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Ninel Myshkova, Soviet actress

Ninel Myshkova
Ninel Myshkova (May 8, 1926, Leningrad – September 13, 2003, Moscow) was Soviet theater and film actress, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1976).
Ninel was the daughter of Lieutenant-General Konstantin Romanovich Myshkov.
In the post-revolutionary period many parents gave unusual names for their children. So the name Ninel is just Lenin if read it backwards. Ninel didn’t like her name and preferred to be called Eva. So even Ninel’s first husband Vladimir Etush didn’t know her real name before their marriage.

In 1947 Myshkova graduated from the Shchukin Theater School and the same time played her debut role in the film “For those who are at sea” by Alexander Faintsimmer.
Vladimir and Ninel’s marriage was short-lived. Many famous persons came to their house. There was and composer Antonio Spadavekkia, who wrote the music for the film “For those who are at sea” and a fairy tale “Cinderella”.
Ninel fell in love with the man, who was 19 years older than she. But the marriage did not last long …
In 1953 Myshkova met cameraman Konstantin Petrychenko (he was 11 years older). In the same year they were married, and in 1954 the couple gave birth to a son, Konstantin, who later became a renowned diplomat.
Despite the fact that Ninel didn’t like starring in fairy tales, she played unforgettable roles in “Sadko” and “Ilya Muromets” by Alexander Ptushko and Maria-mistress in the fairy tale by Alexander Rowe.
In 1965 Ninel starred in the movie “The Viper” – the dramatic story of a merchant girl Olga Zotova, directed by Viktor Ivchenko. This film changed her personal life: Victor Ivchenko and Ninel fell in love and in 1966 they got married. Viktor was married and had son Boris, but the passion was so great that he left the family. He couldn’t live without Ninel. They were happy for six years. In 1972 Viktor died. Ninel was depressed.
In 1982 she played her last role in the detective series “Vertical race”.
Ninel was struck by a terrible disease – a progressive sclerosis.
Myshkova died on September 13, 2003. She was buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery next to her father’s grave.

Selected Filmography
1957 – The House I Live In
1958 – The captain of the first rank
1960 – House with the Mezzanine
1961 – The Man from Nowhere
1962 – Never
1962 – Hello, Gnat
1964 – Three Zero
1964 – Easy Life
1967 – Dr. Vera
1968 – Men’s Talk
1968 – Crash
1972 – Sophia Grushko
1974 – Big Space Travel

Ninel Myshkova, Soviet actress