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Video: Why did the daughter of director Gaidai and actress Grebeshkova refuse to follow in the footsteps of her parents, and how her life turned out
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
Children of famous personalities always have a hard time, because those around them often evaluate not their personal qualities and talents, but their compliance with the status of the successor of the dynasty. But many of them manage to achieve success in the same field as their parents. Oksana Gaidai, the daughter of the genius director Leonid Gaidai and his wife, the talented actress Nina Grebeshkova, declared as a child that she did not want to get a creative profession, although she undoubtedly had an acting gift. How was her fate and did she regret the decision she made in childhood?
Oksana Gaidai was born in 1957, when her parents had already graduated from the institute and were actively pursuing their own careers. Nina Grebeshkova, however, devoted more time to her family, but Leonid Gaidai was very passionate about work. But the busyness of the parents did not affect Oksana in any way. She felt loved every minute.
Subsequently, Oksana will say more than once in her interviews that she had a very normal family. Leonid Gaidai and Nina Grebeshkova were enthusiastic people, but not fanatical. They skillfully allocated their time so that it was enough for work, for home and for raising a daughter. Oksana was always interested with her parents, and the atmosphere that reigned in the house became the most vivid childhood memory. Everyone here was warm, cozy and tasty.
Leonid Gaidai invariably hurried home in the evenings in order to have time to read another funny story to his daughter at night. He liked to listen to her bursting laughter, and therefore he read diligently, with different intonations and timbres. At the same time, the father talked to Oksana as with an adult, and did not try to lisp. Together with her parents, she often visited the zoo, the circus or the cinema.
Nina Grebeshkova, on whose shoulders lay all the worries about the family, was very concerned about the diversified development of her daughter. Oksana learned to read and write very early, and when it was time to go to school, Nina Pavlovna assigned her to a specialized English school. It took almost an hour to get there, but at the same time at school they gave not only good knowledge of a foreign language, but could also captivate students with other subjects. Oksana, for example, fell in love with geography, history and mathematics, which helped her a lot in the future.
In their house, guests were infrequent, and the spouses themselves were not very fond of visiting friends or colleagues. They preferred cozy home evenings and only occasionally went to a picnic or barbecue at the dacha. Naturally, the daughter was often with her parents on such outings.
Like all children of filmmakers, Oksana was with her parents on film expeditions, of course, if they coincided with her holidays. But the memories of the days spent on the set left an indelible mark on the girl's soul. Once her father even shot her in the short film "On the Road", where a three-year-old girl played the role of the young son of the heroes Leonid Gaidai and Nina Grebeshkova.
She had an obvious acting gift, and when her daughter grew up, he repeatedly said that she could go to the theater. When Oksana was already in high school, Leonid Gaidai said that she needed to apply to the acting department and generally begin to prepare for admission. But Oksana has already chosen her own path.
She refused her father's offer and said that she didn’t want to sit by the phone all day after receiving her diploma as an actress, waiting for a call with an invitation to shoot. And after receiving a certificate of secondary education, Oksana took the documents to the Faculty of Economics of MGIMO.
Most of all, Nina Grebeshkova was happy with the choice of her daughter, it was with her light hand that her daughter was carried away by foreign languages and mathematics, and school education helped Oksana enter the institute on the very first attempt and without any cronyism. And MGIMO was considered a very prestigious university, and enrolling there was as difficult as entering the theater.
True, very soon the daughter gave her mother a reason for excitement and discontent. The fact is that already in her student years, Oksana told her parents about the upcoming marriage. Nina Pavlovna sincerely believed: her daughter was in too much of a hurry, and her marriage was now completely useless. But Oksana knew how to insist on her own and her mother had to put up with it. Nina Grebeshkova even imagined how her daughter and her husband would settle in their large apartment. But then Leonid Gaidai intervened in the matter, deciding to buy a separate house for the newlyweds.
At first, mother often came to her daughter with saucepans. He cooks soup, fry cutlets, and takes luck to his students. It was really difficult for them to cook, because at the institute they disappeared from morning until late at night. And after receiving her diploma, Oksana left for Malaysia, where her husband was sent. Their daughter Olga was born there. The baby was already one year old when she managed to meet her famous grandfather.
Oksana Leonidovna works in a bank as an economist and in her entire life has never regretted that she once did not become an actress. Her daughter Olga followed in the footsteps of her parents and also works as an economist at the bank. She retained the warmest memories of her grandfather, with whom in childhood she often played at doctor and patient, invariably prescribing aspirin for him. And she communicates with her grandmother every day, even if she cannot come to visit because she is busy, then she speaks on the phone.
The life of the only daughter of the great director was happy, and her parents have always been an example of an ideal family for her. However, Oksana Leonidovna herself has been living for many years with a loved one, whom she called her husband in her youth.
Nina Grebeshkova, the wife of Leonid Gaidai, literally pulled the whole house on herself, and sometimes received nothing in return. One day Nina Pavlovna even tried to get away from Gaidai, but he said only six words to her, and she stayed. And she never tried to talk about divorce again.
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