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Faina Ranevskaya assured – Raikin brought her a full pot of money

Faina Ranevskaya with Erast Garin

“Faina loved to repeat the aphorism of her own work:” Do not have a hundred rubles, but have two breasts. ” She considered herself too ugly. She said: “I fell in love, of course, but I was always changed to women with small noses. It seems to be already a novel, already love, and then – once, there is a rival, and I immediately put aside, “- says Tatiana Isaeva, the wife of the” adopted grandson “Ranevskaya.

In 1971 I married Alexey Shcheglov – “ersatz-grandson” Faina Georgievna Ranevskaya, as she herself called him. I remember how Irina Sergeevna Anisimova-Wulf prepared me for my first meeting with Ranevskaya. In those years, mini-skirts were in fashion, and I was happy to wear them. But Irina Sergeevna insisted that I go to Ranevskaya in trousers and a long waistcoat. Under the waistcoat, I chose a thin red woolen sweater, and Irina Sergeyevna brought the finishing touch, putting on my neck a large copper ornament on a thick chain, which she had brought from the Baltic States the day before. Before the release Irina Sergeyevna once again warned: “Tanechka, please, just do not go over to Faina Georgievna.” We come with my husband to Ranevskaya, to the famous skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, Alyosha takes my coat off me, and the first thing that Faina Georgievna sees on me is a copper thing on a red background on a red background. Immediately followed by a comment: “Well, you’re dressed like a cardinal.”

Remembering that it’s impossible to argue, I answered humbly: “Yes, it is.” And further during the whole evening, I only did that I agreed with Faina Georgievna in everything, although it cost me a lot of effort. First, Ranevskaya took us in the room, and then for some reason she led us into the kitchen, put the kettle on, sat down on a single stool, and we stood leaning our backs on the windowsill and continued the conversation. All this time Faina Georgievna studied me very meticulously. When we returned home, Irina Sergeyevna met us with an “overturned” face: “Tanya, what did you say to Faina Georgievna ?!” It turns out that while we were going home, Ranevskaya managed to call her: “I congratulate you, Irina, your sister-in-law is an impudent person” .

It was in the nature of Faina Georgievna. She disliked all who are dear to people she loved herself. And vice versa: immediately began to adore all those we loved – those to whom Faina had complex feelings. So, my grandmother – Pavel Leontievna Wulf – Ranevskaya idolized. After all, she introduced her into the profession and replaced Faina’s mother: the real parents Ranevskaya in 1917 on their own steamer emigrated to Turkey. The 21-year-old Faina remained in Russia for the embodiment of her dreams about the stage, later changed her surname Feldman to the pseudonym Ranevskaya and was accepted into the family of Pavla Vulf, then a famous actress.

Ranevskaya all her life was jealous of Pavel Leontyevna for her own daughter – Irina, although Wulff was always in German strict and cold with her and Faina received much more time, attention and love from the adored mentor. Then Irina Sergeyevna had a son Alyosha, my future husband, and Ranevskaya fell in love with her whole heart. By the way, it was she who took Irina Sergeevna with Alyosha from the hospital and told about it this way: “I carry Lesik, I press him to myself and I understand: this is the most precious thing that I have, and when I went up to the apartment, I suddenly became so scared , which I now take and throw it off the ladder. ” Here in it – all Faina Georgievna, its paradoxical nature! Then Alyosha grew up and fell in love with me, which meant that I was supposed to take a dislike. But in this there was not a drop of anger or real enmity – just some kind of completely childish jealousy. But when I introduced her to my younger sister Olga, Faina immediately became imbued with her. All lamented: “Oh, how painful it is for you, we must show it to the doctor.” Read more “

Faina Ranevskaya assured - Raikin brought her a full pot of money

Faina Ranevskaya

In fact, Olga was no different in any painfulness (this, rather, I was always sick with something). But that’s how Faina Georgievna wanted to think. Shortly before that, someone gave Ranevskaya fur coat, once owned by Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva. And so, having decided that Olya was freezing in her fashionable short sheepskin coat, Ranevskaya regretted “a cold child who is cold in the winter”, and gave her this coat. The fur coat was made of sand-colored plucked nutria, quite old, sprawling. It was impossible to wear it, it was also not subject to restoration. Our neighbor, who worked in the atelier of hats, then made hats from her.

