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Lyubov Sergeevna Sokolova (Russian: Любо́вь Серге́евна Соколо́ва; July 31, 1921 – June 6, 2001) was a Soviet and Russian cinema actress, named a People's Artist of the USSR. She played in the movie more than 300 roles.[1][2][3]

Lyubov Sokolova

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Lyubov Sergeevna Sokolova

(1921-07-31)July 31, 1921
DiedJune 6, 2001(2001-06-06) (aged 79)
Years active1946–2001
Spouse(s)Georgy Arapovsky (died)
Georgy Danelia (divorce)
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Lyubov Sokolova studied cinematography with Boris Bibikov and Olga Pyzhova, graduating in 1946.[4]

From 1951 to 1956 she was an actress in the Drama Theatre Group of the Soviet Forces in Germany (Potsdam). In the years 1946–1951 and 1956 she was a studio theatre actress.

Lyubov Sokolova had her movie debut in 1948 as the simple village woman Varvara in The Story of a Real Man. The young actress's debut did not go unnoticed. She appeared in many films, among them: Quiet Flows the Don, Splendid Days, The story of Asya Klyachina, Far from Moscow, Shine, Shine, My Star, Crime and Punishment, Walking the Streets of Moscow, Thirty Three, The Irony of Fate, Moscow, My Love, White Bim Black Ear, Live Till Monday, Belorussian Station, Do Not Shoot at White Swans, Gentlemen of Fortune, From Dawn Till Sunset, Crash — Cop's Daughter.

In 1990 Lyubov Sokolova was the People's Artist of the Soviet Union. She was awarded many medals, including for Courage and for Labour Valour.

In autumn 1994 Lyubov Sokolova and Maya Bulgakova were victims of an accident as the car in which they were getting taken to a concert crashed into a pole. The actress was in intensive care. Lyubov was discharged after a few weeks, and Maya Grigorievna died a few days later without regaining consciousness.

She died on 6 June 2001 of a heart attack and was buried in Moscow on the Kuntsevo Cemetery, near the grave of her son.[5]


  • First husband – Georgy Arapovsky, whom she met while studying at the film school.
  • Her second husband was the director and screenwriter Georgy Danelia. They lived together for about 26 years and in 1959 had a son, the director and poet Nikolai Sokolov-Danelia, who died at the age of 26.

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