|Birth Day:||May 4, 1934|
|Death Date:||May 4, 2014|
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As per our current Database, Tatiana Samoilova died on May 4, 2014.
The only daughter of actor Yevgeny Samoilov (or Samojlov), Samoilova was born in Leningrad on 4 May 1934. Her mother, Zinaida (née Levina), was Jewish. Soon after her birth, Samoilova's father moved the family to Moscow. As a young girl, Samoilova was interested in ballet and studied music with her mother. She attended the prestigious Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre to study ballet, graduating in 1953. She was offered a position with the Bolshoi Theatre by Maya Plisetskaya, but chose to attend the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute to study acting instead. While still in school, she appeared in one film – The Mexican by director Vladimir Kaplunovskiy.
After three years at the Boris Shchukin Theater, Samoilova landed the lead role of Veronika in Mikhail Kalatozov's war film The Cranes Are Flying in 1957. The film was a tremendous success, becoming the only Soviet movie to win the Palme d'Or, at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival. Samoilova received a special mention for "Most Modest and Charming Actress". She went on to win Best Foreign Actress at the Jussi Awards and the German Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 1958. In 1959, she was nominated for Best Foreign Actress at the BAFTA Awards.
Instead, Samoilova followed up her role in The Cranes Are Flying with the lead role in Cranes director Mikhail Kalatazov's next film, 1959's Letter Never Sent. In 1960, she lost her job at the Mayakovsky Theatre and was unemployed for several years. In 1964, Samoilova starred in Giuseppe De Santis' war drama Attack and Retreat. Samoilova had the title role in Aleksandr Zarkhi's Anna Karenina, appearing beside her former husband Vasily Lanovoy in the 1967 film.
After several roles during the 1970s, Samoilova largely avoided the public light. Even so, she remained one of Russia's most popular actresses. In 1993, Samoilova was named a People's Artist of Russia, one of the state's highest honors. In 2007, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.
Samoilova made a comeback in the 2000s, appearing in a number of television programs. Her final role was in Igor Voloshin's 2008 film Nirvana. In honor of her 80th birthday, Russian state television broadcast a series of programs about Samoilova on 4 May 2014.
Samoilova was married four times, most recently to author Sol Shulman. All her marriages ended in divorce. On 3 May 2014, the eve of her 80th birthday, Samoilova was taken to hospital in serious condition with coronary heart disease and hypertension. She died the following day at 23:30, and was buried at Novodevichy cemetery on 7 May. President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences upon Samoilova's death. At her funeral, movie industry insiders spoke of Samoilova's artistic gifts, but also spoke about how she had been cheated of the fortune she should have earned in life by the Soviet government. Singer and Member of Parliament Iosif Kobzon remarked, "she didn't have money. It’s shameful how cultural figures are treated."
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