The heroines of the actress always attract with the incredible fullness and richness of their inner life, the amazing ability to spiritualize every moment they let loose, theater critics admit.
Irina Petrovna, born in 1948 in Vienna, where her father served, finally determined her fate after moving to Moscow, where she passed the exams of the legendary “Pike” – the Shchukin Theater School.
Already at the age of twenty-one, the debut of a talented actress in the cinema took place, her biographers recall. By chance, she found herself auditioning for the film “The Nest of Nobles” by Andrei Konchalovsky, in which she then brilliantly played Lisa Kalitina. And two years later, the director again remembered Irina Kupchenko when he needed an actress for the role of Sonya Serebryakova in the film adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
Biographers of the actress emphasize that she always remembered Konchalovsky with gratitude, calling him the main director of her life, which brought her to the cinema and gave her more than one bright role. She was excellent in duets with such outstanding artists as Alexei Batalov and Oleg Yankovsky, Andrei Mikhalkov, Alexander Zbruev and Oleg Dal.
The actress’s long-term theatrical career has developed just as successfully, her fans say. After graduating from university, she was accepted into the troupe of the Vakhtangov Academic Theater. The first appearance on the stage of the legendary theater took place in the play “Antony and Cleopatra”, where Irina’s partners were the great artists Yulia Borisova and Mikhail Ulyanov. Later there were performances of “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Richard III”, “Anna Karenina”, “The Stone Guest” and many others.
Irina Kupchenko received the International Film Festival award for the best female role in the film “A Lonely Woman Wants to Meet”. And for Alexei Petrukhin’s drama “The Teacher” she received the Grand Prize of the VIII All-Russian Festival of Actors-Directors “Golden Phoenix”, two prizes of the XXIII Russian Film Festival “Window to Europe” and three prizes of the VIII International Film Festival “East & West. Classics and Avant-Garde” . By the way, at the moment the People’s Artist of the RSFSR continues to act in films.
Wishing health, energy and optimism to Irina Kupchenko, Lukashenka expressed confidence that her “brilliant works will further promote the development of cultural cooperation between Belarus and Russia”.
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