March 31, 2011 / 11:24 AM / 8 years ago

Russian film star Lyudmila Gurchenko dies at 75

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian actress Lyudmila Gurchenko, a beloved star of the Soviet silver screen, died on Wednesday in Moscow from heart failure. She was 75.

“She was a real artist of the people, loved by an audience of millions,” President Dmitry Medvedev said in a statement. The Kremlin said Gurchenko, who debuted in the 1956 comedy “Carnival Night,” had suffered from serious illness.

Gurchenko will be buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery on Saturday, Interfax reported, joining members of the Russian cultural elite such as writers Anton Chekhov and Nikolai Gogol.

Born in Kharkov in Soviet Ukraine, Gurchenko starred in a string of Soviet films throughout the 1970s, and embarked on a singing career in the 1990s.

She was briefly married to Soviet crooner Iosif Kobzon.

Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman, editing by Paul Casciato

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