Lyudmila Tselikovskaya

People’s Artist of the RSFSRLyudmila Vasilyevna Tselikovskaya was born on 8 September 1919 in Astrakhan.She studied at the Gnessin Musical College in piano class, but was suddenly carried away by theatre.In 1941 she graduated from the Schukin Theatre School.She worked at the Vakhtangov Theatre from 1941 till 1992.She also actively took part in founding Moscow Taganka Theatre, as in 1960-1978 she was Yury Lyubimov’s wife. Soviet film star, an outstanding actress of both theatre and cinema, feminine, charming and ironic Lyudmila Tselikovskaya became a legend in her lifetime. Female audience of the Vakhtangov Theatre, passionate admirers of the two leading actresses – Lyudmila Tselikovskaya and Galina Pashkova – divided into “tselikistki” and “pashkistki” whose confrontation sometimes even ended with hand-to-hand fights.In the 40s Tselikovskaya often acted in films. Films she acted in were sold out, admirers fondly called her Lyusya, her portraits were often used to decorate flats. However the actress was not popular with the authorities. While Alexandrov’s and Pyryev’s films were praised by the official press, comedies with Tselikovskaya were criticized severely. Stalin himself truck her out of the Laureate list for the film “Ivan Grozniy”. Nobody patronized her; on the contrary, her characters were believed not to carry an ideological message.Lyudmila Vasilyevna Tselikovskaya died on 4 July 1992.

Lisa Sinichkina (Lev Gurych Sinichkin)
Wife, Grandma, Mother (Intrigue, Money and Love)
Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing, 1936)
Clara (The Straw Hat, 1939)
Inken Peters (Before Sunset, 1941)
Denise Nitouche (Mamzelle Nitouche, 1944)
Clarice (Servant of Two Masters, 1945)
Dzhenevra (Deep roots, 1947)
Aglaya (The Idiot, 1958)
Laura (Little Tragedies, 1959)
Serafima Lopukhova (Crawfish, 1953)
Sofya Medynskaya (Foma Grodeev, 1956)
Irina (Two Sisters, 1957)
Juliet (Romeo and Juliet, 1957)
Anelya (Ladies and Hussars, 1960)
Irina (The Lost Son, 1961)
Lisa Protasova (The Living Corpse, 1962)
Paskhalova (The Coronation, 1969)
Domna, yard cleaner (Old Russian Vaudevilles, 1980)
Lady with a piece of cardboard (Misteriya-Buff, 1981)

Young Captains, 1939
Anton Ivanovich is Angry, 1941
The Hearts of the Four, 1941
Air Cabby, 1943
Ivan Groznyy, 1944,1945
Twins, 1945
The Troublesome Unit, 1946
The Story of a Real Man, 1948
We’ve Met Before, 1954
Poprygunya, 1955
He has come (TV drama), 1970
Semya kak semya (TV drama), 1970
Ladies and Hussars (TV drama), 1976
Odnokashniki, 1978
The Forest, 1980
Neveroyatnoe pari, ili Istinnoe proisshestvie, blagopoluchno zavershivsheesya sto let nazad, 1984
The Portrait, 1987
The Tutor, 1987