Soviet film actress Elena Maksimova played ordinary women, mothers, grandmothers. The Honored Artist of the RSFSR impressed with the amazing realism of the game, truthfulness. Even playing in the episodes, she created memorable images.
Elena Aleksandrovna was on the list of actresses of the Soviet era who positioned the image of an ordinary woman. Familiar to anyone, they provided the audience with positive emotions.
The beginning of the creative path
In each role Maksimova got used to the maximum. She amazed her contemporaries with her play. The performer was remembered in many guises, although she had few main roles. The biography of the future actress began in 1905.
Elena was born on November 23 in a Moscow family. My father traded groceries until 1916, and then went to work as an accountant in a carriage depot. While studying in the 9th grade, at the beginning of 1925, the girl was selected for the Vishnyak film studio at the Moskprofobra.
Studying in the studio until the fall of 1926, Maksimova combined with the work of a press operator at a button factory. Soon the career of a young actress in the cinema began. Elena made her debut in the film "Women of Ryazan".
She got the role of the scandalous wife of the rich peasant Lukerya. Then there was work in Eggert's film "Lame Master". The girl fulfilled the conditions set by the directors brilliantly. In her image there was impudence, and enthusiasm, and despair because of her husband's unfaithfulness.
The tape determined her further role. The directors began to offer her the roles of ordinary Russian women. The actress collaborated with the directors of Bab Ryazansky by Preobrazhenskaya and Pravov several times.
One of the best works of the celebrity is called Daria in The Quiet Don of 1930. The image is revealed in the most believable way, realistically showing the heroine's temperament, her contradiction with the emotionality of nature.
In 1930 Elena Aleksandrovna played Natalka in Dovzhenko's film "Earth". With enormous anguish, the artist demonstrated the tragedy of the heroine who lost her loved one. In the same period, Maksimova performed several memorable roles in Aerograd, Pugachev, Gruna Kornakova.
In the film Virgin Soil Upturned, Elena Aleksandrovna played Melanya Atamanchukova. Each work shows the sharpness of the character's character, true drama. In the repeated adaptation of The Quiet Don by Gerasimov in 1957-1958, the actress got a small role as Koshevoy's mother.
After her performance, the actress was included in the list of the few artists who took part in new interpretations of the same work.
Family and vocation
The personal life of the star was no less successful. In 1927 she met her future husband Georgy Lukyanov. The young engineer worked at the Dzerzhinsky Heat Engineering Research Institute. In early 1928, the lovers became husband and wife.
A child, the son of Gleb, appeared in the family in 1934. Before the war, the star worked at the Soyuzdetfilm studio. After the evacuation of the employees' children, the artist worked as a cook in order to stay with her son.
The actress returned to work only in the spring of 1842. Gleb Georgievich later became a cameraman. Maksimova's grandson originally received his legal education. He went into advertising and music business.
Andrei Glebovich Lukyanov has acted in films and television since the beginning of the 2000s. He also gained fame as a poet and journalist. Elena Aleksandrovna's great-granddaughter Tatyana also chose an acting career.
Over the years, the heroines of Maximova have become simple and sincere charming women, neighbors, grandmothers, peasant women. Many images radiate benevolence, harmony, others amaze with scandalousness and "peppercorn", intractability of character.
Regardless of the direction, the star did not put negative emotions in her heroines. She tried to add positive energy to each character.
Critics noted her roles as Dergachikha in The Sea of a Cold, Aunt Dasha in Two Captains, Makarikha from Father's House, Vera Nikolaevna in Shot in the Back, as well as Varvara Stepanovna from Alien Relatives.
In total, the artist played 150 heroines. The directors invited her willingly, since they knew that with one appearance a talented performer would decorate any film.
Elena Alexandrovna was described as a strong-willed, sociable and benevolent person. The actress died in 1986, on September 23.