Born in Leningrad on 8 January, 1947. After school, having won a competition of a hundred people per open place, she entered the Leningrad State Theatre, Music, and Cinematography Institute (LGITMIK), into a course taught by very famous St. Petersburg teachers: Irina Meyerhold, the daughter of the famous director and theatre reformer Vsevolod Meyerhold, and her husband, People’s Artist of the USSR Vasili Vasilyevich Merkuryev. After graduating from LGITMIK in 1969, she joined the staff of the Lenfilm film studio.
From 1972 onward, she was an actress of the MOSSOVET Academic Theatre, where she acted in Ivan Bukovchan’s play “Luigi's Heart, or Execution by a Blunt Sword.”
She made her film debut while a third-year student, acting in Nadezhda Kosheverovaya’s film “An Old, Old Story.” The actress’ first film roles were fairy-tale romantics (“Shade,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” “The Broken Horseshoe”) or lyrical comedies (“White as Snow,” “We’re Waiting For You, Boy!”).