Helene Vannari in 2013
|Other names||Helene Pillak|
|Spouse(s)||Peep Pillak (divorced)|
|Awards||Order of the White Star IV Class|
Helene Vannari (born 20 March 1948) is an Estonian stage, radio, television and film actress.
Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia, is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), water 2,839 km2 (1,096 sq mi), land area 42,388 km2 (16,366 sq mi), and is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country, Estonian, is the third most spoken Finno-Ugric language.
Helene Vannari was born in the town of Kilingi-Nõmme in Pärnu County. Her father was a forestry teacher and her mother was an archivist.She is one of two siblings, both girls. When Vannari was three-years-old, her family moved to Tartu, where she attended schools, including studying at the Vanemuine drama studio, graduating in 1966. At age seven, her father died and she was raised by her mother. In 1970, she graduated from the Tallinn State Conservatory, Performing Arts Department (now, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre). During her studies at the Tallinn State Conservatory, she met and befriended classmate Ene Järvis. The two would become lifelong friends.
Kilingi-Nõmme is a town in Pärnu County, southwestern Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Saarde Parish. It's located on the intersection of Valga–Uulu and Tartu–Viljandi–Kilingi-Nõmme roads, about 11 km (7 mi) from the Estonian border with Latvia.
Pärnu County, or Pärnumaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in south-western part of the country, on the coast of Gulf of Riga, and borders Lääne and Rapla counties to the north, Järva and Viljandi counties to the east, and Latvia to the south. In January 2013 Pärnu County had a population of 81,428 – constituting 6.3% of the total population of Estonia.
Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia, after Estonia's political and financial capital Tallinn.
After graduation, Vannari joined the Ugala theatre in Viljandi in 1970. She would remain an actress at the theatre until 1974. Some of her most memorable stage roles at the Ugala were as Petrella Lucia in Eduardo De Filippo's The Art of Comedy (1970), Miina in August Kitzberg's Püve Peter's Tricks (1971), Valentina in Mikhail Roshchin's Valentin and Valentina (1971), and as Tom Canty in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper (1972).
Ugala is a theatre in the city of Viljandi in Estonia. It was founded in 1920 opening on January 10 of that year.
Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia with a population of 17,473 in 2013. It is the capital of Viljandi County. The town was first mentioned in 1283, upon being granted its town charter by Wilhelm von Endorpe. The town became a member of the Hanseatic League at the beginning of the 14th century, and is one of five Estonian towns and cities in the league. The once influential Estonian newspaper Sakala was founded in Viljandi in 1878.
Eduardo De Filippo, also known simply as Eduardo was an Italian actor, playwright, screenwriter, author and poet, best known for his Neapolitan works Filumena Marturano and Napoli Milionaria. Considered as one of the most important italian artists of 20th century was author of many theatrical dramas put on play and directed by himself first and later awarded and played outside Italy. For his artistic merits and contribution to the culture was nominee senatore a vita by Italian Presidente della Repubblica Sandro Pertini.
In 1976, she joined at the Tallinn City Theatre where she is still currently engaged. During her many years at the theatre, she has performed in memorable roles in works by international authors and playwrights as: Shakespeare, Molière, Guilherme Figueiredo, Eugene O'Neill, Federico García Lorca, Jean Genet, Sławomir Mrożek, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Dario Fo, Eduard Uspensky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin McDonagh, Alexandre Dumas, Thomas Mann, Martin McDonagh and Evelyn Waugh, among others. Memorable roles in works by Estonian authors and playwrights include those of: Rein Saluri, Paul Kuusberg, Hugo Raudsepp, Anton Hansen Tammsaare, and Jaan Tätte, among others.
Tallinn City Theatre is a repertory theatre located in the medieval old town of Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn City Theatre was established in 1965 as Estonian SSR State Youth Theatre. In 1992, after the reindependence of Estonia, Elmo Nüganen became the artistic director, holding this position until today. In 1994, it became a municipal theatre named Tallinn City Theatre. Tallinn City Theatre's house is unique, consisting of 16 interconnected medieval merchant's houses. Tallinn City Theatre organizes a biannual international theatre festival Midwinter Night's Dream, which takes place in December.
