A Slovak actress of the century, Emília Vášáryová who speaks Hungarian, Slovak, and German represents the history and culture of Slovakia as well as that of Central Europe. As an actress she was part of the most important period of the Czechoslovak film, the Czechoslovak New Wave, that was founded by quintessential personalities such as Miloš Forman, Věra Chytilová and Evald Schorm. In the beginning she played fragile and lyrical characters (Natasha, Helena, Roxane), later she characterized dominant roles (Antigona, Ifigenia, Iokaste, Elizabeth), and then continued with destructive characters (Masha, Estelle, Ellida Wangle, Maria Callas). However, she also embodied a normal aging Old Lady (Ionesco). She is an actress of classical drama (August lost in Oklahoma) as well as of modern minimalism (Rechnitz – Der Würgeengel). Together with her colleagues, through theatre, she did not only react to politics of impediment but created an island for escape. For the past thirty years she has been passing on her knowledge about theatre and her vision of acting on to students of the performing arts.