Director Bořivoj Zeman cast Alena Vránová in the movie fairy tale The Proud Princess while she was still studying, when she was not even twenty. Already in her first year at DAMU, she married her great love, the writer Pavel Kohout. However, during the filming of The Proud Princess, she looked too closely at King Miroslav, played by the married Vladimír Ráž, and divorced Kohout.

“Krasomila” Alena Vránová amazed everyone with her charm. “Listen, Crow, you have an adorable birthmark on the back of your neck here. I need a naive girl, would you like to go to the theater with me?” asked Jan Werich. She heard him.

Alena Vránová was born on July 30, 1932 in Prague. It is said that she fell in love with Vladimír Ráž as King Miroslav on the second day of filming. Then came the wedding, even a church ceremony, and six years after the premiere of the Proud Princess, Vránová and Ráž had a daughter, Markéta. However, her fate was tragic.

Alena Vránová’s marriage to Vladimír Ráž ended in divorce when their daughter Markéta was eighteen years old.

The tragedy of the daughter

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Markéta studied philology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, spoke four world languages ​​and managed to get a doctorate. After the Velvet Revolution, she had her own travel agency as an interpreter to travel the world. However, her marriage ended in disintegration, the young woman began to drink – and that was the beginning of the end. After forty, she lost everything and in 2013, at Christmas, when the whole country was watching the festive Pride Princess, she died in the hospital from liver failure and the whole organism. She was 55 years old.

The artistic genes of Alena Vránová and Vladimír Ráž were inherited by other descendants. Granddaughter Antonia Tereza Nyass sings in the Yellow Sisters quartet, among others with Petra Černocka’s daughter, and great-grandson Samsidin starred in the series Krejzovi on Prima TV. Vránová herself last appeared in front of the camera four years ago in one of the episodes of the crime series Specialisté.

Weird sequel to The Proud Princess

The triumphant success of the Proud Princess is seen by the representative of the title role, Alena Vránová, quite simply: “Krasomila and Miroslav are handsome people – forgive my immodesty, the landscape is magical to look at, Czech is spoken nicely in the film, pride and other vices are deservedly punished and the two they will eventually get married.”

Therefore, director Bořivoj Zeman prepared a continuation of the story. In one interview, Vladimír Ráž revealed that after years, a loose sequel to the successful fairy tale really should have been filmed.

Alena Vránová and Vladimír Ráž in the fairy tale The Proud Princess (1952)

“They sent me a script back then, but it was nowhere near the value, the wisdom, the pure fairy-tale humor. On the contrary, there were drastic scenes, some even taking place in tombs. King Miroslav and Krasomila live in estrangement and have a daughter who does what she wants, so she begins to experience a story strikingly similar to the fate of her mother Krasomila. I wrote to Bořivoj Zeman that I don’t think this version is a good idea, that it will damage the original film,” the actor recalled.

After more than twenty years, the next sequel to the story of Princess Krasomila and King Miroslav never happened. Both Alena Vránová and Vladimír Ráž rejected the script for the color film. He seemed too realistic and involved to them.

In 1975, perhaps even the script of the film with the title was already approved Proud princess to be a queen. Publicist Pavel Taussig published a description of the plot in DNES Magazine:

“Twenty years later, the proud princess is the queen, the prince is the wisely ruling king, and their great love left behind the legend of a singing flower and a teenage daughter who unexpectedly complicates their lives with her love for a gardener.

Unlike the old history that father and mother are so fond of repeating ad nauseam, the new gardener is really a gardener and not a prince in disguise. Escape (on a different level) and pursuit occur again, and at the same time, the old story confronts the new story, when the new love unexpectedly revives even the relationship of the adults and makes the singing flower sound again.

The poetic screenplay with a number of dramatic and humorous scenes uses the filmed material of the original work in retrospectives and confrontations (it will be tinted) and promises to enrich the film fairy tale genre. Vladimír Ráž, Alena Vránová, Stanislav Neumann, advisors Effa, Kopecký and others will appear here again in the main roles.”