Lyudmila Gurchenko, popular Soviet – Russian singer
Lyudmila Gurchenko (informal – Lyusia) was a popular Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, pop singer and film director, People’s Artist of USSR (1983), Laureate of State Prize of the RSFSR and received the Russian Federation State Prize (1994). Gurchenko achieved the fame as well as the celebrity status in 1956 after starring in Eldar Ryazanov’s musical film Carnival Night. In the USSR, the song Five Minutes became a kind of hymn of the New Year.
Lyudmila was born on November 12, 1935 in Kharkov, Soviet Union. Her father was a professional musician: he played the accordion and sang at festivals, and her mother helped him.
In 1958 Lyudmila performed in musical film A Girl with a Guitar (Devushka s Gitaroi). In the same year she graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).
In the mid-1970s, she starred in several films.
In 1979 the actress starred in the film Siberiade directed by Andrei Konchalovsky and in 1982 in the film Station for Two, once again by Eldar Ryazanov, who by then had become one of USSR’s most popular film directors.
In 2010, she was awarded the 2nd Class Order of Merit for the Fatherland (she received the 4th Class of the same Order in 2000 and the 3d Class in 2005). At the age of 70, she still performed.
Gurchenko died on March 30, 2011 in Moscow.
Gurchenko was married six times, including a short-lived marriage to Iosif Kobzon in 1969 (he was her fourth husband). She had one daughter, Maria (born on June 5, 1959) from her first marriage.
Her first husband was Vasily Sergeyevich Orda, filmmaker; Gurchenko married him at the age of 18 and the marriage lasted for more than a year.
Her second husband was Boris Andronikashvili (1934-1996), writer and historian.
The third husband was Alexander Fadeev (1936-1993), actor.
Fifth husband (1973-1991) – Konstantin Kuperveys, musician. They were together for 18 years.
Her sixth husband (1993-2011) was producer Sergey Senin.