Funeral memorial service for singer and actress Naďa Urbanková, February 15, 2023, Assumption Basilica, Prague.
Prague – Several dozen people attended the memorial service for singer and actress Naďa Urbanková in the early evening in the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Prague. Among them were relatives, acting colleagues and supporters. The popular singer and actress died on February 3 at the age of 83. She appeared in front of the camera for the first time in the film musical If a thousand clarinets, she also played in the films Ostře oblázáné vlaky, Skrivánci na niti and Na samote u lesa. As a singer, she became famous especially with traffic light hits Drahý můj and Závidím.
Photo gallery: Singer Naďa Urbanková
Daughter Jana Fabiánová and closest family and friends came to say their last goodbye to Urbanková already on February 10 in the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary on the grounds of the monastery in Želiv in Pelhřimovsk, where the singer was buried in the family grave after the church ceremony.
In the basilica on the grounds of the Strahov Monastery, Urbanková's supporters began to gather an hour before the start of the funeral mass due to the great interest of the media. Some had flowers, which they placed at the altar, in front of which was a photo of Urbanková with verses by the poet and musician Josef Fousko. Some present took the opportunity and left their message to the deceased in the condolence book. “Thank you for the songs and the joy at the concerts. Say hello to our Hanička song,” said one of the visitors, referring to Hana Zagorová, who died last August. “Dear Naďa, thank you for teaching me to wear glasses,” wrote another of the participants in the ceremony.
Among the artistic colleagues, Petra Černocká and Miluška Voborníková, as well as moderator Karel, came to Želiv to bid Urbanková a final farewell Cur. Today, well-known faces arrived at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary: musician Richard Pachman, singer Lída Nopová and singer Milan Drobný.
Urbánková died of complications related to cancer and recently suffered from covid-19. Naděžda Balabánová, as Urbánková was called when she was unmarried, was born on June 30, 1939 in Nové Paca and grew up in the village of Borovnička, where she started going to school. She graduated from the Higher Medical School in Trutnov and briefly worked as a nurse. In 1964, the singer famous for her big glasses and, in the beginning, for her miniskirts, got into Semafor. The performer of the hits Závidím, Drahý můj or Vilém peče housky was a five-time Golden Nightingale. In recent years, she performed with the group Bokomara and hosted on the radio.