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First Steps

Baby_Orlova

Childhood and Youth

Lyubov Orlova, in Russian – Любовь Петровна Орлова, (January 29, 1902 – January 26, 1975) – a celebrated film-actress, the Russian public’s Idol in 1930-1950.

Lyubov Orlova was born on January 29, 1902 in the town Zwenigorod near Moscow in the gentry’s family. The father of the future filmstar, Peter Orlov, served as a military engineer. Her mother, Eugenie Sukhotina, was descended of the ancient noble family.

The parents dreamed of their daughter become a professional piano-player, and she entered a musical school when she was seven. Her major sister Anna (Nonna) was learning to play violin.

Studying and Work in 1919-1933

Conservatory

1919-1922 – Orlova studied in the Moscow conservatory, a class of grand piano, but she didn’t graduate from it because of the absence of money.

1922-1925 – Orlova studied at a ballet faculty of the Moscow Theatrical Technical Secondary School (another name – High Ballet School).

1922-1925 – she was being tutored at home in dramatic art by Teleshova, E., a director of the Moscow Art Theatre .

1920-1926 – she accompanied silent movies on the piano in Moscow cinemas Union , Ars, Great Silent and Orpheum. Later on she provided concert entertainment before movie displaying at the cinema Ars.

1926-1933 – a member of a mixed chorus and, later on, a soloist of the Musical Theatre under the direction of Vladimir Nemirovitch-Danchenko.

Lyubov Orlova entered the mixed chorus of the Musical Theatre under the direction of Vladimir Nemirovitch-Danchenko, as a member, after graduating from the Moscow Theatrical Technical Secondary School in 1926.

At the beginning of her career in the theatre Lyubov Orlova played episodic parts, being the artist of the chorus and ballet. Nevertheless her musical and dramatic talent was remarked by the audience. She had got the part of Perikola of the same name operetta by Jacques Offenbach ( France ) in 1932 and this lead part made her a real soloist.

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Lead roles at the Musical Theatre under the direction of Vladimir Nemirovitch-Danchenko:

  • Perichola in the operetta by Jacques Offenbach «La Perichola».
  • Hersilie in the operetta by Charles Lecocq «Madame Ango’s Daughter» (“La Fille de Madame Angot”).
  • Serpolette in the operetta by Robert Planquette «Corneville’s Bells» (“ Les Cloches de Corneville”).
  • Georgette in the operetta by Jacques Ibert «Italian Straw Hat» (“Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie”).

1926-1930 – She was married to Andrei Berzin (1893-1947/8 гг.), Deputy Head of the State Commissariat of Agriculture. In 1930 Andrei Berzin was arrested by GPU in connection with a trumped-up case of a Labor Peasant Party. В 1938 г. he was re-arrested and was sent into a concentration camp of GULAG.

1932-1933 – She had a common-law marriage with a German/Austrian entrepreneur. The more accurate information on him is absent.

Lyubov Orlova and Michael Nemirovitch-Danchenko Nemirovitch

As Serpolette in the operetta by Robert Planquette «Corneville’s Bells»

Serpolette

As Serpolette in the operetta by Robert Planquette «Corneville’s Bells»

Serpolette

Lyubov Orlova and Michael Nemirovitch-Danchenko

Nemirovitch

 

Young Lybochka Orlova

Young

As Perichola in the operetta by Jacques Offenbach «La Perichola»

Perichola