Now some people tell about Ranevskaya that she was somehow fatally not pretty. This myth is largely created by herself, regarding her appearance is excessively critical. Faina told how she desperately envied the performer of the main role, the beautiful Galina Sergeyeva, on the set of “Pyshki”, around which the men just kept coming. And she dedicated one of her aphorisms to her: “Do not have a hundred rubles, but have two breasts.” At the very Ranevskaya women’s fate did not work out, and she explained it with her appearance. She said: “I fell in love, of course, but I was always changed to women with small noses. It seems like already a novel, already love, and then – again, there is a rival with a small nose, and I immediately push aside. “

Actually Faina Georgievna knew how to look like a king. When I first saw her, I was amazed, first, that she was so tall, straight, with white, sleek, young hands, and then she was 75 years old! Secondly, she had a long aristocratic neck and very beautiful thick hair, they lay a refined high wave – I have never seen such a hairstyle. Ranevskaya’s appearance was regal. And thirdly, she dressed well: I remember she had a wonderful suit of crepe-satin – a skirt and a cardigan of a shade of blue ink, itself – matte, and a collar and lapel sleeves satin. The combination of her silvery hair with this dark blue suit looked great. She always wore one ring – with a scattering of small diamonds on a flat base. According to Faina Georgievna herself, it was made from an old button, which was unearthed by the husband of her sister Bella – a geologist.

I also liked to dress nicely, and Ranevskaya did not approve of this. She had a false idea that our entire family budget was spent on my outfits, and this was discussed every time. It was useless to argue. Although in fact, I sewed a lot for myself. Lesche we also sewed suits for tailors, because he had a non-standard figure. He went to the Yugoslav coat, which he brought Irina. Ranevskaya always said this to me: “Tanechka, you are dressed like a millionaire. And Lesik’s cold … “Then followed a strong word, signifying male dignity. It was meant that his sheepskin coat was short, and my coat was long.

Seeing Raikin in a dream, she broke her arm

We saw each other quite often. And not only at Ranevskaya’s house. On Saturdays, Alyosha and I usually went to the Union of Architects (we are both designers), and when we returned home on the Tverskoy Boulevard in the evening, we sometimes met her, Faina Georgievna was walking there. Her friend Nina Sukhotskaya, Alice Koenen’s niece, assured me that there was better air on Tverskoi Boulevard than in the Swiss Alps, that’s why they liked to walk there with their dogs. Then we saw her home …

Faina Ranevskaya with Ariadna Shengelaya

I was so interested in talking to Ranevskaya, that I resigned her complaints without resentment, and never held her against her. I just realized that I was very lucky – I have the opportunity to see a unique actress at home. Ranevskaya did not look like anyone!

Theater Mossovet paid her quite a large salary, as befits the People’s Artist of the USSR – in my opinion, about three hundred rubles. Despite the fact that she played almost nothing. Only a couple of times a month she appeared on the stage in the performances “Further – silence” and later “Truth is good, but happiness is better”, and every time an office car brought her to the theater and back. To spend money Ranevskaya, it seemed, there was not really anything. With her diabetes, she could not do anything. The situation in her apartment also developed a long time ago, her furniture moved from the house to the house with her mistress: Ranevskaya had an exquisite bedroom set from Karelian birch and a unique suite for the living room with decorative elements in the form of swans. The apartment in Yuzhinsky Lane (Now Big Palashevsky – Ed.) Was added only a few things from the house of Alisa Koonen, which “temporarily” was placed by Ranevskaya Nina Sukhotskaya. It was from Koonen to Ranevskaya, for example, that a very uncomfortable but beautiful low chair-sofa moved. A similar sofa Ranevskaya saw in the museum of Alexei Tolstoy, the guide said that the owner called him “erotomaniac”, Faina took this word.

