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Vladimir Vysotsky and his women

Vladimir Vysotsky - Soviet singer, songwriter, poet, and actor

Vladimir Vysotsky – Soviet singer, songwriter, poet, and actor

Vladimir Vysotsky (25 January 1938 – 25 July 1980) was a Soviet singer, songwriter, poet, and actor.
He was not only singer, but “the most famous Russian bard”, “the greatest Russian bard of the second half of the 20-th century”, “voice for the heart of a nation”. His poems touch millions of hearts all over the world.
He had his unique singing style and lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street jargon. In his songs he came out against evil force, against the ugly system under which he was born.
That’s why Vladimir was accepted by the Soviet government as an actor, but never as a poet and singer. Only after his death, in the late 1980s the Soviet government began allowing the publication of his poetry and song lyrics.
He had no titles, he was simply a son of his country, he was very Russian.

In 1960 Vysotsky graduated from Nemirovich-Danchenko Studio School of the Moscow Art Theatre and became a professional actor, first at the Moscow Pushkin Dramatic Theatre and then at the Theatre of Miniatures. From 1964 he was a member of the Moscow Theatre of Drama and Comedy on the Taganka.

Vysotsky’s women – Izolda, Lyudmila, Marina, Oksana …

Vysotsky’s first wife was Izolda (or Iza). They met in 1956, being both students. At first they became friends and then one day in autumn 1957, they took things and moved to Vysotsky’s mother’s flat in Moscow. Vladimir was 19 years old and Isolda was a year older. After her graduation Iza went to Kiev and Volodya stayed in Moscow, so they spent months in different cities. They finally married on April 25, 1960.
In 1961 Iza went to work to Rostov-on-Don, Vladimir wanted to follow her, but he was invited to star in the movie “713” Requests Permission to Land”. They were together for seven years. Vladimir and Isolde divorced but not forget each other.

Izolda

Izolda

Vysotsky’s first wife - Izolda

Vysotsky’s first wife – Izolda

At the end of 1961 – while shooting the film “713” Requests Permission to Land – Vladimir met the future mother of his sons Lyudmila Abramova. They married in 1965 and had two sons, Arkady (born 1962) and Nikita (born 1964).

Lyudmila Abramova

Lyudmila Abramova

While still married to Ludmila Abramova, Vysotsky’s got romantically linked with Tatyana Ivanenko, a Taganka actress.

Tatyana Ivanenko

Tatyana Ivanenko

In 1967 Vladimir fell in love with Marina Vlady, a French actress of Russian descent. Marina had been married before and had 3 children.
Ludmila understood she had to go and they divorced in 1968.
Marina and Vladimir’s love was passionate and impulsive. They were married in 1969. For 10 years the two maintained a long-distance relationship as Marina compromised her career in France in order to spend more time in Moscow, and Vladimir’s friends pulled strings in order for him to be allowed to travel abroad to stay with his wife. Marina eventually joined the Communist Party of France, which essentially gave her an unlimited-entry visa into the Soviet Union, and provided Vladimir with some immunity against prosecution by the government, which was becoming weary of his covertly anti-Soviet lyrics and his odds-defying popularity with the masses. The problems of his long-distance relationship with Vlady inspired several of Vysotsky’s songs.

Marina Vlady and Vladimir

Marina Vlady and Vladimir

When they met, she was 18, he was – 40. He saw her at the Taganka Theater. Vladimir Vysotsky called her “my last love”. They were together only for two years, Vladimir left her … he died…
On the day of his death, he calmly said, “Today I die”. This night she got huge bruise, so tightly Volodya held her hand. When he was alive … She said goodbye to him and quietly left the flat. Alone. Without any things and passport.
She didn’t return to that flat again.

Oksana Afanasieva

Oksana Afanasieva

Vladimir met Oksana Afanasieva in 1977. She became the closest person in the last two years of his life. Vladimir was still married Marina Vladi, but wanted to divorce for his last love. Oksana asked him not to do this. She understood Marina was his close person and didn’t want to break their relationship.
Few years after Vysotsky’s death Oksana married Russian actor, entertainer and businessman Leonid Yarmolnik. They have a good family and beautiful daughter Alexandra.

Oksana Afanasieva and Leonid

Oksana Afanasieva and Leonid

Oksana Afanasieva, Leonid Yarmolnik and daughter

Oksana Afanasieva, Leonid Yarmolnik and daughter

There was no official announcement of Vysotsky’s death, only a note informing of his death and cancellation of the Hamlet performance was put out at the entrance to the Taganka Theatre. Not a single ticket holder took advantage of the refund offer. However, by the end of the day millions had learned of Vysotsky’s death. On July 28 Vladimir was buried at the Vagankovskoye Cemetery in Moscow. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of his coffin.
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Vladimir Vysotsky and his women