No one could say anything else than what had been prescribed and approved in the Radio
Olga Schmidtová, née Holečková, was born January 23, 1926 in Banská Bystrica into a mixed Czech-Slovak family. Her father Vladimír Holeček was Czech and worked as an inland revenue officer; her mother was Slovak and was a teacher. Olga had a brother, Vladimír, who was four years older than her. After the declaration of the independent Slovak State and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, the family decided to leave the fascist-inclined homeland and moved to the Czech town Třebovice where her father had inherited a house. However, they spent most of the war years in Holešovice. In 1941 Olga commenced her studies at an acting conservatory in Prague. During her third year there she was subjected to forced labor in a factory. She finished her studies in 1947, the same year her daughter Zuzana was born. However, she divorced her husband, the artist Oto Opršal, soon after. In 1949 she got a job in Martin where she met her second husband – actor Mirko Schmidt, a participant of the Slovak National Uprising who had survived the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The couple moved to Prague in 1954 to work in the Czechoslovak Radio as Slovak broadcasters. Olga worked there for two years. She then taught literary drama classes at a music school from the 1960s until her retirement. She had never been politically engaged but went through a disciplinary proceeding for refusing to rehearse a poem about the Victorious February with the kids. In the 1990s Olga registered to the extras casting database but directors started assigning her episodic comedy movie roles as well, given she’d been a professional. In 1968 her brother Vladimír immigrated to Switzerland and her daughter Zuzana Kodíčková († 2011) immigrated to Great Britain. In London, Zuzana established herself as a theatre and TV screenwriter and director and produced a Czech-UK motion picture ‘A Pin for the Butterfly’ in the 1990s under the name Hannah Kodicek.