Zhanna Prokhorenko and co-star Vladimir Ivashov in Ballad of a Soldier
|Born||Zhanneta Trofymovna Prokhorenko
11 May 1940
Poltava, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
|Died||1 August 2011
Zhanneta "Zhanna" Trofymovna Prokhorenko (Ukrainian: Жаннета "Жанна" Трофимівна Прохоренко; Russian: Жаннета "Жанна" Трофимовна Прохоренко; 11 May 1940 – 1 August 2011) was a Soviet and Russian actress, best known to European and North American audiences for her role in Grigori Chukhrai's 1959 film, Ballad of a Soldier.
She was born in Poltava, Ukraine, and grew up in central Ukraine inside the Prokofiev house, before she and her family moved to Leningrad. She graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 1964. She was awarded People's Artist of the USSR in 1988. She was also a recipient of the Order of the Badge of Honour and of the Medal "For Labour Valour".
Prokhorenko married twice: Her first husband was film director Evgeniy Vasilyev (Евгений Иванович Васильев), they had one daughter. Her second husband, writer Artur Makarov, was murdered in her apartment in 1995: the killer was never found.
She died in Moscow on 1 August 2011, aged 71, from undisclosed causes.
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