16 years ago, March 10, 2003, passed away Marina Ladynina … Probably, this name does not mean anything to young viewers, but for the older generation she was a real legend during her lifetime, one of the most popular and successful Soviet actresses of the 1930-1940s. It seemed that her happiness was cloudless and unshakable: the main roles in the cinema, 5 State Prizes of the USSR, husband-director, laureate of 6 State Prizes. They joked about them then: "11 laureates in one bed - guess who?" No one then could have imagined that soon Ladynina would have to leave both her profession and her husband forever.
In 1929, Marina Ladynina came from a rural wilderness to Moscow to enroll in GITIS, and surprisingly she entered the first time, with a note in her personal file “especially gifted”. After graduating from the institute she was admitted to the Moscow Art Theater, K. Stanislavsky said: "In her I see the future of the Moscow Art Theater." Playing in a production based on the story of M. Gorky, the actress also earned his praise. Soon, despite the director's warnings that the main thing for her should be the stage, and not the set, she still began acting in films. And in 1936, fate brought her together with film director Ivan Pyryev.
They met in 1936 and, almost at first glance, realized that mutual attraction would not only be creative. The day after they met, Pyriev confessed his love to her, and soon offered his hand and heart, although at that time he was still married. He received a divorce only two years later, after Ladynina gave birth to his son. The ex-wife of Pyryev, Ada Voytsyk, was very upset by the divorce and even tried to commit suicide. In despair, she predicted the same fate for her rival: her husband would leave her and her child for the sake of another woman.
In all Ivan Pyriev's films, Marina Ladynina got the leading roles, and these works were a tremendous success. The party leadership approved of them, Stalin himself encouraged the director and complimented the actress. "Rich Bride", "Tractor Drivers", "Pig and Shepherd" - the roles in these films did not satisfy Ladynin, she said that she had turned into an "agricultural actress" and dreamed of revealing her dramatic talent.
On the set of "Kuban Cossacks" in 1949, Ladynina learned about her husband's frequent hobbies for young actresses, and one of them - an affair with Lyudmila Marchenko - became fatal for their marriage. The last film, in which Pyryev shot his wife, was called "Trial of Loyalty", in which the actress played a heroine abandoned by her husband. This role became prophetic for her. She could not forgive her husband for another betrayal and left him.
He tried to return her, filled up with flowers and gifts, wrote letters, but Ladynina said that this was not the same Ivan, whom she loved and continues to love. Pyryev really changed not for the better: becoming the director of "Mosfilm", he often abused power, ruined the careers of young actresses who dared not reciprocate his courtship, started a "black list" for those who were no longer filmed in any film. After his separation from Marchenko, he married Lionella Skirda. But when Marchenko got married, he gave the order not to remove her husband, Vladimir Gusev, and both were forgotten.
In fact, he did the same with his ex-wife. When she refused to return to him, he forbade her to be filmed. Despite the fact that her ex-husband broke her career and life, Ladynina never spoke badly of him. After his death, she was left alone. The actress did not return to the screens - she wanted the viewer to remember her beautiful, young and blooming, so she flatly refused age roles and categorically did not want to give interviews. In 2003 Marina Alekseevna Ladynina died at the age of 95.
And the main rival of Ladynina in the cinema at that time was favorite actress of Stalin, the most beautiful film star of the 1930-1940s. Lyubov Orlova