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Irina Kupchenko, Russian actress

Irina Kupchenko, Russian actress

Irina Kupchenko, Russian actress

Irina Kupchenko is a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1989).
Irina was born on March 1, 1948 in Vienna into the family of a soldier and a teacher. In her childhood the girl dreamed of becoming a ballerina. In 1965-1966 Irina studied at the Faculty of Foreign Languages.
In 1969 Kupchenko played her debut role of Liza Kalitina in Andron Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky’s film Noble Nest (Dvorianskoe Gnezdo). Two years later, the same film director invited Kupchenko to play in the film adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play Uncle Vanya.
In 1970 Irina graduated from the Moscow Theater School and in the same year she joined the Academic Theater.

Her most successful role was in the melodrama Lonely Woman Seeks, where she played in duo with Alexander Zbruev.
Irina starred in films of various genres – from historical and biographical fiction to fantasy, and successfully worked with such directors as Mark Zakharov and Igor Maslennikov, played together with Oleg Jankowski, Andrei Mironov, Vasily Livanov, Mikhail Ulyanov, and many other great actors.

Personal life
Kupchenko was married to Nikolai Dvigubsky, French and Russian artists, theater and cinema actor. It is known that the talented man was a cousin of Marina Vlady, and worked with Andrei Konchalovsky.

Nikolai Dvigubsky

Nikolai Dvigubsky

Russian actor Vasily Lanovoy became Irina’s second husband. They have two sons Alexander (born in 1973) and Sergei (born in 1976).

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Irina and her husband Vasily Lanovoy

Selected Filmography
1975 – The Captivating Star of Happiness
1977 – The Strange Woman
1978 – Ordinary Miracle
1979 – Holidays in September
1980 – Traveling to another city
1981 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Hound of the Baskervilles
1987 – Another Life
1987 – The Forgotten Melody for Flute
1994 – The house on the rock
1994 – The novel «Alla Russa»
1995 – Summer People
1998 – Poor Liza
2002 – Moscow Elegy
2004 – Moscow Saga
2009 – Yulenka
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Irina Kupchenko, Russian actress