People’s Artist of Russia Nadezhda Rumyantseva has died, aged 78, in Moscow. Her wonderful charm, humour and inimitable sincerity had created favourite characters for many admirers of Russian cinema.
Nadezhda Vassilyevna Rumyantseva was born on September 9, 1930, in Potapovo Settlement of Smolensk Region. After school she entered Lunacharsky State Theatre Arts Institute and then the All-Union State Cinema Institute. The small height of the actress at once determined her type as a travesty.
From 1948 to 1950 Rumyantseva played onstage of the Central Children’s Theatre. In that period she also filmed in Navstrechu zhizni (The Encounter of a Lifetime) (1952) and Alyosha Ptitsyn vyrabatyvaet kharakter (Alesha Ptitsyn Cultivates His Character) (1953). In 1955 Nadezhda Rumyantseva got engaged in Theatre Studio of Film Actor.
The Girls (1961)
The image of Tosya in the famous lyrical comedy Devchata (The Girls) (1961) by director Yuri Chulyukin became the hallmark of the actress. No less successful was the film Koroleva benzokolonki (Queen of a Petrol Station) (1963).
Along with cinema she also succeeded as a TV host of children’s programmes. Characters of numerous popular animations speak with the voice of Nadezhda Rumyantseva.