Tatyana Shmyga

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Tatyana Ivanovna Shmyga (Russian: Шмыга, Татьяна Ивановна; born December 31, 1928, Moscow, Soviet Union — died February 3, 2011) was a Soviet-born Russian operetta/musical theatre performer. She went on to act in films as well. She was a People's Artist of the USSR (1978).[1]

She graduated from the A.V. Lunacharskii State Institute of Theatrical Arts, where she studied voice under D.B. Beliavskaia and acting under I.M. Tumanov, later becoming a soloist with the Moscow Operetta Theater the same year. She began acting in films in 1962, notably appearing in Eldar Ryazanov's The Hussar Ballad.[2]


Shmyga remains the only musical theatre actress to date to receive the title of People's Artist of the USSR. She also received the M.I. Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR in 1974, the Order of the Badge of Honor and several other medals.[3]

Personal life

She had three husbands:

  • television journalist Rudolf Borecki
  • musical director Vladimir Kandelaki
  • composer Anatoly Kremer.

It is not clear if she had any children.


She died in her native Moscow, aged 82, from vascular disease.


  1. Lenta.ru "Tatyana Shmyga dies"
  2. Profile at encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com
  3. Profile at encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com