Where she was losing money – it’s unclear, but they did not hold on to her, Ranevskaya kept on working and getting into debt. I remember one day she was on the rocks, but I wanted to go somewhere to rest. And someone podomyl: “Ask Zavadsky, he will arrange you in Kuntsevo clinic, there are wonderful conditions, you will rest for free.” So Ranevskaya did, and Yuri Alexandrovich responded to her request. All would be well, but on the very first day of hospitalization, Ranevskaya broke her hand. Alyoshka and I rushed to her. We enter. She, white as paper, sits in an armchair, her head bent to the shoulder, her hand pressed to her chest. Alyosha: “Fuchochka, how did it happen?” She replies: “You know, I’m all in debt … I came to the hospital yesterday, and the chambers are all busy, only in the morning they need to get free, and I was offered to spend the night in the hospital on a high bed. And at night I had a dream. Arkady Raikin after the concert holds out to me a full pot of money with the words: “Fainochka, I know that you have debts, please take this money, I earned it specially for you.” I pulled his hands to him, and he pushed it away, I went to him, and so I fell out of bed. ” She told it with such serious and tragic air that it was even inconvenient to laugh.

Of course, she spent a lot of money on housekeepers. She always got stupid. One day, Faina sent for the meat for the dog, giving a large bill. The housekeeper somewhere was missing half a day and returned without surrender. She explained this to the fact that there was no meat in the nearest culinary department, so I had to go to the other end of the city by taxi and buy beef stroganoff.

It is not surprising that Ranevskaya often had to handle economic requests to her friends. I remember how Lesha packed her books when Ranevskaya moved from a high-rise building on Kotelnicheskaya Street to Yuzhinsky Lane. She demanded that books be packed and transported exactly in the order in which they stood on the shelves. And how much we were carried out with a lawn in the Don Cemetery, where Faina’s sister-Bella was buried … Ranevskaya wanted to have a mound covered with grass on the grave, and nothing more. “I want it to be like on the grave of Leo Tolstoy,” she stressed, and we with Alyosha sowed this grass every spring. It was required not to sow deeply, that the seeds should rise, but not finely so that the birds would not stick together. Every year, we found new ways to protect against birds: then a string of threads stretched, then mixed the seeds with clay. Read more “

Photo: from personal archive of Alexey Shcheglov

Once, Ranevskaya went to a sanatorium and asked me to water the flowers. In the luxurious Chinese flower pot she had a very beautiful begonia with lilac leaves, also from Koonen’s apartment. Violet, lilac and purple in general were favorite colors of Faina Georgievna. One day I went to the balcony and was horrified: it was covered with a thick layer of bird droppings. After all, Ranevskaya fed the pigeons. There was still a Voltaire chair, which she had painted with her own oil paint in her own hands, so as not to spoil on the balcony. The second such chair Faina gave us. So her chair, too, was all gassed with birds. I was horrified, because Faina Georgievna had just moved to this apartment, still so clean, new, and the balcony was already in such condition … Where, asks, was the servant looking? And I conscientiously cleaned the chair all these days and scraped the tile floor.

When Faina Georgievna came back, she called me and instead of “Hello, Tanya,” she asked in a severe angry voice: “Where’s the shit?” I say: “Oh, Faina Georgievna, excuse me, I did not warn you, so I decided to help you …” “How can you do this kind of work without the permission of the owners?” She stopped talking to me for a while. And then he calls his husband and says: “Alyosha, come immediately.” At that time he returned from her with two huge bundles of boxes of sweets of all sorts, in each hand in a pile. It turns out that Ranevskaya phoned friends, told a monstrous story, as I washed the balcony of her bird droppings and she had to repay a kind girl. And all to whom she called, brought a box of chocolates. What was not there: a cranberry in sugar, and a cherry in chocolate, and with a liqueur. So Ranevskaya forgave me, but then she was not allowed to leave on her balcony.

