Lyudmila Gurchenko: a brief biography

Children’s Years

Art historians and critics called Lyudmila Gurchenko synthetic actress. It was brilliantly reincarnated across all theatrical genres from vaudeville and musical to melodrama and tragicomedy. The future star of Soviet cinema came to light on November 12, 1935 in a family of musical workers. Parents at that time lived in the famous city of Kharkiv. His father worked for the local Philharmonic as a bayanist and his mother performed as a singer. The girl grew up inquisitive and moveable child, from an early age absorbed the creative atmosphere that surrounded her.

In 1941, when the war broke out, his father was called into the active army, and Lyudmila and her mother remained in the occupied city. It was possible to survive with great difficulty. After the end of the war, Gurchenko continued her studies in high school. She studied well. She actively participated in the reviews of artistic self-activity and attended classes of the drama studio, which operated at the home of the pioneers. After receiving her matriculation certificate, Lyudmila decided to enter the acting faculty of VGIK and left for Moscow. Entrance examinations from Kharkiv passed from the first time.

Creative path

Already in her student years Gurchenko declared herself as an actress and singer. In the diploma performance “Keto and Kote”, she played one of the lead roles and sang songs according to the script. The first success came to the actress in 1956, following the release on screens of the cult comedy “Carnival Night”. The actress was organically perceived in the image of a charming singer, and the song “Five Minutes” is still considered a slager in Russian audiences. Then the audience saw the beloved actress in the paintings “Road of Truth” and “Girl with Guitar”. Songs from these films came out on separate records.

It should be noted that the peculiar manner of keeping on stage and set, independent judgments on acute urgent problems caused dissatisfaction of officials from culture. For a while, Lyudmila Markovna was not invited to participate in films. And then she performed songs by Soviet composers. To the thirtieth anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War Gurchenko recorded a medley on the theme of military songs. So far, none of the pop performers have created a similar performance.

Recognition and personal life 

Beginning in the mid-70s, the actress was regularly invited to lead roles in cinematography. Among the famous films are “Twenty Days Without War”, “Sibiriad”, “Five Evenings”. In 1983, Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko was awarded the honorary title of “People’s Artist of the Soviet Union”.


actress’s personal life flowed raucously. She was officially married several times. Eventually Lyudmila Gurchenko met Sergei Senin, a film producer. With this man, she has lived under one roof for the past eight years. The actress died after suffering a severe brief illness in March 2011.

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