August 28 one of the most popular Soviet cinema actresses Natalya Gundareva could have turned 69 years old, but in 2005 she passed away. She considered her most bad habit "congenital workaholism", and her greatest love was theater. For the sake of this love, she had to sacrifice many equally important values, which she regretted until the end of her days.
Natalya Gundareva was born into a family of engineers, but her mother played in the amateur theater of her research institute, and her love for dramatic art was passed on to her daughter. As a child, she studied in a circle at the House of Pioneers, where she played her first roles in performances. Nevertheless, after school, Natalya was going to enter the Civil Engineering Institute, and even worked for 2 years as a draftswoman in a design bureau. But an acquaintance persuaded her to enter the Shchukin school, and she was able to withstand the competition of 247 people for a place.
After graduation, Natalia Gundareva received invitations to work from several theaters at once, but chose the theater. Mayakovsky, to whom she gave her whole life. “I got from my parents: my father's prudence, that is, a real understanding of the moment, and on the other hand, my mother’s such intolerance - to do it at all costs,” said the actress, and her perseverance and dedication in the profession could really be envied. She was very obligatory and demanding of herself, she came to the theater an hour before the start of the performance, went down to the stage earlier than other actors.
Natalia Gundareva began acting in films in 1966, but she gained popularity in 1972, when the film "Hello and Goodbye!" Was released. In 1973 she was offered the lead role in the film "Autumn", but she was already three months pregnant. The actress faced a difficult choice, and the scales tipped towards the profession. For this she had to pay dearly: she was forever deprived of the opportunity to have children. “As a child, I probably pay for success,” Gundareva said. - I always had a job. And she was constantly ahead of the next need to have a baby."
After the incredible success of the film "Sweet Woman", proposals fell on Gundareva one after another: she starred in 5-6 films at the same time. At that time she was married to the director L. Kheifetz, who liked to invite almost the entire troupe to their home after the performance. The actress could not stand such a rhythm of life and constant household worries. She again had to choose - either family or work. And the choice again turned out to be in favor of theater and cinema. The actress remarried in 1979 for the actor Viktor Koreshkov, but the marriage soon fell apart - her husband left for another woman. The third husband of Gundareva was Mikhail Filippov, with whom she lived until the end of her days.
In 1977 and 1981, according to the results of a poll by the magazine "Soviet Screen", Natalya Gundareva was recognized as the best actress. In 1979 she played the role of Nina in the film by G. Danelia "Autumn Marathon", for which she was awarded the State Prize of the RSFSR. Her work in the films "Citizen Nikanorova awaits you", "Say a word about the poor hussar", "The lonely is given a hostel", "Aelita, do not bother men" and others brought her popular love and popularity.
In the 1990s. Gundareva started to have serious health problems. She smoked a lot, despite bouts of hypertension, and went on stage even in a very serious condition.“He both exhausts and inspires me. As if he hates and adores at the same time. But I cannot get rid of his power. Especially the power of the theater. This is my love, my home,”- this is how the actress said about the world of spotlights. A sharp weight loss and 2 plastic surgeries made the situation worse.
In 2001, the actress suffered a stroke, which made her think seriously about her attitude to life: “I think that God just stopped me with a stroke, because for many years I did not live, but simply existed in a crazy race mode. Every morning she got up out of bed through strength, pumped up the body with coffee and nicotine, and then - an endless carousel of rehearsals, fittings, screen tests, TV filming …”. However, Gundareva did not manage to recover after this: in 2004 her condition worsened, and in 2005 at the age of 56 she died.
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