21 May 1937|
Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
|Died||2 March 2008
|Alma mater||Theatre and Film university|
Sophia Chiaureli (Georgian: სოფიკო ჭიაურელი; 21 May 1937 – 2 March 2008), professionally known as Sofiko Chiaureli, was a Soviet Georgian actress. Thought to be the muse of filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, she played a significant role in the 20th century Georgian theater and was associated with the country's two most prominent theaters, the Rustaveli Theatre (1964–1968) and Marjanishvili Theatre (1960–1964, 1968–2008).
Sofiko Chiaureli was born in Tbilisi. Her parents were the film director Mikheil Chiaureli and the actress Veriko Anjaparidze. She graduated from the All-Russian Institute of Cinematography in Moscow and moved back to Tbilisi. In 1975 she was a member of the jury at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival.
- Daughter of Mikheil Chiaureli (Georgian film director) and Veriko Anjaparidze (Georgian actress).
- Cousin of Georgi Daneliya (Georgian and Russian film director)
- Former sister-in-law of Eldar Shengelaya.
- Mother of Nikoloz Shengelaya.
She appeared in Soviet films including:
- Sayat Nova, a 1968 film in which she played no less than six roles;
- Don't Grieve, a popular Georgi Daneliya film;
- Natvris khe;
- Ambavi erti kalishvilisa;
- Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa;
- Khevsurian Ballad (Best Actress Award at the Locarno International Film Festival);
- Alibaba Aur 40 Chor
- Ischite zhenschinu;
- Million v brachnoy korzine.
- People's Artist of Georgia (1976);
- People's Artist of Armenia (1979);
- Best Actress Award at The All-Union Film Fesival (1966, 1972, 1974);
- Best Actress Award at the Locarno International Film Festival (1965);
- USSR State Prize (1980).