Once we came to visit her, when Faina drove off another housemaid. I look – in the kitchen there is a mountain of unwashed dishes. I say: “Come on, Faina Georgievna, I’ll wash the dishes for you.” “All right,” she agreed. Alyosha communicated with her in the room, I washed the dishes, when suddenly I heard a cry: “T-T-Tanya!” I think something happened, I run to them. “Now, I do not understand,” says Ranevskaya, “the ship, it’s so big and heavy, why does not it sink?” I say: “Well, Faina Georgievna, according to Archimedes’ law …” – “I had a deuce “. Then I brought a bowl of water from the kitchen, put the cup in there, demonstrating that the cup does not sink, because it has an ejection force acting on it. In response, Ranevskaya brought her pupils to her nose, representing complete misunderstanding. As the last argument I gave an example: “Faina Georgievna, you, when you enter the bath with water, the water level rises”. – “Of course, it rises, because I have a big and fat ass! Of course, she expressed herself more strongly. “And that’s why the ship does not sink ?!” She did not understand anything, but she liked this game very much.

Of course, Faina Georgievna was a provocateur. She always had a brandy drink in her fridge: whiskey, liqueur or rum. She herself did not drink, but slyly offered to my husband: “Lesik, drink a glass. Look, what a good snack, here, carbonate. It’s all impossible for me, I’ll at least see how you’ll eat. ” Lesch poured himself a glass. But as soon as he brought it to her mouth, Ranevskaya looked at me reproachfully and said: “Tanya, do you know that Alyoshin dad died of alcoholism?” Read more »

Faina Ranevskaya assured - Raikin brought her a full pot of money

Faina Ranevskaya

Lesha from the youth reconciled with her tutelage. Once, while still a student, he went to practice at Solovki. It seemed to him that this would be a romantic, almost heroic adventure full of difficulties. And what do you think, he came, and he was met there and lodged in a hotel in the suite room. Lesha was horrified, it turned out that Ranevskaya called someone and asked to arrange a “grandson”. Faina Georgievna constantly got him all sorts of vouchers, and after we were married, I also had to go on these vouchers to the sea, although I much more like our middle lane – grass, forest, green leaves, breeze. But no one asked us. Simply Faina Georgievna got us a ticket to Miskhor – and we went.

She was generous: she will give us a chandelier, then (after learning that I love indoor flowers), the copper antique console on the wall under the climbing plants. And once she gave Alesha a small Modigliani album … And the flour began, because Ranevskaya constantly called and said: “You know, Alyosha, a person will come to me, bring Modigliani urgently, I must show it.” And he submissively walked with this little book. After a while again, the call: “Alyosha, how can you live without Modigliani? He has been with me for a whole month, and you do not come for him! “Alyosha especially had no time to run back and forth, but Faina Georgievna missed her ersatz-grandson, and it was an excellent occasion to see him.

Another constant reason was food orders. Ranevskaya regularly sent them: boiled pork, carbonate, bananas – in short, every deficit. And Faina Georgievna thought up that Alyosha was very fond of bananas. Although he did not eat fruit at all. But whenever she had bananas, Ranevskaya called and said: “Lesik, come – eat bananas until the guests have eaten everything”. Lesha did not argue – he came, took the bananas and carried them to me. At the same time, as soon as he got out of her apartment, Ranevskaya immediately dialed our number and asked: “Has Lesik returned?” I said: “No, Faina Georgievna.” “I’m very worried why he has been away so long?” And so, while he was walking from Yuzhinsky Lane, where she lived then, to us at the 3rd Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street, we talked with her.

For some reason, she was more kind to me when we talked on the phone. Ranevskaya was interested in everything. And what flowers I like, and what books I read, and what our cats do. Once I told her that I had read Sartre’s novel The Words, and there is an episode about the dog cemetery. On one canine monument it was written: “You are better than me: you would not survive my death – I live.” Faina Georgievna, I retold this, because Ranevskaya herself expressed herself very much about dogs. She immediately asked me to read this book. A few days later, Lesha took her to Sartre. And when we went to her the next time, Ranevskaya said: “I’ve read such a wonderful book here, in vain, Tanechka, you read so little. There is such a wonderful writer, Sartre, I highly recommend it. “

A similar story happened later about Marina Neelova. Faina Georgievna calls again: “What are you doing, Tanya?” I say: “I watch the movie” Handsome man. ” “Lord, who can play Zoya there?” Now there are no actresses! “-” Well, why, here’s Neelova – an excellent actress. ” – “Yes?! And where does she play? “-” In the Contemporary. ” As it turned out later, Ranevskaya immediately called Sovremennik and invited Neelov to visit. Marina came and lost her play “Hurry Doing Good” for her alone. Ranevskaya simply fell in love with her. When we arrived, I saw that Faina Georgievna’s whole wall was hung with photographs of Marina. “Faina Georgievna, you said that you do not know Neelov.” “How can I not know Neyolov!” Yes it is, perhaps, the only worthy actress from the modern! “Read more»

