July 9, 1938 |
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, USSR
Liya Medzhidovna Akhedzhakova (Russian: Лия Меджидовна Ахеджакова, Ukrainian: Лія Меджидівна Ахеджакова; born 9 July 1938) is a Soviet and Russian actress who is famous both for theater and cinema. She received the title of People's Artist of Russia and other honours.
Akhedzhakova was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. She grew up in a theatrical family in Maykop. Her Father Majid Salehovich Ahedzhakov was the principal director and her mother an actress at the Adyghe Drama Theater. According to the family legends she belongs to a princely Circassian family of Akhedzhakovs.
In 1956 she entered the Moscow Institute of Nonferrous Metals and Gold, where she studied for eighteen months. She first appeared on stage in 1961 in Moscow.
In 1977 she joined the Sovremennik Theatre. One of the first great works - the play "Flat Columbine" directed by Roman Viktyuk, where she played four main roles. Her first film was Ishchu cheloveka (Looking for a Man) (1973) was praised at the international film festivals in Locarno and Varna. She became widely famous due to Eldar Ryazanov’s films, among them the roles of Verochka in Office Romance (1977), Fima in Nebesa obetovannye (Promised Heaven) (1991), Tania in The Irony of Fate (1975), and others.
- People's Artist of Russia (1994)
- Nika Award (1992) for best Actress in Nebesa obetovannye (Promised Heaven)
- Nika Award (2007) for best Actress in Playing the Victim
- State Vasilyev Brothers Prize of the RSFSR (1979) for the role of Verochka in Office Romance
- Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 4th grade (2006)
- Order of Honour (1999)
- Prize of the 8th International Film Screening in the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Varna (1973)
- Prize of the 8th All-Union Film Festival of Sports Films
- Star of Theatre Prize (2008)
- National Prize of Public Recognition for Women's Achievements "Olympia" (2001)
- The Irony of Fate (1975)
- Office Romance (1977)
- The Garage (1979)
- Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
- Sons of Bitches (1990)
- Dandelion Wine (1997)
- Playing the Victim (2007)
Akhedzhakova is a critic of the contemporary Russian politics and Vladimir Putin in particular. Together with Eldar Ryazanov, Yuri Shevchuk, Andrey Konchalovsky and other persons she protested against Russian policy towards Ukraine. Following the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, she publicly read a poem of Andrey Orlov "Requiem for MH17". In 2013, Akhedzhakova received a prize from the Moscow Helsinki Group for "the protection of human rights by means of culture and arts".
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- "Лия Ахеджакова покаялась перед миром за «неправильную» национальность" (in Russian). Russia Today. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 24 Dec 2014.