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Kiev, Ukraine, Soviet Union
Claim to Fame
role of Aksinya in Tikhiy Don (1957) by director Aleksandr Gerasimov
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Elina Bystritskaya is a Soviet - Russian actress best known as Aksinya in Tikhiy Don (1957) by director Aleksandr Gerasimov.
She was born Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya on April 4, 1928, in Kiev, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Her father, Avraam Petrovich Bystritsky, was a notable medical doctor in Kiev, her mother, Esther Isaakovna, was a medical administrator. Young Elina Bystritskaya worked as a medical nurse helping her parents in a Soviet military hospital during the Second World War. She was decorated by the Soviet State for her contribution to the Victory in the Second World War. From 1944 - 1947 she studied as a medical nurse at Nezhin Nursing School, graduating in 1947 as gynecological nurse, and then worked at a gynecological clinic. That same year she failed to enter the Kiev Acting School and studied to be a teacher, albeit her second attempt to acting school was successful. From 1948-1953 she attended the Kiev Theatrical Institute, graduating in 1953 as an actress.
Bystritskaya shot to fame in the Soviet Union with the role as a doctor in Neokonchennaya povest (1955) by director Fridrikh Ermler. In 1955 she was acclaimed as the "Best Soviet actress" of the year, and was a member of the Soviet delegation in Paris for the "Week of Soviet Film" there. A year later she was handpicked by writer Mikhail Sholokhov to co-star as Aksinya opposite Pyotr Glebov in Tikhiy Don (1957) by director Aleksandr Gerasimov. Her role as Aksinya in the `Tikhiy Don` trilogy became her best known work in film.
Since 1958 Bystritskaya has been a permanent member of the troupe with Maly Theatre in Moscow. There she appeared on stage with such actors as Nikolai Annenkov, Varvara Massalitinova, Varvara Ryzhova, Yevdokiya Turchaninova, Vera Pashennaya, Varvara Obukhova, Yelena Shatrova, Yelena Gogoleva, Rufina Nifontova, Tatyana Yeremeyeva, Aleksandr Ostuzhev, Vladimir Davydov, Sergei Aidarov, Stepan Kuznetsov, Prov Sadovsky, Boris Ravenskikh, Boris Babochkin, Mikhail Zharov, Mikhail Tsaryov, Igor Ilyinsky, Pavel Olenev, Mikhail Sadovsky, Konstantin Zubov, Viktor Khokhryakov, Vsevolod Aksyonov, Nikolai Ryzhov, Yevgeni Vesnik, Viktor Korshunov, Yevgeni Samojlov, Yuri Solomin, and many other notable Russian actors.
In 1960, during the Thaw initiated by Nikita Khrushchev, Elina Bystritskaya together with Sergei Bondarchuk and Nikolai Cherkasov was a member of the official Soviet delegation meeting with president Dwight D. Eisenhower in the White House. She was designated People`s Actress of the USSR (1978), and received awards and decorations from the Soviet State. Outside of her acting profession, Bystritskaya was president of Soviet Gymnastics Federation from 1975 - 1990. She also taught acting at Shchepkin School of Maly Theatre, and at Soviet State Theatrical Institute (GITIS). Elina Bystritskaya is living in Moscow, Russia.
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Kiev Theatrical Institute
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Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya
Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya (Ukrainian: Еліна Авраамівна Бистрицька, Russian: Элина Авраамовна Быстрицкая; born 4 April 1928 in Kiev, Soviet Union) is a Soviet and Russian actress best known for her role of Axinia in Sergei Gerasimov's epic screening of Mikhail Sholokhov's novel And Quiet Flows the Don (1958).
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