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February 11, 2022, 09:01


Lyubov Orlova. Photo collage. 1940s–1950s. Main Archive of Moscow

Before becoming famous, Orlova worked as a pianist and performed on the stage.

Lyubov Orlova was born in the Moscow province on February 11 (January 29 according to the old style), 1902. On the artist’s birthday Main archive talks about her path to fame. The department stores documents related to the work of the actress: postcards, evening programs, photographs from theatrical performances and memoirs of contemporaries.

Orlova loved singing and dancing since childhood. Parents hoped that their daughter would become a pianist, so at the age of seven they sent her to a music school. In 1919 Lyubov Orlova entered the Moscow Conservatory (piano class). As a student, she worked as a pianist in several Moscow cinemas, taught music and dance. After the third year, Orlova left her studies due to a difficult financial situation, but her creative path continued and led to the choreographic department of the Moscow Theater College named after A.V. Lunacharsky (now – GITIS).

In 1926, Lyubov Orlova entered the Musical Theater troupe under the direction of Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, where the artistic part of her life began. At first she was accepted into the choir, but, noticing that she was moving well, they began to call for dance numbers. Soon, Lyubov Orlova was already playing small roles, and then the main ones. In addition to working in the theater, Orlova performed on the stage: first with separate vocal numbers, and then with a concert program.

In the movie, the actress began acting while still working in the theater. In 1933, she was invited to play a small role in one of the first comedy films in the USSR, Boris Yurtsev’s silent lyrical comedy Alena’s Love. Unfortunately, the tape has not survived. A year later, Grigory Roshal’s feature film “Petersburg Night” appeared on the screens based on the stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky “Netochka Nezvanova” and “White Nights”. In the film, Lyubov Orlova played the main character.

One of the landmark meetings for the actress took place in the same 1933. The young novice director Grigory Alexandrov offered Lyubov Orlova the role of Anyuta in the musical comedy “Jolly Fellows”. The actress and the director were connected not only by creativity: at the same time, in 1933, they got married. Lyubov Orlova starred in all the films of Grigory Alexandrov. Popular love was brought to her by the roles of Marion Dixon in The Circus, Dunya Petrova in the Volga-Volga, Tanya Morozova in The Bright Path, Vera Shatrova and Irina Nikitina in Spring.

The first appearance of the Moscow metro on the screen. How the movie “Circus” was made “Beauty is a terrible force.” Following in the footsteps of the film “Spring”

When the war began, Orlova began to give concerts at the front and in the rear, took part in the creation of the Combat Film Collection No. 4, which was released on September 9, 1941.

After the war, the actress continued to act in films, and in 1947 she returned to the theater, becoming an actress at the Mossovet State Academic Theater. Here Orlova made her debut as Jessie Smith in the play “The Russian Question” based on the play of the same name by Konstantin Simonov.

The last joint film of the creative duet of Lyubov Orlova and Grigory Alexandrov was the film “Starling and Lyra”. The actress died in January 1975. After her death, Grigory Alexandrov made the film “Lyubov Orlova”.

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