The notorious troublemaker also enchanted the ‘Streisand’. Where did the curly boy from Girl on a Broomstick go? Celebrity Secrets


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The description: Michal Hejný as Čenda Bujnoch in the famous musical Girl on a Broomstick

Rousek, Bujnoch, Adamek! Who wouldn’t remember the pundit’s clover that the movie witch Saxana conjured up as bunny ears for punishment? One had a popular talk show for years, the other is almost off the TV screen. But where did the third one go?

They were found in almost every classroom, they were like Dumas’ musketeers, and when something went wrong, the singers were sure to leave. The trio of teenage villains, whose plays sometimes swayed to the edge of the real issue, simply belonged to our educational system, so they couldn’t be missing in director Václav Vorlíček’s famous musical fairy tale, The Girl with the Broom. But in real life, these three would hardly be put together in one class, because they were born every year. Today, the elder Miky Rousek is the most popular and drastic moderator of his own show, Jan Kraus, a year younger representative of Bohouš Adámek, Vlastimil Zavřel, is one of our busiest actors. Only the youngest, curly Michal Hejný alias Čenda Bujnoch, as if he had fallen underground.

From the world of great scientists

The date of his birth is one of the most magical, Michal was born in Prague on May 25, 1955 in a family that had nothing to do with light muses at first sight. Father Slavomil Hejný was one of the most important botanists, not only ours, but also European botanists of the 20th century. He discussed the ecological characteristics of aquatic and marsh plants and synanthropic botany, the science of plant species found near human settlements, for example in the middle of towns and villages. For many years he worked as director of the Botanical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Průhonice. Michal’s mother, Liselotte Teltscher, from the family of a Jewish wine merchant, had a very eventful career. Although she was born in Vienna, she grew up in Mikulov, South Moravia, and the family belonged to the patrons of the local Jewish community. In 1940, they managed to get to Italy at the last minute, all other relatives perished in Nazi concentration camps. She studied botany, zoology and biochemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She did not return to Czechoslovakia until 1947, but her scientific career ended with standardization. She then worked as an interpreter, translator and teacher of German and English.

unguided missile

Wild Michal worked in the family of avid scientists as a little cuckoo clock. From an early age, he lacked no boy trouble, it was full everywhere and he had an extraordinary sense of humor and recession. But he also sang beautifully, masterfully managed to “cut out” the hits of Barbra Streisand, whom he was very fond of and dreamed of wanting to meet her. The talent was to be inherited by, as he was the nephew of screenwriter and director Radúz Činčera, whose most famous work is the legendary Kinoautomat from the world’s fair Expo ’67 in Montreal, Canada, and witnesses can tell remembering the popular H Hory Miroslav Hornicek. It is no wonder that at the age of fifteen Michal applied for admission in the field of music and theater at the Prague Conservatory and soon after he also took part in a big audition in which Václav Vorlíček was looking for his three “hairs” for the film. Girl on a broom. As always, the infallible director really chose the best, and thanks to this Michal wrote the first and, unfortunately, the last cinematic role in his filmography, the character of Čenda Bujnoch.

Novy Hrzan?

His teachers predicted a great future for him, which compared his talent to the extraordinary comedian Jiří Hrzán. His conservatory was also small, so after two years he went straight to DAMU, just like his classmate Simona Stašová. Director Jaroslav Dudek prepared it for rehearsals, and Michal then arranged Simona’s mother Jiřina Bohdalová if she didn’t want to watch it. “When his mother saw him, she immediately gave him the role of Chlestakov from Gogol’s comedy The Listener. My mother and I laughed heartily when he showed us the whole monologue, and we knew that ‘he would pass the exams because he was very good,’ Simona recalled for the daily Blesk ten years ago. But even if someone said that a new star was coming out, no one invited him in front of the In 1972, he starred in the television production In Hard Days by Věra Jordánová and appeared in the series Woman Behind the Counter and Thirty Cases of Major Zeman, but in both cases he was given such little “strangers that her name wasn’t even mentioned in the captions.

Excited funny girl

He did not finish his studies in the end, why he was in fact expelled from DAMU, it is not known exactly, he allegedly had an argument with one of the teachers, the communist Světlá Amortová, due to his rebellious nature. He then performed for two years at the North Moravian Theater in Šumperk, but did not compete for a decent offer, so he finally decided to pursue his dream. At the age of twenty-three he traveled to Italy, where he had friends, and after a short stay in Rome he emigrated to the United States. Another talent from God made it easier for him to travel the world, as he easily learned foreign languages ​​and spoke six of them without any problems. He was even accepted into the famous acting school of Lee Strasberg in the United States, but this time he did not complete his studies, which permanently gave up his acting career. But his big dream came true. He performed in front of his idol, the unique actress and singer Barbara Streisand. He sang his own song People from the musical Funny Girl, Barbra was reportedly very excited about it and also predicted a great career for him. But fate struck.

The desire for freedom

She would have been the main reason for his emigration, because due to his different sexual orientation, it was not easy at home. Unfortunately, he contracted the HIV virus. In the early 1990s, he returned several times to his native country and participated in the national production of several American musicals. It seemed to him that he had finally found a new job, but he found it. In the end, people who looked like friends not only forgot to mention his name as a translator, but didn’t even invite him to the premiere. He experienced one disappointment after another because of his illness, some earlier friends began to avoid him and many would have been reluctant to shake his hand. Unfortunately, human fear for life simply replaces rational thought. During the viral illness, the infection then completely turned into AIDS. The extraordinary multitalent Michal Hejný, who had all the conditions to become a great star, died completely abandoned on October 22, 1996 in Oneonta, New York.

(sources: Wikipedia, FDB, ČSFD, Blesk, TV Guru)


Entered by: Adina Janovska

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