Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Lyudmila Gurchenko 12. 11. 1935. - 30. 03. 2010.

Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko was born on November 12, 1935 in Kharkov. In 1953, after school, she went to Moscow and entered State Art University VGIK. She studied in Sergey Gerasimov and Tamara Makarovoj's workshop, and graduated in 1958. 1964-66 she was an actress of theatre «Sovremennik», 1966-69 was in the troupe of GosKoncert (State Estrada). Her first cinema debute was in film by Yan Frid «Road of Truth» in 1956. The same year she appeared in New Year's comedy of young director Eldar Riazanov «Carnival Night», in which leaging roles, under Ivan Pyrev's insisting, were played by well known actor Igor Ilinsky and student Lyudmila Gurchenko. The film had tremendous success and for many years was a favorite of Russian viewers, and due to role of Lena Krylova, Gurchenko became the all-Union favourite. The next year she stared in a comedy «Girl with guitar». Gurchenko showed her dramatic range in leaging role of Maria in movie «Working settlement» in 1966. She received critical success in the film by Victor Tregubovich «Old walls», in which she has played Anna Georgievna. The same year Gurchenko excellently played (and sung) in musical comedy "A straw hat", directed by Leonid Khvinihidze. Among Lyudmila Gurchenko's best works are the following movies: «20 days without war» by Aleksey German, «Siberiade» by Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, «Five evenings» by Nikita Mihalkov, «A Railway Station for Two» by Eldar Riazanov, «Beloved woman of mechanic Gavrilov» by Peter Todorovsky, «Flights in dreams and reality» Roman Balayan. In 1982 book «My adult childhood» was published that was writen by Lyudmila Gurchenko. Later the actress wrote «Applause». Also recently several records were released with songs performed by her. ... more

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