Tamara Makarova, Soviet Russian actress
Tamara Makarova was a Soviet and Russian film actress, professor, People’s Artist of the USSR (1950), Hero of Socialist Labor (1982).
Tamara was born on July 31, 1907 (according to other sources – in 1902) in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire into the family of a military doctor. The girl was interested in theater and ballet. At the age of 14 Tamara and her neighbors’ children created their own “theater” and gave performances for neighbors.
In 1924 Tamara entered the acting school, where she first met her future husband Sergei Gerasimov.
In 1927 Makarova debuted in the film Somebody Else’s Coat. On the set of the film she met Gerasimov again. Young people became closer and got married. Makarova’s acting career was associated with her husband.
In 1934 Tamara played in the film Do I Love You? directed by Gerasimov. The films Seven Brave, Komsomolsk, Teacher, and Masquerade were successful. The last film was completed just before the war. Makarova and Gerasimov stayed in the city until 1943. Tamara participated in the defense of Leningrad and worked as a nurse.
In this period the film Invincible was released. It was about the heroic struggle of the Soviet people. The film was directed by Gerasimov and Makarova played one of the main roles.
Later the couple went to Tashkent, where they adopted a boy Arthur, who later became a famous writer and screenwriter.
In 1968 Makarova became a professor at the Institute of Cinematography, which was named after her husband.
It should also be noted that Makarova and Gerasimov weren’t professionally dependent on each other. Tamara was no less successful in the films of other directors (The Stone Flower, The Oath).
Tamara Makarova died on January 20, 1997 (according to other sources on January 19) in Moscow. She was buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery.
Somebody Else’s Coat (1927)
The Deserter (1933)
The Stone Flower (1946)
The Vow (1946)
The Young Guard (1948)
The Journalist (1967)
The Youth of Peter the Great (1979)
At the Beginning of Glorious Days (1980)