Lyudmila Alexandrovna Shagalova was a very popular actress in the Soviet Union. For her creative biography, she played more than fifty film roles and was awarded the Stalin Prize for the image of the heroic girl Vali Borts in the film "Young Guard". She also starred in famous films: "Loyal Friends", "The Marriage of Balzaminov", "The Tale of Lost Time", "Mustache Nanny", "Where is the Nofelet?"
Lyudmila Aleksandrovna lived a bright and not simple life. Having survived the early loss of her mother, wartime, evacuation, the arrest of her father, she remained a strong woman and a wonderful actress, who embodied on the screen numerous images of funny, serious, comic and tragic heroines of her films.
Lyudmila was born in Belarus in the spring of 1923. When the girl was only two years old, her mother died, and the upbringing of the child for all subsequent years was exclusively carried out by the father, who worked at that time in the military industry. In the late 1920s, the family left Rogachev for Moscow, where the girl went to school and received secondary education.
Lyudmila owes her career in cinema to the director Y. Protazanov, who noticed the girl at the time of the broadcast on TV of a rally dedicated to the heroes of the Papanin people. It was he who invited Lyudmila to the studio and offered to star in the film "Seventh Graders", which was released in 1938. From that moment on, the creative biography of the famous and beloved actress Lyudmila Alexandrovna Shagalova began.
Before the outbreak of the war, Lyudmila's father was repressed and exiled to the camps.
When the Great Patriotic War began, the girl was evacuated to Chelyabinsk, where she worked at the plant as a security commandant.
Even in wartime, cinema remained a dream of Lyudmila, and immediately after returning from evacuation to Moscow, the girl entered the Institute of Cinematography to devote her future life to creativity.
Three years after the end of the war, Sergei Gerasimov's film "Young Guard" based on the novel by A. Fadeev was released on the screens of the country, where Lyudmila played one of the main roles - Valya Borts. The film was dedicated to the Young Guard - former schoolchildren who created an underground anti-fascist Komsomol organization called "Young Guard", which had been working in Krasnodon for a long time. For this role, Lyudmila was awarded the Stalin Prize.
After the success that the role in this film brought her, Shagalova became a popular and famous actress. She receives new invitations to shoot, and she willingly accepts them. The directors really appreciated the actress and loved to work with her. She was distinguished by a strong and independent character and always looked one hundred percent in her work.
For her creative biography, Lyudmila Alexandrovna played many excellent roles in cinema and the State Theater of Film Actor. She got different images. The most famous works of Shagalova in the cinema were: "Farewell, America!", "Loyal friends", "It can't be!", "Mustache nannies". For her role in the film "The Marriage of Balzaminov" Shagalova was recognized as the actress of the year.
Having worked in the film industry for most of her life, Shagalova stopped filming in the late 80s, when her health no longer allowed the actress to work fully.
Shagalova passed away in 2012 in Moscow after a long illness. She was buried at the Vagankovskoye cemetery together with her husband, whom she survived for only one year.
The family life of Lyudmila Alexandrovna was very successful. She got married during her student years. Vyacheslav Shumsky became her husband, who studied with her at the Institute of Cinematography and later became an excellent cameraman.
The husband and wife have lived a long and happy life. Love and harmony have always reigned in their family. Lyudmila and Vyacheslav had a son, Gennady, who later followed in the footsteps of his parents and became an actor and director.