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Legendary Actress Lyudmila Makarova Dead at 93

Published: May 30, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • Lyudmila Makarova in 'Dear Pamela' at the Boshoi Drama Theatre in 2001.
    Photo: Alyona Belyakovaya / BDT

Actress Lyudmila Makarova, a legend of the St. Petersburg stage, died today aged 93, reports Interfax.

Makarova, who was born in Leningrad and remained in the city throughout the Siege, was best known for her work at the Bolshoi Drama Theatre, which she joined in 1945. Her last appearance on the stage of the BDT was in the role of Giza in Hungarian playwright Istvan Orkeny’s “Catsplay” in 2009.

Makarova acted in more than 50 stage productions over the course of her illustrious career, and is best remembered for the role of the wily matchmaker in Georgy Tovstonogov’s production of “Khanuma” by Georgian playwright Avksenty Tsagareli. She also acted in 17 movies. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including a Golden Mask for her life’s work, which she received in 2006. Makarova was notable for never having refused a role in her career and her respect for the audience, saying in an interview with Pavel Cherdyntsev from 2011, “We have a magnificent audience. Everything I get from them literally feeds me, it gives me life.”

The cause of Makarova’s death was not given in any of the reports. She will be buried in Volkovskoye Cemetery next to her husband, actor Yefim Kopelyan.





 


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