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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 Orkenys 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 Tovstonogovs 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 lifes 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 Makarovas 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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Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


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Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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