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Elena Mayorova, Soviet actress

Elena Mayorova, Soviet actress

Elena Mayorova, Soviet actress

Elena Mayorova was a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1989).
Elena was born on May 30, 1958 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The girl wanted to become an actress since childhood and attended a theatrical studio for children and youth in her city. In 1976 Elena entered Soviet State Theatrical Institute (GITIS).
After the graduation, she became an actress of Sovremennik theatre and was invited to join the Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT).
In the movie Mayorova debuted when she was still a student, she had played one of the roles in the film by Ilya Frez You Cannot Dream.
Her best roles she played in the film Makarov by Vladimir Khotinenko, Lost in Siberia by Alexander Mitta.
Mayorova played in such films as Fire on East Train 34 directed by Andrei Malyukov, a comedy Odinokim predostavlyaetsya obshchezhitiye by Samson Samsonov, a social drama Zina-Zinulya by Pavel Chukhray.
Her last role was in the film Strannoe Vremya (The strange time) directed by Natalia Piankova.
Elena’s addiction to alcohol and previous attempts of suicide made her burn herself. She died in Sklifosofsky hospital on August 23, 1997. The actress was buried in the Troekurov cemetery.

Personal life
Elena had two husbands.
Vladimir Chaplygin, a fellow student at GITIS, was Elena’s first husband.
Her second husband was Sergey Sherstyuk (It was love at first sight!) – artist, hyper-realist. Since 1990 he was a member of the Union of artists, and his works are in the Museum of Modern Art in Oklahoma, USA; Zimmerly Art Museum in New Brunswick, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida, USA; M ‘Ars Museum in Moscow; Zig Zag Company in New York, USA, as well as in a number of private collections in Europe and the United States.
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Elena Mayorova, Soviet actress