The farewell ceremony for the actress will be held at the Moscow Art Theater named after A. P. Chekhov on August 7, after which she will be buried at the Troekurovsky cemetery, the rector of the Moscow Art Theater School Igor Zolotovitsky told TASS.
According to Russian media, Irina Miroshnichenko died in intensive care without regaining consciousness. The actress was admitted to the hospital at the end of July, and since then she has suffered a cardiac arrest and was in a medically induced coma on a ventilator. She was diagnosed with the flu with complications. Doctors talked about the serious condition of the actress.
Her colleague in the theater, People’s Artist of Russia Avangard Leontiev, told TASS that in the last months before her death, Irina Miroshnichenko was sick and did not want to be treated, which had not happened to her before.
“She has always been an active person, strived to be afloat, she came up with a job for herself,” said Avangard Leontiev.
“If she showed up in public, she always looked like a winner. She wanted to always be beautiful and knew how. It did not allow anyone to be indulged despite the years,” Avangard Leontiev told the TASS news agency.
Irina Miroshnichenko was born on July 24, 1942 in the evacuation in Barnaul. In the mid-1940s, the family returned to Moscow. From the tenth grade, the future actress attended the studio at the Moscow State Theater named after Lenin Komsomol (now the Moscow State Theater “Lenkom Mark Zakharov”).
In 1961, she entered the Moscow Art Theater School, and in her third year she made her film debut in Georgy Danelia’s film “I’m Walking in Moscow”.
In 1965, after graduating from the university, she was accepted into the troupe of the Moscow Art Academic Theater of the USSR named after M. Gorky.
After the separation of the troupe, Miroshnichenko remained in the team under the leadership of Oleg Efremov (now the Moscow Art Theater named after A. P. Chekhov) and continued to serve in it all these years.
The actress gained popularity thanks to the movie. In 1966, Irina Miroshnichenko played the role of intelligence officer Galina Ortynskaya in the film “They were known only by sight.” She also starred in such films as: “Uncle Vanya”, “Winter Cherry”, “You never dreamed …” “Kremlin chimes”, “A soldier came from the front”, “… And other officials”, “Cranberries in sugar” and others.
At the very beginning of her film career, Irina Miroshnichenko also played the role of Mary Magdalene in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev (1966).
Colleagues note that despite the success in the cinema, Miroshnichenko preferred the theater.
“Literally immediately [from the beginning of work in the theater] I began to play the main roles. And throughout all these years she was the leading actress of the Art Theater. Although she, of course, starred in a lot of films, she has many iconic roles in the cinema. But the main thing for her was the service of the Moscow Art Theater, to which she gave her whole life, “Vadim Vernik, deputy director of the Moscow Art Theater named after A.P. Chekhov for public relations, told TASS.
Colleagues of the actress in the theater note that Irina Miroshnichenko was for them “an example of service to the stage and the public.”
“Life was generous to her, giving her talent, beauty and character, which did not allow her to bend under the blows of fate (there were enough of them), stubbornly go to her dream and the intended goal. And she herself was generous to people, believing that her mission, her duty was to give joy. And she earnestly did it – on stage, in the cinema, on the stage, on the radio and even on her blog, “the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater said in a statement on the theater’s telegram channel.
Film director Yegor Konchalovsky said that he remembers the actress from early childhood.
“She appeared as a character in my life when my father was filming Uncle Vanya. She belonged to the cohort of Soviet stars, incredible Soviet beauties, for which the 60s and 70s were famous. She was a surprisingly warm and sincere person, although I didn’t know her particularly closely, more from the movies. For me, she was remembered as a real beauty even more than an actress,” Yegor Konchalovsky told the TASS news agency.