An official application has been submitted for 94-year-old Bulgarian Stoyanka Mutafova to be named by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest working stage actress, Bulgaria’s Culture Ministry said.
The proposal to award the title to Mutafova was submitted by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London, with the support of outgoing Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov, the ministry said.
On November 18, the Bulgarian Cultural Institute was hosting a production of the play Mrs Natural Disaster, with Mutafova treading the boards on a London stage.
The institute said that formal invitations had been sent to Guinness Book of Records representatives to attend.
The ministry said that approval of nominations in various categories of records were usually processed within three months.
In late October 2016, the then-oldest working actor, Vladimir Zeldin, died in Moscow at the age of 102.
“Mrs Natural Disaster” is also the title of a biographical book written about Mutafova by her daughter.
Born in Sofia on February 2 1922, Mutafova studied classical philology at Sofia University and later studied acting in Bulgaria and in Prague.
She has appeared on stage numerous times and has appeared in a large number of screen and television roles. Mutafova was a co-founder of the Aleko Konstantinov Theatre.