“I don’t understand why the audience fell in love with me? In Pyshka I have a small role, in Hot Days I am nobody, in The Last Night and in Alexandra Parkhomenko I am rubbish – I was cast in negative roles, because in the Soviet positive heroine there should not be sex, ”- the actress talked about her career in her memoirs Tatyana’s Day.
Nevertheless, the artist really had a lot of fans, even Lavrenty Beria was among them. This was the problem: Okunevskaya claimed that she was harassed by the People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of the USSR, and after he was refused, the star’s life went downhill. But was this really the case?
It is important that Okunevskaya’s first student marriage quickly fell apart due to the assault and jealousy of her husband, but the actress cheated on her second husband, winner of two Stalin Prizes Boris Gorbatov. Considering that diplomats and ambassadors were on the list of suitors, Tatiana could well have been reported for ties with foreigners. Hence the version that Beria himself complained about the star, or the Minister of State Security Viktor Abakumov, whom she harshly rejected. Another reason could be the provocative toasts of the artist, where she cursed the Soviet government.