Nonna Viktorovna Mordiukova
Mordiukova, Nonna (Noiabrina) Viktorovna
Born Nov. 25, 1925, in Konstantinovskaia. stanitsa (large cossack village), Donetsk Oblast. Soviet Russian film actress. People’s Artist of the USSR (1974).
In 1950, Mordiukova graduated from the acting department of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (workshop of B. V. Bibikov and O. I. Pyzhova). She works in the Central Film Actors’ Studio. While still a student, Mordiukova made her film debut as Ul’iana Gromova in The Young Guard (1948; based on a novel by A. A. Fadeev; State Prize of the USSR, 1949). Mordiukova has a flare for depicting wholehearted women with morally strong and generous natures. She has portrayed profoundly national Russian characters. Her best roles include Stesha in Unrelated Kin (1956), Sasha Potapova in A Simple Story (1960), Donia Trubnikova in The Chairman (1965), Fedos’ia Ugriumova in The Russian Field (1972), and Antonina Kashirina in The Point of No Return (1974). She also acted the roles of Belotelova in Bat’zaminov’s Marriage (1965; A. N. Ostrovskii) and Glafira Ogrekhova in My Little Crane (1969).
In 1972, for her portrayal of Dar’ia Vasil’eva in the film The Young (1970), Mordiukova was awarded a diploma of the All-Union Festival of Films About Labor and the Working Class held in the city of Gorky. She received the Vasil’ev Brothers State Prize of the USSR (1973) and was awarded the order of the Badge of Honor.