Gülriz Sururi was born in Istanbul in 1929. In 1942, she acted first time in the Children’s Department of the Istanbul Municipality Theatre. She started acting at the Muammer Karaca Community in 1955 and continued to act in the Dormen Theatre in 1960. In 1961, she received the İlhan İskender Award as the best actress for her role in the play “Sokak Kızı İrma” at the Dormen Theatre. In 1962, Sururi founded “Gülriz Sururi-Engin Cezzar Theatre” with Engin Cezzar. In 1966, she received the best actress prize for her role in the theater production “Teneke.” In the same year, she was chosen as the "Woman of the Year" by the Turkish Women′s Union. In 1971, she won "best actress" for her role in the play “Hint Kumaşı.” Between 1979 and 1980, Sururi performed in the play “Uzun İnce Bir Yok” with Mehmet Akan. She received Avni Dilligil "the Best Actress" award for her role of Edith Piaf in the musical “Kaldırım Serçesi” (1982-1983); the Altan Artemis Prize from Izmir Journalists Association; and the Superstar Theater Actor Prize from Milliyet News Paper (1983). Sururi has performed as many different roles not only in dramas but also comedies and musicals. She has directed plays as well. She presented the cooking program “A La Luna” on TV in the 1990s. In 1998, she received the title of "State Artist" by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Currently, Sururi works at the Konçinalar Kumpanyası and directs the play “Biz Sıfırdan Başladık,” which she wrote. She has published six books: “Kıldan ince Kılıçtan keskince" (Istanbul, 2002), “Bir an Gelir” (Istanbul 2003), “Girmediğin Sokaklarda” (Istanbul, 2003), “Biz Kadınlar” (Istanbul, 2003), “Gülriz’in Mutfağından” (Istanbul 2003), and “Seni Seviyorum” (Istanbul, 2004).
Plays as an actress:
Kaldırım Serçesi, Keşanlı Ali Destanı, Sokak Kızı İrma
Plays as a director:
Fosforlu Cevriye (musical)
Biz Sıfırdan Başladık
1961, İlhan İskender Theater Award (Sokak Kızı İrma)
1965, İlhan İskender Theater Award
1966, Turkish Women Union, the “best woman in the year” Award
1970, İlhan İskender Theater Award 1983, Avni Dilligil Award
1983, Izmir Journalists Society, Altan Ertemiz Award
1983, Milliyet Superstar Theater Actor Award
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