Svetlana Druzhinina, Soviet – Russian actress
Svetlana Druzhinina is a Soviet and Russian actress, film director and screenwriter; Honored Artist of Russia (1989), People’s Artist of Russia (2001). She received the Medal of Honor in 2006 and Order of Friendship in 2012.
Svetlana was born on December 16, 1935 in Moscow, Russia.
In 1946, the girl entered the circus school, where she was successfully engaged in a group of circus acrobats. In a year she entered the School of Dance. In 1955 she graduated from the Ballet School of the Bolshoi Theater; in 1960 Svetlana graduated from the Acting Department of Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and in 1968 – directing department of VGIK.
From 1955 to 1965 Druzhinina was an actress of Maksim Gorky Central Film Studio. As an actress Svetlana made her debut in 1955.
In 1974 Svetlana Druzhinina made her debut as a film director with the film Ispolnenie Zhelanij (Wishes come true) based on the novel by Veniamin Kaverin. The results of her successful directorial works include such films as Dulcinea del Toboso and The Circus Princess with other famous Russian actresses Natalia Gundareva and Natalia Belokhvostikova.
She starred in the films – Behind the windows of the store (1955), It was in Penkovo (1958), The Girls (1962), which brought her fame all over the Soviet Union and abroad.
Since 1994 Svetlana Druzhinina has been working on historical-adventure TV series, based on real Russian history -The Mysteries Of The Palace Coups.
Druzhinina is married to famous cinematographer Anatoly Mukasey, who filmed most Svetlana’s TV projects.
Svetlana and Anatoly met at the institute volleyball court, while still a student. They were both team captains so they were nicknamed Two Captains. In 2013 the couple celebrated the 55th anniversary of marriage.
The eldest son – Anatoly Mukasey, died in 1978.
The younger son – Mikhail Mukasey (born on January 3, 1966) is the Russian cinematographer and film producer. On August 17, 2012 he married Ekaterina Gamova, who is the Russian volleyball player of the national team, two-time world champion, Honored Master of Sports of Russia.