Theater and film actress Nina Mazaeva dies at 101

Mazaeva played in the State Drama Theater “On Liteiny”. On account of the actress dozens of theatrical works, she also starred in several films. The most famous among them is the main role in Yuli Raizman’s film Sky of Moscow (1944). In 1979, Mazaeva was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of the RSFSR.

Nina Mazaeva was born on December 29, 1921 in the village of Legostaevo near Novosibirsk. In 1929, her father, a priest, was arrested, and their entire family was dispossessed. In 1937, Mazaeva’s father was shot. At the same time, the girl never hid the truth about her family and in her biography she directly wrote: “The daughter of a priest, her father was repressed.”

These details from her personal history did not prevent Mazaeva from entering VGIK the first time. This was in 1941. During the defense of Moscow, a student of a theater university, like all her classmates, dug trenches. Then she left for evacuation to Alma-Ata.

In 1943, the girl got her first role – Zoya’s nurse in Sky of Moscow. The actress who was originally chosen for the role had a serious accident and was unable to film. Then the director of the picture invited Mazaeva to shoot. The girl urgently arrived from Alma-Ata to Kuibyshev in the Samara region, where the shooting took place.

After the Great Victory, Mazaeva played in the theater and got married. Her first husband was Grigory Chertov, a photojournalist for the Evening Leningrad newspaper, with whom the actress lived for 10 years. Subsequently, Mazaeva fell in love with her stage partner, the future People’s Artist of Russia Vladimir Lyakhov. The couple got married and lived in marriage for 30 years. The actors did not have children.

After the death of her second husband in 1990, Mazaeva moved to the house of stage veterans. As MK points out, the artist kept her mind clear until the end of her days and met with young actors. Everyone who knew the artist speaks of her as a principled, decent person and a high-class professional.

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