Faina Ranevskaya

“Because he is my daughter”

Faina Georgievna experienced some kind of supernatural affection for her dog named Boy, just completely obeyed him. And the character of the dog was outstanding. Ranevskaya sometimes asked me to take a walk with him. The boy loved some of his routes and went only where he wanted. Very skillfully resisted, “sprouted” in the ground with all four paws, pulled his head, but his nose indicated the direction where he wants to go. He got to Ranevskaya already old, she picked him up on the street. Behind the Pushkin Theater on Malaya Bronnaya, where there was a deli, there used to be a wasteland where many stray dogs ran, but Faina chose this dog.

He was a keg on his paws with a thin, shabby tail and no one would have seemed handsome. But Ranevskaya persistently came to the wasteland, and the search began: “Where, where is my dog, I need to find it. Boy, Boy! “And when she found, she treated me to some cutlet. I remember a woman once said: “It is in vain you feed him, his hostess works in the dining room, this dog does not starve.” And soon we came to Faina Georgievna, and this dog sleeps in the front. Ranevskaya even devoted poems to him: “Boy, my dear, dear, he crawled to my house. He is with me day and night, because he is my daughter. “

The boy also had an “obligation”: the door to Ranevskaya’s apartment had never been locked, and he was lying at the entrance and barking at everyone entering, warning the hostess about the guests. He did not react only to me, I could safely enter, even stepping over him. Hearing the barking of the Boy, Faina Georgievna, who usually walked around the apartment in a male alcoholic vest and knees stretched out on her knees, managed to throw a flannel heavy lilac dressing gown.

Sometimes Ranevskaya asked her to be cooked – “buy meat for the Boy”. Cooking was on Gorky Street. At that time there were benches, painted in rainbow color. Faina said: “Oh, I’m tired, I need to sit.” I sat down on a bench and loudly released comments to passers-by. I jumped from her and pretended that I had nothing to do with it, but she did not let me disguise myself: “Tanya, just look at what an ass, how can you so tighten it ?!” Somehow one passer-by besieged her: “You are an elderly woman, you are not ashamed! “Faina Georgievna was very upset that she was called” elderly “, shamed and did not recognize her as a great actress.

For all her difficult nature, Ranevskaya had many friends, and her company always met on her birthday. The table was occupied by a certain Tamara – a fan and friend of Faina Georgievna, a Georgian. She came with pies, and brought them in boxes of different sizes, but the pies were always shaped exactly like a box, I do not know how it worked. Of puff pastry with cabbage, very tasty. And Ichka Savvin baked a turkey. In recent years, guests were Sergei Jursky and Natalya Tenyakova, Elena Kamburova, Anatoly Adoskin. I remember Rita Terekhova somehow fluttered. She entered swiftly, in something unusually beautiful, red, fluttering. Faina Georgievna rushed to the feet from the threshold and looked at her from the bottom up with adoring eyes all evening. Read more “

Faina Ranevskaya with Orlova’s Love

Sometimes there was a neighbor on the high-rise – Galina Ulanova. Even against the background of the refined guests of Ranevskaya she looked like an alien creature. In Ulanova everything was perfect: both a haircut, and hands, and a manicure, and a figure, and a pose at the table. I remember one of her dress in Chinese style of dense silk apricot color with embroidered chrysanthemums. Against the background of us all, Ulanova looked as if she was not real, but cut out of a magazine. It did not work well with the stories I heard about her from my mother-in-law. Irina Sergeevna said that Ulanova was so stingy that during the war she had a whole box of chocolate rotted. But my mother-in-law had reasons not to like Ulanova, because her husband, the director of the Mossovet Theater, Yury Zavadsky, had left to Irina Sergeyevna. By the way, when Zavadsky went to the Bolshoi Theater to look at Ulanova, Faina Georgievna joked: “Again he went to the weeping.” Arriving on the next day at the Mossovet Theater, Yuri Alexandrovich, delighted with the talent of a ballerina, began to quote Pushkin: “How firmly in his role entered …”, and in his eyes there were tears of emotion.

