Izolda Vasilyevna Izvitskaya (Russian: Изо́льда Васи́льевна Изви́цкая, 21 June 1932 – 1 March 1971) was a Soviet actress.

Izolda Izvitskaya
Izolda Vasilyevna Izvitskaya

(1932-06-21)21 June 1932
Died1 March 1971(1971-03-01) (aged 38)
Moscow, USSR
NationalitySoviet Union

Isolda Izvitskaya was born in the small town of Dzerzhinsk, Russia. Her father was a chemist, her mother a teacher. Upon leaving high school she enrolled at VGIK (the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography). She was given small parts in several movies while still a student. In 1955 Izvitskaya was chosen for the lead in The Forty-First, a film based on a short story by Boris Lavrenyov. The film was very successful all over the country and in 1957 it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival where it was very well received. A new café in Paris was named after her.

At home Izvitskaya was made a member of the Association for Cultural Relations with Latin American countries; this gave her the opportunity to travel outside of the USSR.

Izvitskaya starred in several more movies; however, none of them achieved the success of The Forty-First. She made several more attempts to work in films but parts were getting smaller and scarcer, and she became depressed. In 1971 her husband, the actor Eduard Bredun, left her. She had a nervous breakdown and locked herself in her apartment in Moscow. She was found dead in her home, which was empty of any food. Her husband insisted that the obituary state "poisoning with an unknown substance" as the cause of death but according to the BBC Russian Service she died of cold and starvation.

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Notes
1954 Bogatyr Goes to Marteau Nastenka
1955 Troubled Youth Ketrin
1955 Good Morning Masha Komarova
1956 The First Echelon Anna Zalogina
1956 The Forty-First Soldier Maria Filatovna
1957 The Poet Olga, communist agent
1957 A Unique Spring Anna Burova
1957 The Communist episode
1958 To the Black Sea Irina Kruchinina
1958 Another Flight Ksenia
1959 Fathers and Sons Fenichka
1960 A Man Changes Skin Maria Polozova
1961 Peace to Him Who Enters Klava
1962 Chain Reaction Nadya Vorobyova
1962 Armageddon
1966 On Thin Ice Oksana
1967 Avdotya Pavlovna Nyura, Avdotya's girlfriend
1969 Every Night at Eleven Zhenya (final film role)

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