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature. His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today. His influence is such that the French language itself is often referred to as the "language of Molière".
Throughout her career onstage, she has appeared in many other theatres in Estonia, including: the Estonian Drama Theatre, the Vanalinnastuudio (Old Town Studio theatre), the Rändteater (Travelling Theatre), the Pärimusteater (Heritage Theatre), and the Vana Baskini Teater (Old [Eino] Baskin's Theatre).
The Estonian Drama Theatre is a theatre in Tallinn, Estonia. It has the role of a national theatre for Estonia.
Helene Vannari's first substantial television role was as Tiiger Urr in the 1981 television family film Onu Tik-Taki seiklused, directed by Virve Koppel.This was followed by the role of Ivo's mother in the 1994 Finnish-Estonian comedy television film Amerikan unelma, directed by Kalle Pursiainen for Yleisradio (YLE). In 1995, she appeared as Maria in the ETV historical drama miniseries Wikmani poised , based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Estonian author Jaan Kross.
Eesti Televisioon (ETV) is the free-to-air national public television station of Estonia. It made its first broadcast on 19 July 1955.
Wikmani poisid is a semi-autobiographical novel by Estonian writer Jaan Kross, published in 1988.
Jaan Kross was an Estonian writer. He was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature during the early 1990s.
In 2006, she appeared on the ETV crime-drama series Ohtlik lend, and in 2011 appeared as Aino Lillepuu in an episode of the Finnish MTV3 crime-drama thriller Tappajan näköinen mies. From 2010 until 2012, she had a recurring role as Aino Kessner in the historical comedy series ENSV: Eesti Nõukogude Sotsialistlik Vabariik, which reflects on life during the early 1980s in the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Other appearances in television series include; Tupiktänava mehed (2012–2013), Saare Sosinad (2012); Kelgukoerad (several roles between 2007 and 2012); Mägede Varjud (2013); Üheotsapilet (2015); and as Asta Vilumäe in two episodes of the popular TV3 comedy-crime series Kättemaksukontor (2015).
Helene Vannari made her feature film debut in 1990 in a small role in the Arvo Kruusement directed Sügis for Tallinnfilm. The film was based on the 1938 Oskar Luts novel of the same name and the final part of a trilogy of both the novels and films made based on them. This was followed by another small role in the Aimée Beekman and Vladimir Beekman penned, Kaljo Kiisk directed drama Regina, also released in 1990 by Tallinnfilm. In 1991, she played the role of Selma in the Roman Baskin directed drama Rahu tänav, and in 1992 she played the role of Juula in the Lembit Ulfsak directed comedy family film Lammas all paremas nurgas.
In 1997, Vannari played Russian Bolshevik revolutionary, politician, and the wife of Vladimir Lenin, Nadezhda Krupskaya in the Hardi Volmer directed Estonian historic comedy Minu Leninid , starring Üllar Saaremäe.
In 2002, she appeared in a small role in the Elmo Nüganen historical drama Nimed marmortahvlil , based on the 1936 novel of the same name by author Albert Kivikas, that follows young Estonian men fighting in the 1918-1920 Estonian War of Independence. In 2006, she appeared as Leida in the television comedy film Meeletu , directed by Elmo Nüganen and produced by Taska Film and Tallinnfilm.In 2007, Vannari appeared in the Peeter Simm directed film Georg ; a biographical drama chronicling the life of Estonian singer Georg Ots. In 2006, Vannari had appeared in a television film musical with the same title, also focusing on the life of Ots.
In 2012, she played the role of Mai in the Ilmar Raag directed drama Une Estonienne à Paris. The film follows an Estonian woman named Anne (played by Laine Mägi) who leaves Estonia to travel to Paris and care for an elderly Estonian woman named Frida (played by French actress Jeanne Moreau) who emigrated to France long ago.The following year she appeared as Helga in the romantic drama Kertu, again directed by Ilma Raag, and starring Ursula Ratasepp and Mait Malmsten.
Helene Vannari was married to actor Peep Pillak at age 21. They have one daughter, singer Annaliisa Pillak. The couple divorced in 1999.
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