Russian actress Lyudmila Gurchenko dies

Thesp was star of 'Carnival Night'

Lyudmila Gurchenko, a popular Russian movie actress since the mid-1950s, died in Moscow on Wednesday, March 30, of natural causes. She was 75.

She became a star at age 21 when she played the lead in the 1956 comedy “Carnival Night,” also the debut of noted helmer Eldar Ryazanov. He directed her a quarter-century later in another of her most praised performances, as the waitress in “Station for Two.”

Other noted perfs came in Alexei German’s “Twenty Days Without War,” Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky’s “Sibiriada,” Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Five Evenings,” Pyotr Todorovsky’s “The Mechanic Gavrilov’s Beloved Woman” and Roman Balayan’s “Flights in Dreams and Reality.”

President Dmitry Medvedev said Gurchenko’s passing was “an irreplaceable loss for national culture” and characterized her as “truly a people’s actress,” a Kremlin statement said.