Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Nonna Mordyukova - Biography

Nonna Mordyukova is in the top ten of the 20th century foremost actresses according to the British Cinema Encyclopedia "Who is who". Of all other Russian actresses only Faina Ranevskaya has been honoured with such dignity.
Planet 4022 of the Solar System is named after Nonna Mordyukova.

Nonna Mordyukova was one of the most popular actresses of Soviet Russian cinema; a bright, integral and whole-hearted person, she stands out as a symbolic figure in modern Russian cinema art. In her roles she incarnated the best features of whole generations of strong Russian women. Her partners were the best actors of the Soviet period, among them Vasili Shukshin, Yuri Nikulin, Valentin Zubkov, Mikhail Ulyanov and others.

Nonna (Noyabrina) Viktorovna was born on November 25, 1925 into a large family in the Cossack village of Konstantinovskaya, Donetsk Region, Ukraine. Nonna spent her childhood in a settlement were her mother worked as chairwoman of kolkhoz (collective farm). In 1946 Nonna Mordyukova entered the Actors’ Faculty of VGIK and studied there under Boris Bibikov and Olga Pyzhova.

Nonna Mordyukova played her debut film role, which at once brought her official recognition and nationwide people’s love, in Sergei Gerasimov’s film Molodaya gvardiya (The Young Guard) (1948) featuring her as Uliana Gromova, a heroine of the Red Don underground. In this role combining lofty romanticism with veracity of factual biography, the black-haired Cossack beauty was yet somewhat constrained, which, however, did not impede her moving emotional acting in tragic scenes of the film. The role of Volodya Osmukhin, her partner in The Young Guard was played by Vyacheslav Tikhonov, who married Nonna Mordyukova in 1948 (they were together for 13 years and then parted).
In 1950 Nonna Mordyukova graduated from the institute and was admitted to the Theatre Studio of Film Actor. A remarkable event was her episodic role of kolkhoz girl Nastia Ogorodnikova in the film Vozvrashcheniye Vasiliya Bortnikova (The Return of Vasili Bortnikov) (1952). ... more

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