25 years ago, died Yevgeny Leonov
• Yevgeny Leonov died 25 years ago
25 years ago, January 29, 1994 passed away a wonderful film and theater actor, People's Artist of the USSR, the crowd favorite Yevgeny Leonov. At that time he was only 67 years, and in recent years he lived in constant expectation of premature death. What made cheerful actor was in constant fear of death, and that hastened his departure - further in the review.
Perhaps, kindness, sense of humor and hospitality Yevgeny Leonov had inherited from her mother - it has always been the soul of the company and in their communal, despite the overcrowding, there was always a lot of guests. Later, the actor recalled: "In my family there was no one associated with the arts. Anyone. The mother something was when she told me my mother was charming, gray is a Russian woman, not very competent, but very kind of such a kind heart. An extraordinary woman. In our house, the apartment is not separate, and the public, but in our little room was munching herd some. Someone, somewhere, was sleeping on the floor all the time, people were drinking tea. This family, which also dragged "to the mother.
When Leonov graduated from the 7th grade, the war broke out, during which he worked as an apprentice turner at an aircraft factory and he studied in college. But really it was only interested in amateur theater productions, and in the 3rd year he threw college and went to the Moscow experimental theater studio.
At first, and on the stage and in the cinema Yevgeny Leonov only appeared in the crowd. Popularity came to him only after 35 years, when, after filming "Striped flight" began to trust him bright central comedic roles. And in the theater, he brilliantly coped with dramatic images. Still, the audience loved him in a comedy role. During filming with him more than once occurred curiosities. One of them nearly cost him his film career. During the filming of the famous episode in the bathroom in the "Striped flight", when suddenly appeared a tiger, his character had to run away in fright. But the actor is really frightened in earnest, and in the buff jumped out of the bath. Leonov said: "I am the first of the actors showed his powerful backside to the Soviet people. The scene where my mountain-tamer runs away from the tiger, struck Culture Minister Catherine Furtseva. Then there was a lot of criticism ... The first Soviet pornographic film. Well, when flitting backwards - all remember you. "
The ratio Leonova to work has always been fanatic - he went on stage and on set even with pneumonia. And one day it almost ended in tragedy. In 1988, during a tour of the theater, "Lenk" in Germany Yevgeny Leonov survived clinical death. He suffered a massive heart attack, and immediately after surgery - is another. Actor nearly a month spent in a coma, and all this time with him was a son. Leonov said: "He was talking to a corpse. I'm twenty-eight days it has been disconnected. Nine days later he was sitting, his doctor said, 'You call him here, back when he hears you - come back. Because nineteen days before that I had not regained consciousness. Andrew sang to me. And it is so affected ... became very nervous ... Why deposited heart: the time has come jerking or profession nervous? I think people do not wear of creativity - from fate. Because it was constantly fighting for a place under the sun. For the right for the role ... ".
They said that after this at any time over the heart can not stand it. But six months later Leonov again took to the stage and continued to work tirelessly. He is often asked about how he felt at that terrible moment. Leonov all questions answered in his usual manner, with humor: "I looked for a few minutes there. Ranevskaya had hoped to see, but not see. " But in fact he was not joking. After the experienced clinical death of his attitude to life has changed dramatically - in the first place, he revised his attitude to religion, read the Bible and is often quoted. Many noted that after Leonov became more serious, reserved and restrained. And besides this, he became even more fanatical attitude to work - to congenital workaholism added the persistent fear of death. He was not afraid of what he can get away, but it was very worried for my family - because of the fact that they are without it may be left without a livelihood.
For these reasons, after his second birthday Yevgeny Leonov took up any work and did not spare himself. He has repeatedly said: "You can not feel sorry for yourself, that's it, that's what I finally realized." The actor lost on the road, to accept any role, became one of the first Soviet actor, starring in commercials. The fear of sudden death since he left. Perhaps all of these experiences together with the hectic lifestyle and became an indirect cause of premature death Leonova.
January 29, 1994 Yevgeny Leonov going to the theater, where he had to once again take to the stage in the form of Tevye the milkman. Suddenly he looked up the clot. He failed to save the actor at this time. None of the spectators, who came in the evening to play, to learn about the actor's death, did not give a ticket - the whole evening they stood outside the theater with lighted candles. Yevgeny Leonov was not just famous - he enjoyed immense popularity and love of millions of viewers, for which his departure was a huge shock.
The playwright Grigory Gorin wrote: "Many people do not believe in death Leonova. Death of actors at all was the notion of the unreal. If the voice sounds when a person almost every week on TV, if the photos with book covers ... What if there death? Best of all this absurdity said the boy in our yard. His friend told him heard the news: "Winnie the Pooh is dead!" - "You're lying! - the boy said calmly. - Winnie the Pooh died. Today he goes in the evening on a visit! ".