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Rita Raave
Born (1951-04-06) 6 April 1951 (age 68)
Other namesRiita Raave
Rita Kaldoja
Years active1974-present
Spouse(s)Hans Kaldoja (divorced)

Rita Raave (born 6 April 1951) is an Estonian stage, television and film actress, and painter.

Early life and education

Rita Raave was born in Mõisaküla, Viljandi County in 1951 to journalist, cartoonist, Lutheran pastor, and politician Kalev Raave and Lydia Raave (née Majas). She has three siblings: Raivo J. Raave, Riho Raave, and Anneli Raave-Sepp.[1]

Raave pursued a career in acting and is a 1974 graduate of the Tallinn State Conservatory (now, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre). Among her graduating classmate were Maria Klenskaja, Elle Kull, Jüri Aarma, Kaie Mihkelson and Jaan Rõõmussaar.[2][3]

Stage career

Following her graduation from the Tallinn State Conservatory, she became employed as an actress at the Estonian Drama Theatre in Tallinn in 1974, where she would remain until 1998, when she became engaged at the Vannalinnastuudio in Tallinn. Raave would remain at the Vanalinnastuudio until the theatre's closing in 2004; becoming a freelance actress afterward. She has since performed onstage at the Old Baskin's Theatre, among others.[4]

Raave has had a prolific career as a stage actress. Some of her more notable stage roles include those in works by such authors and playwrights as: Shakespeare, Jaan Kross, Jaan Kruusvall, Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, and Leo Tolstoy.[5]

Film and television

Raave's first substantial feature film role was as a starring role as Ragne Rass in the Olav Neuland directed 1982 Tallinnfilm romantic drama Corrida. The film was based on the 1979 Teet Kallas penned novel of the same name. This was followed the next year by the role of Maret in the Kaljo Kiisk directed Nipernaadi; the film adaptation of the 1928 August Gailit novel Toomas Nipernaadi about a roguish vagabond who breezes through the Estonian countryside inspiring locals to turn their own dreams into reality.[6][7]

In 1990, she would appear in two films: a small role in the Peeter Simm directed historical drama Inimene, keda polnud, and in the Rauni Mollberg directed Finnish drama Ystävät, toverit. She would end the decade with a role in the 1999 Peeter Urbla directed dramatic film short Kõrbekuu, for Allfilm.[8]

Raave would appear in a number of films throughout the 2000s and 2010s, most notably among them; the 2007 road movie comedy 186 Kilometers; as a brothel administrator in the 2007 Kadri Kõusaar directed drama Magnus; as Ruth in the 2011 Mart Kivastik directed drama Üks mu sõber;[9] and as a judge in the 2013 Kadri Kõusaar directed drama Kohtumõistja. She has also appeared in a number of short films; notably, the Anna Hints directed drama Vaba maa, opposite actors Eili Sild and Raivo Trass. In 2013, she appeared in the role of Susanna's mother in the Veiko Õunpuu directed drama Free Range/Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest.[10]

Aside from film, Rita Raave has also appeared on Estonian television. Most notably, in a 1991 television play production of Ernest Hemingway's The End of Something based on Hemingway's 1925 first collection of short stories In Our Time.[11] Between 1993 and 1995, she appeared on the TV3 television drama series Salmonid.[12]


In addition to acting, Rita Raave has also held several exhibitions of her paintings. In December 2005, she held an exhibition at Tallinn's Gallery-G. She names Renaissance masters such as Giotto, Botticelli, Titian, and da Vinci as inspirations.[13]

Personal life

Riita Raave was married to actor Hans Kaldoja in 1976. The couple had a son, Indrek, before divorcing. Raave has been in a long-term relationship with actor, writer and artist Enn Põldroos for many years. They currently reside in Soe, Tarvastu Parish, Viljandi County,[14] and operate a small, private art museum in Viljandi.[15]


  1. ^ Näitleja: Rita Raave 21 February 1990. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ Näitleja: Rita Raave 21 February 1990. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ Eesti Kirik Rita Raave piltide kütkes 18 January 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ Eesti Kirik Rita Raave piltide kütkes 18 January 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  5. ^ Eesti Kirik Rita Raave piltide kütkes 18 January 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  6. ^ Nipernaadi (Eesti 1983) 25 December 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  7. ^ NIPERNAADI Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  8. ^ Mängufilm Inimene, keda polnud (Eesti 1989) 18 December 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  9. ^ Postimees Tartus algasid Mart Kivastiku mängufilmi «Üks mu sõber» võtted 25 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  10. ^ «Free Range/ Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest» Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  11. ^ Millegi lõpp. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  12. ^ 81502. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  13. ^ Eesti Kirik Rita Raave piltide kütkes 18 January 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  14. ^ Maaleht Rita Raave ja Enn Põldroos: Oleme vist surnud. Sest viibime ju paradiisis 25 December 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  15. ^ 9 July 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

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