Tatyana Mikhalkova: “Nikita is domineering, and I am a slave of love”

October 21, the famous director Nikita Mikhalkov celebrates his birthday. And we remember the story of his love with his wife Tatiana, with whom he has been married for 45 years!

He called me a chick

“We met Nikita in the year 71 in the House of Cinema at the premiere of Rolan Bykov's The Telegram,” says Tatyana Mikhalkova. - I then worked as a fashion model in the All-Union Model House, and we held a show there. I was introduced by Vivian, the wife of Andron (director Nikita Mikhalkov’s elder, director Andrei Konchalovsky was married to Frenchwoman Vivian Godet. - Approx. Antennas). It must be said that in those years Andron was popular, he had already taken down the Noble Nest, he was considered a serious artist, and Nikita was a young student, finished VGIK, invited me to watch his term paper. He was known only for his excellent role in the film “I am walking around Moscow”.But such energy, charm, confidence came from him, and also these mustaches and the smell of patchouli. I died immediately, flew behind him like a moth on fire ...

Photo: personal archive family Mikhalkov

- I was then 24 years old, I was a blank sheet of paper on which to write everything. And Nikita already lived with ideas, he dreamed of shooting. I felt that I had met a real man.He beautifully courted, came to my shows, met with his parents. Nikita then with Pasha Lebeshev, Sasha Adabashyan, Eduard Artemyev began work on the painting “His among strangers, a stranger among his”. They were about to shoot, but then he was taken to the army in the Far East. His letters from there, in which he called me a little bird, I still keep. They are as serious as script applications. Nikita advised me to read Chekhov, Bunin "Sunstroke", Herzen "Past and Thoughts." I graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages, was more interested in English literature then, loved Faulkner, translated a lot, my mother instilled an interest in historians and philosophers, but under the influence of Nikita I became more interested in Russian classics.

When he went into the army, I guessed: if we are destined to meet, it will happen. Although everything seemed to be not in our favor. I was sent from Czechoslovakia for six months from the Model House, letters did not reach there, I could not call him, but when I returned, I moved to another place, on Vernadsky Avenue.I didn’t know that Nikita would serve ahead of time, only a year had passed, and I didn’t wait for his appearance. And he and Sergei Solovyov went to look for me in the winter, in a blizzard, not knowing the exact address, just the street. Wandered between the same houses of the sleeping area and knocked into the first apartment. To the question: “Do you know where the model lives here?”, They were told that there were two sights: a black man and a model, and they showed me my apartment. Imagine how surprised I was when I opened the door and saw Nikita!I remember how we then walked around the House of Cinema, celebrated his return, Nikita in uniform, all young and funny. Here he later made me an offer. Everything was beautiful, our close friends were present.I, of course, was long conquered by Nikita and agreed.

Tatyana Mikhalkova during her work as a fashion model
Photo: personal archive family Mikhalkov
Tatyana Mikhalkova during her work as a fashion model
Photo: personal archive family Mikhalkov
Tatyana Mikhalkova during her work as a fashion model
Photo: personal archive family Mikhalkov

And then the film crew "His among strangers" went to the shooting in Grozny.When Nikita offered to go with him, I didn’t even know where this Terrible was, what the shooting was all about: my brother is a screenwriter, but I was so far from the world of cinema. And, all the more, I didn’t suppose that we would play a wedding there, I didn’t have a white dress either, I got married in a floral outfit from designer Gagarina, which I took with me. I remember how in a kaleidoscope: they went to the registry office on the Zil cameraman, Pasha Lebeshev — a witness, Marina, Sasha Adabashyan’s first wife — a witness, walked around with the whole group, sturgeons were caught and prepared there.We had simple rings, copper, I also store them, much later, Nikita bought gold.

“Own among strangers” - the only picture of Nikita, in which I starred in one of the episodes. I have never aspired to this profession, because living other people's lives, emotions is a great skill. Although in my youth I lived in front of Mosfilm, I went there for closed views, but I did not dream of any artists or roles, the world of cinema seemed extraordinary to me, but not mine.

Extinguished herself, understood for what

- I entered the house of Mikhalkovs - Konchalovsky and accepted their way of life, the rules. Nikita immediately said that he had a job in the first place, friends, then everything else.And I agreed. In our family it was like in the Scripture: let the wife submit to her husband. She understood that he was not one of those fathers from whom you can demand: today you are with children, tomorrow I, or your turn to go to school. Hikita never went to meetings, did not delve into school. But it’s valuable to me: when the children were small, and I was afraid to bathe them, he did it himself - he would carry buckets of water and warm them.For me, the memories of the evenings, when Nikita read aloud to children under the lampshade of Chekhov, Tolstoy, or scripts, are dear to me.

Photo: personal archive family Mikhalkov

- I entered the house of Mikhalkovs - Konchalovsky and accepted their way of life, the rules. Nikita immediately said that he had a job in the first place, friends, then everything else. And I agreed. In our family it was like in the Scripture: let the wife submit to her husband. She understood that he was not one of those fathers from whom you can demand: today you are with children, tomorrow I, or your turn to go to school.Nikita never went to meetings, did not delve into school. But it’s valuable to me: when the children were small, and I was afraid to bathe them, he did it himself - and he carried buckets of water and warmed. For me, the memories of the evenings, when Nikita read aloud to children under the lampshade of Chekhov, Tolstoy, or scripts, are dear to me.



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