Nina Afanasievna Sazonova
7 January 1917
Konstantinovo, Aleksandrovsky District, Vladimir Governorate, Russian Empire
|Died||1 March 2004 (aged 87)|
|Years active||1934 — 2002|
The daughter of a peasant, she joined Aleksey Popov's theatre school at the age of 17. Popov went on to direct her in a number of productions at the Soviet Army Theatre. In the 1960s, she appeared in supporting roles in a slew of Soviet films and gained wider renown for her portrayal of a World War II survivor in the 1965 melodrama Womenfolk. Sazonova was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1977 and was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1987.
Her later years were plagued by a series of horrible incidents, such as being severely beaten by her drunken son who proceeded to jump 11 stories out of an apartment window to his death.