Olga Preobrazhenskaya

(1881-1971)

Olga Preobrazhenskaya was a Russian Soviet director, actress and scriptwriter.

She was born on 24 July 1881 (according to other sources – in 1884) in Moscow. During 1901-1906, she studied at Moscow Art Theatre Studio, then worked in provincial theatres. In 1913, she made her début in the film Keys to Happiness (Ключи щастя). In 1916, she began co-directing with her husband, Vladimir Gardin. Together with him she worked at VUFKU, where she made the films Landlord (Поміщик) and Locksmith and Chancellor (Слюсар і канцлер). After returning to Russia, she made her most famous film, Riazan Women (Баби рязанські) (1927). She died on 30 October 1971 in Moscow.

Filmography:

Director: Mistress into Maid (Панянка-селянка) (1916), Victoria (Вікторія) (1917), Landlord (Поміщик) (1923), Locksmith and Chancellor (Слюсар і канцлер) (1923), Fedka’s Truth (Федькина правда) (1925), Kashtanka (Каштанка) (1926), Riazan Women (Баби рязанські) (1926), Mystery of Ana Guy (Тайна Ани Гай) (1927), Light Town (Світле місто) (1928), The Last Attraction (Останній аттракціон) (1929), And Quiet Flows the Don (Тихий Дон) (1930), The Only Joy (Єдина радість) (1933), Hostile Paths (Ворожі стежки) (1935), Stepan Razin (Степан Разін) (1939), The Taiga Boy (Хлопець з тайги) (1941).

Actress: Keys to Happiness (Ключі щастя) (1913), Home of the Gentry (Дворянське гніздо) (1914/1915), The Slums of Saint Petersburg (Петербурзькі нетрі) (1915), War and Peace (1915), Plebeian (Плебей) (1915), Privalov’s Millions (Приваловські мільйони) (mini series, 1915), Garnet Bracelet (Гранатовий браслет) (1915), Iron Heel (Залізна пята) (1919).