A film, theatre, and television actor, Grażyna Szapołowska graduated from the State Academy of Drama in Warsaw. After graduating, in 1977–1984, she worked for Warsaw's National Theatre. Still as a student, she started her small-screen career by playing bit parts in television series. Her cinematic career kicked off with the role of Jagoda in a Polish-Yugoslavian psychological drama, "Zapach ziemi" ("The Smell of Earth"), in 1977. In the 1980s she appeared in such productions as "Inne spojrzenie" ("Another Way"), "Wielki Szu" ("Big Shar"), and "Lata dwudzieste… lata trzydzieste" ("The Twenties, The Thirties"). This is also when she started working with Krzysztof Kieślowski, with her roles in "Bez końca" ("No End") and "Krótki film o miłości" ("A Short Film About Love"). The 1990s brought her outstanding roles in Andrzej Wajda's Pan Tadeusz or Leszek Wosiewicz's "Kroniki domowe" ("The Family Events").She has also played in international productions, including in Hungarian, Italian, and German films. Among her many awards is the Polish Film Award, the Eagle, for the Best Female Role at the 13th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. Grażyna has also authored two collection of short stories, "Pocałunki" and "Poza mną", as well as an autobiographic novel, "Ścigając pamięć".