Acclaimed Russian Film Star Nonna Mordyukova

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nonna Mordyukova, 82, a Russian actress whose roles earned her the status of the quintessential Soviet woman, died July 6 at a hospital in Moscow. Russian news agencies said she had diabetes and dementia.

Throughout a career that spanned half a century, Ms. Mordyukova appeared in dozens of films, including some textbook examples of Soviet propaganda.

Her characters often faced a tough choice between devotion to Communist Party dogma and the quiet happiness of family life.

Ms. Mordyukova first found fame at age 23 in "The Young Guard," a 1948 epic about a group of young communists who fought against German Nazis during World War II.

She continued with versatile and critically acclaimed performances in adaptations of Russian classics, comedies and family dramas.

Since the 1990s, Ms. Mordyukova had lived a reclusive life in a Moscow apartment that was given to her by the government after she complained about her dire financial situation.

Her marriage to popular actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov ended in a divorce in 1963. Her son, Vladimir, died of drug abuse.

-- Associated Press

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