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May 7 marks the 60th anniversary of the actress Lyubov Germanova, known for the series "Detectives by Anna Malysheva", "Former", "Fizruk" and "Doctor Tyrsa". The audience probably knows another actress with the same surname - Evdokia Germanova. Many confuse them and consider them twins, while others are sure that they are not at all alike and are surprised to learn that the actresses are sisters. Their creative destinies were equally successful, but otherwise their paths were completely different.
The sisters were born in the family of Professor, Doctor of Geological Sciences Alexei Germanov. For him, this marriage was the third and did not become the last: when the eldest daughter Evdokia was 3 years old, and the youngest Lyubov was only a year old, he left the family, leaving his wife and daughters an apartment and settled in a room in a communal apartment. The girl's mother was rarely seen - she had to work from morning to night. Because of this, Evdokia was not able to build close relations with her, later she characterized them as follows: "". With her sister, they were also not best friends, although from childhood their fates developed in a mirror image.
Both sisters became interested in theater as a child. Evdokia claimed that she decided to become an actress in kindergarten, when she first appeared on the set in the crowd: "".
At the age of 16, Evdokia Germanova starred in the film "Waiting for a Miracle", and a year later, together with her 15-year-old sister, she played in the drama "Minors" - this was their first joint film work. In the same year, they again starred together in the film "Trainee", and Evdokia also managed to appear in the debut full-length directorial work of Vladimir Menshov "The Joke", which brought the young actress her first popularity.
At first, the older sister's film career developed more rapidly and successfully: in the second half of the 1970s. several new films with her participation were released annually. However, after school, the younger sister achieved much more noticeable success - Evdokia for 6 years unsuccessfully stormed GITIS, and Lyubov, on the first attempt, entered the VGIK in the workshop of Sergei Gerasimov and Tamara Makarova. While still a student, she played the role of Evdokia Lopukhina in his films "At the beginning of glorious deeds" and "Youth of Peter", which brought her first recognition and popularity.
Already in his youth, it became noticeable how the sisters were different in character and temperament: Love was calmer and more judicious, and Evdokia was quick-tempered, emotional and even unrestrained. After the second unsuccessful attempt at admission, she managed to quarrel with the entire selection committee: in her hearts she told the teachers that they did not take talented people, keeping places for "thieves" daughters and sons. But every year she came there - still unsuccessfully. She worked as a cleaner, and then as a typist in the large-circulation plant "Caliber", and in her free time she studied at the theater studio. In one of these performances, Yuri Lyubimov himself drew attention to her and invited her - even without education and diploma - to the Taganka Theater. But soon he went abroad, and Evdokia again suffered a fiasco. And again I went to enter GITIS.
Later Evdokia admitted: "".
In the 1980s.their film careers developed in parallel again: both were in demand and were filmed a lot. True, Lyubov mainly got supporting roles, and Evdokia played several striking leading roles, for example, in the films "The Wedding Gift" and "New Adventures of the Yankees at the Court of King Arthur." In addition, she successfully performed on the stage of the Oleg Tabakov Theater.
In 1991 the sisters again co-starred in the film Kiks. It was after this work that they were often mistakenly called twins in the press, although in fact Evdokia and Lyubov had 2 years of age difference. With the collapse of the Union and the beginning of the crisis in cinema, the creative paths of the actresses diverged: Evdokia continued to act even in times of crisis, playing several main roles, and Lyubov received fewer and fewer new proposals from directors. She reacted calmly to these changes and focused on dubbing - most of the stars of foreign films spoke in her voice.
Evdokia's acting career developed very rapidly: soon she was offered to perform on the English stage. Tabakov was against her departure, because the actress was busy in several productions, and she again showed her character: contrary to the decision of the head, Germanova flew to England. She failed to conclude a long-term contract there, and Tabakov fired her under the article. For 2 years she unsuccessfully tried to get a job in other theaters, and then Tabakov changed his anger to mercy and took her back.
The family life of the sisters also developed in different ways: Love early found family happiness and gave birth to a son, and Evdokia for a long time did not manage to realize herself as a wife and mother. Having overcome the 40-year mark, she decided to take a serious step - to adopt a child from an orphanage. The actress admitted that only after that she and her sister finally became close: "".
It seemed that Evdokia finally found her happiness and became much calmer, peaceful and flexible. But just 8 years later, a loud scandal erupted: the actress decided to abandon the child. It is difficult to say why this happened: the boy accused his adoptive mother of cruelty and intolerance, she also spoke about his bad heredity and aggressive, uncontrollable behavior. According to her, doctors discovered that he developed a mental illness, but he himself denied this. Be that as it may, this act caused a wave of indignation in the direction of the actress, and this affected her reputation.
Sisters these days
In the new century, the sisters have acted equally in films and TV series. At the same time, Evdokia continued to perform on the stage of the theater, and also found herself in teaching, and Lyubov was still engaged in dubbing in parallel, in which she is called a recognized master, "the queen of dubbing." Over the years, they have become even more similar in appearance, but those who are closely acquainted with them say that the nature of the sisters is heaven and earth. Love is still intelligent and peaceful, she is happily married, but she carefully hides her personal life from the public, and her name has never been involved in any scandal. And the eccentric Evdokia is still ready to rush into battle and defend her innocence. Today she admits: "".
Evdokia Germanova was not the only stellar adoptive mother who abandoned the child: Russian celebrities who returned adopted children to the orphanage.