Leila Abashidze

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Leila Abashidze
ლეილა აბაშიძე
Leila Abashidze

(1929-08-01)August 1, 1929
DiedApril 8, 2018(2018-04-08) (aged 88)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Cause of deathStroke
Years active1941 – 2018

Leila Abashidze (Georgian: ლეილა აბაშიძე; August 1, 1929 – April 8, 2018) was a Georgian actress, director and screenwriter. She was known as Meritorious Artist of Georgia, People's Artist of Georgia.

Abashidze was awarded thr Order of the Red Banner of Labour, as well as of awards of European and Asian movie festivals, also has her own honorary star in front of Rustaveli cinema on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi, Georgia.

During her career she was widely considered as "Mary Pickford of USSR". She was one of the most popular Georgian and Soviet actresses.

Career[change | change source]

The 1954 movie Dragonfly (1954) made her a popular comedic actress. She has had one of her biggest commercial successes with the drama Meeting Past (1966), for which, in 1968, she was awarded on Leningrad (now: Saint Petersburg) Film Festival as a Best Actress.

She was the writer of Anticipation (1970), Silence of Towers (1978). She is director, writer and the leading actress of Tbilisi-Paris-Tbilisi (1980).[1]

Death[change | change source]

Abashidze died of a stroke in Tbilisi on 8 April 2018 at the age of 88.[2]

Awards[change | change source]

  • Meritorious Artist of Georgia (1958)
  • People's Artist of Georgia (1965)
  • People's Artist of Chechnya-Ingushetia (1964)
  • Honors: Order of the Red Banner (1961) (In Georgian: წითელი დროშის ორდენი, in Russian: Орден Трудового Красного Знамени)
  • Best actress at the St. Petersburg Film festival, 1968.
  • Prize of 2 world festivals, Tokyo, 1997.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Leila Abashidze". Georgia Cinema. Archived from the original on 22 July 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ლეილა აბაშიძე გარდაიცვალა (in Georgian)

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