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Dagmar Havlova to Return to the Stage

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Dagmar Havlova, wife of a former Czech president, is to return to the stage this week in a critically acclaimed play by American author Israel Horovitz.

The former first lady, who turns 53 next week, will co-star with Petr Kostka in ''Park Your Car in Harvard Yard'' at the Vinohradske Theater in Prague beginning Friday.

''It is a beautiful play and it fills me with joy,'' Havlova said.

Under her maiden name Dagmar Veskrnova, she made more than 50 movies and starred in countless TV shows and theater performances before she married Vaclav Havel in 1997 and retired from acting, devoting most of her time to charity.

Havel, 69, a dissident playwright, became president after the 1989 ''Velvet Revolution'' toppled the Communist regime in then Czechoslovakia. He retired from politics in 2003 after completing his second and final term as Czech president.

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