Tatyana Okunevskaya, one of the last Soviet divas
Tatyana Okunevskaya was a legendary beauty who became known as one of the last Soviet divas. She was a Soviet and Russian actress, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1947).
Pretty girl was born on March 3, 1914 in Zavidovo into a noble family.
She graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. By the way, awesome girl was seen by a director on the street and he offered her to become an actress.
From 1933 to 1937 Tatyana was an actress of the Moscow Realistic Theater. In August 1937, her father was arrested and less than two weeks later was executed.
Then, in 1937-1938, Tatyana worked in the Gorky Theater. In parallel, she acted in films. Her debut was the main role in the film The Dust (1934) directed by Mikhail Romm. From 1943 to 1948 she was an actress of the Lenkom Theatre.
In 1946, the Soviet Union decided to show everyone that Russian women were not only nurses and snipers, as Europe thought. Okunevskaya visited 5 countries with concerts. The trip to Yugoslavia was the most successful. You know, the actress was invited to the reception by the leader of the country Broz Tito. He came to a meeting with black roses, on the petals of which there were still droplets of dew. The man honestly admitted that he would not be able to marry an actress, because marriages with foreigners were not welcomed in the country. But he offered to stay in Croatia, promising to build a film studio there. Okunevskaya could have stayed, she would have been hidden. But the actress returned home.
On November 13, 1948 Okunevskaya was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for “anti-Communist propaganda”, she allegedly said “All Communists are liars” at some party. She was released in 1954 after receiving amnesty following Stalin’s death. The screen beauty’s career would never again reach the same heights as before her imprisonment.
Two years after returning from the camps, Tatyana starred in the motion film Night Patrol directed by Vladimir Sukhobokov. Years in the camps worsened the health of the actress, but did not break her.
According to Okunevskaya’s memoirs, People’s Commissar for Internal Affairs of the USSR L.P. Beria, Chief of the General Staff Kocha Popovich, Marshal Broz Tito and State Security Minister Viktor Abakumov were among her admirers. However, her daughter, who lived with her in the same apartment, denied such admirers and called her mother the great hoaxer of the 20th century.
Okunevskaya’s daughter also claimed that her mother was arrested for contacting a foreigner.
At the age of 86 the actress decided to have plastic surgery. It was a fatal step. The actress became ill with hepatitis.
Tatyana died in Moscow on May 15, 2002 and was buried at the Vagankovsky cemetery. She was 88 years old.
Tatyana’s first husband was filmmaker Dmitry (Mito) Varlamov (1905-1968). Their daughter Inga was born on January 12, 1933. Later she became the wife of the famous Soviet interpreter Victor Sukhodrev. The girl died on October 29, 2013.
Boris Gorbatov, writer, winner of two Stalin Prizes (1946, 1952), was her second husband.
Film actor, businessman, People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR, Archil Gomiashvili became her third husband.