National Artist of the Russian Federation. Laureate of the State Prize of Russia. Holder of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland.
Born on September 26 in Moscow (Russia, the USSR).
In 1961 Lyudmila Maksakova graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute (Vladimir Etush’s course) and joined the Vakhtangov Theatre company.
Lyudmila Maksakova is the pride and the glory of the Vakhtangov Theatre.
Selected theatre roles include: Adelma (‘Princess Turandot’ by Carlo Gozzi), Knipper-Chekhova (‘My Mocking Happiness’ by Leonid Maliugin), Mamaeva (‘Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man’ by Alexander Ostrovsky), Baroness (‘The Glembays’ by Miroslav Krleža), Masha (‘The Living Corpse’ by Lev Tolstoy), Anna Karenina (‘Anna Karenina’ by Lev Tolstoy), Duchess of Marlborough (‘A Glass of Water’ by Augustin Scribe), Paola (‘The Lady Without Camellias’ by Terence Rattigan), Korinkina (‘Guilty without Guilt’ by Alexander Ostrovsky), Countess (‘The Queen of Spades’ by Alexander Pushkin), Arkadina (‘The Seagull’ by Anton Chekhov), Voynitskaya (‘Uncle Vanya’ by Anton Chekhov), Grandmother (‘The Haven’ themed on various authors), Nanny and Dancing Master (‘Eugene Onegin’ by Alexander Pushkin), Lady (‘Minetti’ by Thomas Bernhard), Iocasta (‘Oedipus Rex).
Lyudmila Maksakova is already the legend of the stage. She worked with the outstanding 20th century theatre directors – Ruben Simonov, Alexandra Remizova, Evgeniy Simonov, Alexander Belinsky, Roman Vityuk, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Pyotr Fomenko, Rimas Tuminas.
No less felicitous is the actress’s career in the movies. She is starring in films by Grigory Chukhrai, Iosif Heifitz, Igor Talankin, Pyotr Todorovsky, Andrei Smirnov. Selected filmography includes ‘There Once Lived an Old Couple’, ‘Tatiana’s Day’, ‘The End of Saturn’, ‘Extrajudicial’, ‘Autumn’, ‘The Bad Good Man’, ‘Die Fledermaus’, ‘Father Sergey’, ‘Trips in an Old Car’, ‘Along the Main Street with Orchestra’, ‘Ten Little Black Boys’, ‘Mu-Mu’, ‘Anna Karenina’. Several significant plays with Lyudmila Maksakova had been filmed; ‘Princess Turandot’, ‘Idiot’ and ‘Théâtre de Clara Gazul’.
Lyudmila Maksakova is the winner of many prestigious prizes for her incredible work.