Sunday, 16 October 2011

Andrey Mironov

“Life is a great virtue. And as it turns out it doesn’t really last that long. There is enough misfortune, grief, drama, difficulties and confusion in it. That is why we should appreciate the precious moments of joy and happiness - they make us kinder. When a person is smiling, laughing, delighting at something or commiserating he becomes better and purer...” - Andrey Mironov Andrey Mironov was a stage and screen actor with an amazingly radiant personality. He was thought an ideal actor possessing power over all genres of cinema and theater. He was so tremendously popular during his lifetime, that even years after his death his birthdays remained a major event of Moscow's cultural life. Andrey Mironov became a legend after his death. When talking about Andrey his friends particularly stress his fantastic devotion to his profession and to his audience. Andrey Mironov (his first surname was Menaker) was born into a family of actors. He was born on 7 March, yet his parents decided to record his birthday on 8 March as “a present for women.” Indeed, hardly any representative of the fair sex could resist the actor’s immense charms. Andrey Mironov was the son of the popular acting duo Aleksandr Menaker and Maria Mironova. His mother was on stage when she felt that her baby was coming. She was immediately rushed to hospital. 46 years later Mironov, already a beloved actor, fainted in the middle of “Figaro's Wedding” – at a guest performance in the Latvian capital of Riga. Two days later he died. In 1958 Andrey Mironov entered the Shchukin Drama School, the renowned artistic institution. Among his fellow students Andrey stood out for his maniacal neatness: he was always wearing perfectly ironed clothes and smelling of exquisite perfume. He used to return home from school by taxi, even though quite often he had to borrow money for that. Andrey Mironov received his first small part in a film by Yuly Raisman, “What If It’s Love?” as a student. After graduating from the Drama School in 1962 he was invited to the Moscow Theater of Satire by its stage director Valentin Pluchek, and soon made his theater debut in the role of Garik in the stage play “Round the Clock.” The following two movies “My Younger Brother” (1962) and “Three Plus Two” brought him fame. Mironov made few but regular appearances on screen. In 1965 he was invited by the film director Eldar Ryazanov to play the role of the scoundrel Dima Semitsvetov in the comedy “Beware of the Car” (1966). The picture was a great success, while Mironov’s role was acknowledged as one of the best by critics. His fame as an actor was growing. The roles came one after another, each of them different from the last. Finally he appeared as the amusing swindler nicknamed “Earl” in the famous comedy “The Diamond Arm” (1968) by Leonid Gaiday. It was in “The Diamond Arm” that Andrey Mironov debuted as a singer and hence started to sing songs in many films and during recitals. Later, in 1978 he even made the record “Andrey Mironov Sings.” The year 1971 saw the release of a number of films starring Andrey Mironov, among them the captivating heroic adventure “The Property of Republic” by Vladimir Bychkov. That same year he played in an episode of Eldar Ryazanov’s comedy “Old Men: Robbers” and two years later starred in Ryzanov’s adventure comedy “Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia” (1974). Mironov played a CID lieutenant and performed all the stunts himself. Andrey Mironov became a true nationally loved hero after the release of the interpretation of the classic character Ostap Bender in “Twelve Chairs” (1977) by director Mark Zakharov. The movie is based on Il'f and Petrov's “Twelve Chairs” novel. It is a classic treasure hunt adventure with a Soviet twist loved by millions. In Soviet Russia in 1927, a former member of the nobility, Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, works as a desk clerk, until his mother-in-law reveals on her deathbed that her family jewelry had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs from the family’s dining room set. Those chairs, along with all other personal property, were expropriated by the government after the Russian Revolution. He becomes a treasure hunter, and together with the “smooth operator” and a con Ostap Bender, runs after the diamonds. Mironov played an unforgettable Bender. Ostap Bender is a fictional con man and antihero who first appeared in the novel The Twelve Chairs written by Soviet authors Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov and released in January 1928.-Appearances:Proclaiming himself the "great combinator", Ostap Bender searches for a stash of diamonds... But Mironov’s true stage popularity started with his role in “The Nunnery” (1964). Starting in 1966 his career, especially as a comedy actor, began to grow. He became one of the most talented actors of his time, admired by millions of spectators. The part of Figaro in Beaumarchais's famous comedy - one of Mironov's best images created on stage - seemed to have been written especially for him. Radiating elegance and humor, he enjoyed every minute of his risky game with the powerful count. ...

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