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Video: Evgeny Petrosyan and Elena Stepanenko: Why the 30-year marriage of humorists ended in failure
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
They were considered one of the strongest and most harmonious couples in the domestic show business. Evgeny Petrosyan and Elena Stepanenko lived together for 33 years, giving no one a reason to doubt their feelings. They were invariably there: at home, at work, during public appearances. However, it was recently revealed that comedians are getting divorced. What could have caused the collapse of the family and creative union?
How it all began
In 1979, a fragile girl came to audition at the Variety Theater. Evgeny Petrosyan was just in search of an actress for his new play "A kind word and the cat is pleased." Thin and very artistic Elena Stepanenko suited the role perfectly: she knew how to sing and dance, besides, she had an excellent sense of humor.
The actress was approved for the role and her work began at the Variety Theater. However, there was no question of feelings at all. Each of them already had a family at that time.
Evgeny Petrosyan was married for the third time. Petrosyan's first marriage with the younger sister of the famous ballerina Quiz Krieger gave the artist a daughter, Quiz. But he was still very young at that time, and therefore he soon fell in love again and went to his new wife - Anna Kozlovskaya. However, six months later, Anna left her husband, falling in love with Kostas Varnalis. The artist's third marriage with the St. Petersburg art critic Lyudmila ended due to his wife's dissatisfaction with the actor's endless employment.
Elena Stepanenko was also married. The wife of the actress was a rather famous pianist Alexander Vasiliev, in whose pop ensemble Elena worked at the Mosconcert. However, soon after her transfer to the Variety Theater, the marriage broke up.
Nuclear bomb of love
After meeting Elena Stepanenko and Yevgeny Petrosyan did not think about feelings at all. Their joint work undoubtedly brought them closer together, but their relationship could be called more friendly. Until fate threw them on a tour to Semipalatinsk.
At that time, underground tests of new weapons were underway at the test site, and subsequently the actors compared the appearance of their feelings with the explosion of a nuclear bomb. Of course, mutual sympathy and respect appeared much earlier, because six years passed from the moment of their first meeting to the fateful tour.
A little later, they, happy and in love, drove by car to the Crimea, where they were supposed to perform. He stopped, got out of the car and returned with a huge bouquet of lilacs, which he had bought from a woman standing on the side of the road. Since then, Elena Stepanenko of all flowers preferred lilac, which she associated with spring, Crimea and, of course, love.
Family and creativity
After the wedding, they were everywhere together, trying never to part. At first, the actress decided to devote herself entirely to the family. She tirelessly created comfort wherever she was: at home, on tour, during a joint vacation. Elena cooked beautifully, treating her beloved with her culinary masterpieces. At the dacha, she grew vegetables with her own hands, made preparations for the winter.
However, over time, an awareness of the growing need for creativity came to her. During her housework, Elena got a little stout, but quickly got in shape, intending to re-enter the stage. She returned to the stage, began performing at first only with her husband, and then with solo numbers.
They did not get tired of each other, they were never bored together. Joint creativity was one of the components of their happy marriage. Her husband's passion for work never annoyed Elena Stepanenko, because she herself managed to achieve a high level of professional skill.
Evgeny Petrosyan and his wife were also brought closer together by a common fascination with antiquity. The couple were often together at auctions, where they often replenished their collection of antiques.
Periodically, information appeared about the possible separation of the spouses, but comedians called them ridiculous rumors and continued to work and live together.
Divorce or divorce?
However, this time the announcement of the divorce is hardly a rumor. In the Khamovnichesky court of the city of Moscow, Elena Stepanenko's claim on the division of jointly acquired property was registered.
For colleagues and friends of the married couple, this news came as a surprise. Evgeny Petrosyan and Elena Stepanenko never dedicated strangers to the details of their personal lives. They still refuse to comment today, rightly believing that everything that does not concern their professional activities is outside the scope of public interests.
Yevgeny Vaganovich refuses to comment on the divorce, inviting journalists to ask questions only about creative plans and upcoming performances. Elena Grigorievna prefers to remain silent. However, the media is actively spreading information about Petrosyan's romance with its director, 29-year-old Tatyana Brukhunova, who accompanies the comedian everywhere. Many fans note the amazing similarity of the girl with Elena Stepanenko in her youth.
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