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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Dec. 20


The city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Add to your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya Ploshchad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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