All these apt words of Ranevskaya, her taunts, tricks and whims, fictions and skits that she played out-all this was so unexpected, original, it was so interesting to watch … But one day we had to part with Faina Georgievna. Two years before her departure, Alexei and I left for work in Afghanistan. Communication with the great actress turned into an epistolary genre. In one of the last letters she wrote, referring to Alyosha: “More and more I yearn for you. I think everything, remembering with what love the little one was carrying, over the years, love began to grow and turned into a huge affection. After all, you now have one favorite … “

Over time, I realized that we did not accidentally meet her on Tverskoy Boulevard, when on Saturdays they returned from the Union of Architects. It was not in the air, which is better than in the Swiss Alps. Most likely, she specifically waited for us. Because, in fact, I was very lonely. We were her and a grateful audience, and interlocutors, and younger relatives …

Faina Ranevskaya assured - Raikin brought her a full pot of money

Faina Ranevskaya

In fact, Olga was no different in any painfulness (this, rather, I was always sick with something). But that’s how Faina Georgievna wanted to think. Shortly before that, someone gave Ranevskaya fur coat, once owned by Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva. And so, having decided that Olya was freezing in her fashionable short sheepskin coat, Ranevskaya regretted “a cold child who is cold in the winter”, and gave her this coat. The fur coat was made of sand-colored plucked nutria, quite old, sprawling. It was impossible to wear it, it was also not subject to restoration. Our neighbor, who worked in the atelier of hats, then made hats from her.

Now some people tell about Ranevskaya that she was somehow fatally not pretty. This myth is largely created by herself, regarding her appearance is excessively critical. Faina told how she desperately envied the performer of the main role, the beautiful Galina Sergeyeva, on the set of “Pyshki”, around which the men just kept coming. And she dedicated one of her aphorisms to her: “Do not have a hundred rubles, but have two breasts.” At the very Ranevskaya women’s fate did not work out, and she explained it with her appearance. She said: “I fell in love, of course, but I was always changed to women with small noses. It seems like already a novel, already love, and then – again, there is a rival with a small nose, and I immediately push aside. “

Actually Faina Georgievna knew how to look like a king. When I first saw her, I was amazed, first, that she was so tall, straight, with white, sleek, young hands, and then she was 75 years old! Secondly, she had a long aristocratic neck and very beautiful thick hair, they lay a refined high wave – I have never seen such a hairstyle. Ranevskaya’s appearance was regal. And thirdly, she dressed well: I remember she had a wonderful suit of crepe-satin – a skirt and a cardigan of a shade of blue ink, itself – matte, and a collar and lapel sleeves satin. The combination of her silvery hair with this dark blue suit looked great. She always wore one ring – with a scattering of small diamonds on a flat base. According to Faina Georgievna herself, it was made from an old button, which was unearthed by the husband of her sister Bella – a geologist.

I also liked to dress nicely, and Ranevskaya did not approve of this. She had a false idea that our entire family budget was spent on my outfits, and this was discussed every time. It was useless to argue. Although in fact, I sewed a lot for myself. Lesche we also sewed suits for tailors, because he had a non-standard figure. He went to the Yugoslav coat, which he brought Irina. Ranevskaya always said this to me: “Tanechka, you are dressed like a millionaire. And Lesik’s cold … “Then followed a strong word, signifying male dignity. It was meant that his sheepskin coat was short, and my coat was long.

Seeing Raikin in a dream, she broke her arm

We saw each other quite often. And not only at Ranevskaya’s house. On Saturdays, Alyosha and I usually went to the Union of Architects (we are both designers), and when we returned home on the Tverskoy Boulevard in the evening, we sometimes met her, Faina Georgievna was walking there. Her friend Nina Sukhotskaya, Alice Koenen’s niece, assured me that there was better air on Tverskoi Boulevard than in the Swiss Alps, that’s why they liked to walk there with their dogs. Then we saw her home …

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