Marina Ladynina, who gained fame for starring in popular film comedies during the Stalinist years, died in February in Moscow, Russian news reports said.She was 94.
Born in the Siberian town of Achinsk, Ladynina graduated from the Institute of Theatrical Art and worked for several years at the Moscow Art Theater. She made her screen debut in 1935’s “The Enemy’s Paths,” but became a national icon after starring in a series of musical comedies directed by her husband Ivan Pyriev, who died in 1968.
Ladynina’s films included “The Tractor Drivers” and “The Rich Fiancee.” She was awarded five state prizes, including the People’s Artist of the Soviet Union award.
After 1950’s “Cossacks of Kuban,” she left movies but continued to work in theater.