Up and Me as Herself
2018 Aura as Ada
2015 Bait as Linda
2014 Inside No. 9 (1 episode) as Celia
2008 Jack Says as Garvey
2005 Gypo as Irina
2005 Ideal (1 episode) as The Red King
2001 Celebrity Big Brother (23 episodes)
1993 The Detectives (1 episode) as Duchess
1993 GMTV (1 episode)
1986 Casualty (1 episode) as Circus Owner
1984 Robin of Sherwood (1 episode)
1981 Take a Letter, Mr. Jones (6 episodes)
1981 Private Schulz (1 episode)
1981 Agatha Christie's Seven Dials Mystery as Countess Radzsky
1979 Minder (2 episodes)
1979 Design for Living as Gilda
1979 The New Media Bible: The Gospel According to St. Luke as Herodias
1976 Queen Kong as Luce Habit
1976 It Could Happen to You as Rita
1976 The Deadly Females as Luisa
1976 Rock Follies (12 episodes)
1976 Amazing Stories as Ms Fandom
1975 Royal Flash as Helga
1975 Space: 1999 (1 episode) as Joan Conway
1975 Alfie Darling as Louise
1975 Confessions of a Pop Performer as Receptionist
1974 Soft Beds, Hard Battles as Louise
1963 Doctor Who (4 episodes)

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