Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya

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Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya

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Dobrzhanskaya in 1977
Lyubov Ivanovna Dobrzhanskaya

(1905-12-24)24 December 1905
Died3 November 1980(1980-11-03) (aged 74)
Years active1924—1978

Lyubov Ivanovna Dobrzhanskaya (Russian: Любо́вь Ива́новна Добржа́нская; December 24, 1905, Kiev — November 3, 1980, Moscow) was a Soviet singer and actress of theater and cinema. She won the Stalin Prize II degree in 1951[1] and the People's Artist of the USSR Award in 1965[2]. She is best known for her roles in films Beware of the Car (as Detochkin's mother) and The Irony of Fate (as Zhenya's mother).


Dobrzhanskaya was born to a noble family on December 24, 1905 in Kiev.

In 1923-1924 she studied at the theater studio. In 1934 she began acting in the Russian Army Theatre in Moscow where Aleksey Popov had a great influence on her art.

She participated in various concerts. Her performances of romances enjoyed great success. She was also the author of Leonid Utyosov's song Under the Spring Foliage[3].

She was married four times but had no children[4].

Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya died on November 3, 1980 in Moscow. She was buried at the Vagankovo Cemetery[5].


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