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Tatiana Doronina

Tatiana (Tatyana) Vasiljevna Doronina is a popular Soviet/Russian actress who has performed in movies and the theatre. She is generally regarded as one of the most talented actresses of her generation and was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1981.

Born in Leningrad, little Tanya frequented performances at the Bolshoi Drama Theater and Pushkin Theater. After graduating the famous MKhAT theatre school in Moscow, she returned to Leningrad and joined the Bolshoi Drama Theatre directed by Georgy Tovstonogov.

After moving to Moscow Doronina worked at the Mayakovsky Theater and then at MKhAT. Her major roles were Arkadina in The Sea-Gull by Chekhov, Dulcinea del Toboso in a play by Alexander Volodin, Queen Elizabeth of England and Mary Stuart in Vivat Regina

"All the films she starred in, though regrettably few, are now considered classics. Most directors believed she was too theatrical for the movies and refused to take her on."" Georgy Natanson reversed that unfair judgment by giving her the lead parts in "The Elder Sister" and "Once More about Love". Both had a tremendous success making Doronina a huge film star. Young girls imitated her hair-do and her manner of speaking. People queued up for hours to get tickets for Once More about Love in which she played a flight attendant, the role that earned her the best Soviet actress title in 1968. Doronina's profoundly romantic heroines could sacrifice everything for love.

She rendered the love theme the way no actress did. In almost every of her films she would sing a song, which in her presentation turned into a small drama. In "Three Poplars on Plyuschikha" she plays a plain country woman who, although married, has never experienced love and puts the anguish tormenting her heart into a song called Tenderness" says Russian Cultural Navigator.

At present Doronina is artistic director of the Gorky MKhAT, a job she accepted when MKhAT split into two independent troupes. One of her husbands was a popular Russian writer and historian Edvard Radzinsky.

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