Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Cult Actress Nadezhda Rumyantseva Passes Away

People’s Artist of Russia Nadezhda Rumyantseva has died, aged 78, in Moscow. Her wonderful charm, humour and inimitable sincerity had created favourite characters for many admirers of Russian cinema.

Nadezhda Vassilyevna Rumyantseva was born on September 9, 1930, in Potapovo Settlement of Smolensk Region. After school she entered Lunacharsky State Theatre Arts Institute and then the All-Union State Cinema Institute. The small height of the actress at once determined her type as a travesty.

From 1948 to 1950 Rumyantseva played onstage of the Central Children’s Theatre. In that period she also filmed in Navstrechu zhizni (The Encounter of a Lifetime) (1952) and Alyosha Ptitsyn vyrabatyvaet kharakter (Alesha Ptitsyn Cultivates His Character) (1953). In 1955 Nadezhda Rumyantseva got engaged in Theatre Studio of Film Actor.

The image of Tosya in the famous lyrical comedy Devchata (The Girls) (1961) by director Yuri Chulyukin became the hallmark of the actress. No less successful was the film Koroleva benzokolonki (Queen of a Petrol Station) (1963).

Along with cinema she also succeeded as a TV host of children’s programmes. Characters of numerous popular animations speak with the voice of Nadezhda Rumyantseva.



Anonymous said...

This is so sad. I just saw her for the first time last night in Devchata, and hoped that she still might be alive. Alas, at least there are still some movies where I can witness again her charm.

Anonymous said...

I too had hoped she was still with us...She'd be glad to know her talent and charm still is.
4 or 5 of her films are currently
( july 2010 ) up on youtube.
Don't miss them they are a treat!!!

Anonymous said...

I became an instant fan four days ago, when I watched "The Gals"! I watched it again as soon as it was finished, and once more since then! When I die, I want to go to Siberia, and have her to cook soup for me, for all eternity!