Zhanna Prokhorenko

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  • Name: Zhanna Prokhorenko ( Jeannette Prokhorenko )
  • Date of birth: 11 may 1940
  • Age: 71
  • Date of death: August 1, 2011
  • Place of birth: Poltava
  • Activities: theater and film actress, people’s artist of the RSFSR
  • Marital status: widow

    Zhanna Prokhorenko: biography

    Zhanna Prokhorenko is a Soviet and Russian actress, people’s artist of the RSFSR. It is famous thanks to roles in a military picture «the Ballad about the soldier» and teen drama «But if it’s love?».

    Jeanne, the full name of which is Jeanette, born in Poltava, but there was short-lived. When the war started, the girl’s father went to the front, where died heroically in only three months. Jeanne along with her mother moved to live with relatives in Leningrad. In the Northern capital hosted a post-war childhood Prokhorenko. In order to decorate the gray days, she enrolled in a drama group at the Leningrad city Palace of pioneers Zhdanov.

    Jeanne loved the scene, but she could not dare herself to go to Moscow to study acting. But then fate intervened: in their drama Studio came to the school of the Moscow art theatre who performed the extend of students from among talented youth. Prokhorenko was one of five selected and engaged in Oleg Efremova in the school Studio.

    While the time was established theater «Contemporary», in which Joan made her debut in the play «good luck». It was there that she was noticed by the Director Grigori Chukhrai and invited the main role in the movie. Everything would be fine, if not notorious ban teachers for the shooting. After painting in the light of Zhanna Prokhorenko telling expelled from the University.

    However, the girl is not upset, and was admitted to VGIK, where he studied with the famous Duo of teachers of Sergei Gerasimov and Tamara Makarova. Classmates Jeanne were such future stars as Galina Polish, Lydia Fedoseyev-Shukshin, Jeanne Bolotov and Sergei Nikonenko. But Prokhorenko the first of this galaxy found fame from the audience for his work in the movie.


    His main film works Zhanna Prokhorenko played early in your career. Her first film was a war drama Grigory Chukhrai «ballad of a soldier». 18-year-old actress was not even up for filming, she looks in the shot, then was in life. This painting received many awards at international film festivals and is considered one of the best examples of films about the Second world war.

    Two years later, the actress again excites the audience, starring in the social drama about teenage feelings «And if it is love?». The painting produces a sensation, because then the love between the students to speak is not accepted, especially in this context: teachers and parents its prohibitions break children’s lives. This many years later leaves the legendary drama «You can not dream», and at the time, Zhanna Prokhorenko and her partner Igor Pushkarev looked like the Messiah.

    Later, the actress starred in the Comedy «Balzaminov’s Marriage», the drama «True story», a joint Soviet-Italian military band «They went East». In the drama of Vasily Shukshin «Kalina Krasnaya» she played the role of the investigator, and the film is about the physics of «Going to storm,» depicted a friend researcher. But in General, such a fabulous role, as in the first two pictures, she was no more.

    Later Prokhorenko began to appear in the famous tapes, but on the second plan: the duty in the hotel «Charlotte’s Necklace», the teacher in the «dot, Dot, comma…», the wife of one of the characters in «TASS is authorized to declare…». In the 90-ies Joan almost shooting were not invited, and in the 21st century was the name of the only episodes of such films as «SMERSH», a «Drongo» and «Lynx».

    Personal life

    With her first husband, Director Yevgeny Vasilyev Zhanna Prokhorenko met at VGIK, where she studied acting, and he’s in the Director’s office. They had a daughter, Ekaterina Vasilyeva, also became an actress and starred in such films as «You can not dream» and «guest from the future». My husband and I lived for over 10 years, but at a film festival, she met writer Artur Makarov, adopted son of their artistic Directors at VGIK. Theirs was a whirlwind romance, and upon returning home, the actress announced Vasiliev, filed for divorce.

    With Makarov Prokhorenko was not formally signed, but has lived in a civil marriage for almost 15 years until his death. Arthur S. in dashing 90-e have decided to start their own businesses, opened a furniture factory and went up the hill. But apparently, this fact was not liked by the competitors, and in the fall of 1995, the Makarov was brutally murdered in his own house. The identity of the perpetrators has not been established.


    After losing a loved one, Zhanna Prokhorenko became depressed and abruptly passed. She went from the capital to the village, where he recently purchased a small house. The actress lived almost a recluse and took an only daughter and grandson. She was chosen in Moscow not more than 3-4 times a year for filming in the next little episode.

    Actually, because of his depression Zhanna Trofimovna did not attach importance to the rapidly deteriorating health. And when the family convinced her to pass the examination, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the esophagus. The actress was transported to a Moscow hospital, where she underwent as many as 12 rounds of chemotherapy.

    But all medical assistance was useless. Zhanna Prokhorenko, who lived the last years in a state of depression and loneliness, died, August 1, 2011. Fortunately, in his last moments of life the actress was not alone. It held the hand of the eldest granddaughter, Maryana Spivak, who, by the way, following the example of my grandmother, too, became an actress.


    • 1959 — ballad of a soldier
    • 1961 — And if it’s love?
    • 1964 — The Marriage Of Balzaminov
    • 1964 — the True history
    • 1965 — Going to storm
    • 1967 — the Incident which nobody noticed
    • 1971 — the Mortal enemy of
    • 1974 — the guelder-rose red
    • 1982 — We lived in the same neighborhood
    • 1989 Entrance to the labyrinth


    Zhanna Prokhorenko

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