Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nonna Mordyukova

Famed Russian actress, Nonna Mordyukova, passed away this week, aged 82yo.

From Pravda:
"Throughout a career that spanned half a century, Mordyukova appeared in dozens of films, including some textbook examples of Soviet propaganda. Her characters often faced a tough choice between devotion to Communist dogma and the quiet happiness of family life.

Mordyukova first found fame at age 23 in "Young Guards," a 1948 epic about a group of young Communists that fought against Nazi Germans during World War II. She continued with versatile and critically acclaimed performances in adaptations of Russian classics, comedies and family dramas.

Mordyukova is to buried Wednesday at the Kuntsev cemetery in Moscow, the Union of Cinematographers said."

From RIA Novosti:
"Nonna Mordyukova, the legendary actress famous for creating the archetypal image of a Soviet woman, died at the age of 82 in a Moscow hospital late on Sunday.

The actress suffered from diabetes and dementia and was admitted to hospital for treatment several times in the past few years, most recently in March 2008. She lived alone after getting divorced from the popular Soviet actor, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, and the death of their only son Vladimir.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have expressed their condolences to the actress' family and friends. Mordyukova will be buried at the Kuntsevskoye cemetery in western Moscow on Wednesday."

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