Alla Tarasova

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Alla Konstantinovna Tarasova (Russian: Алла Константиновна Тарасова, 6 February [O.S. 25 January] 1898 in Kiev – 5 April 1973 in Moscow) was a leading actress of Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre from the late 1920s onward.

A title role in Anna Karenina (1937) was her most resounding success. She appeared to mixed reviews as Katerina in the screen version of Ostrovsky's The Storm (1934) and as Catherine I in the movie Peter the Great (1937). Tarasova toured London and United States with the Moscow Art Theatre in 1922-1924 to much international acclaim. She was a recipient of five Stalin State Prizes (in 1941, twice in 1946, 1947, and 1949), two Orders of Lenin and the honorary title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1937.

Tarasova joined the Communist Party in 1954, having already been elected to the Supreme Soviet of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1952. She served as a deputy of the Supreme Soviet until 1960 and was awarded the title of Hero of Socialist Labour shortly before her death in 1973.

Tarasova died on 5 April 1973 and was interred at the Vvedenskoye Cemetery.

In 1975, a ship, the MV Alla Tarasova was named after her.

Selected filmography


  • Solovyova, Inna. 1999. "The Theatre and Socialist Realism, 1929-1953." Trans. Jean Benedetti. In A History of Russian Theatre. Ed. Robert Leach and Victor Borovsky. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 325-357. ISBN 0-521-43220-0.

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