Tamara Degtyaryova

Tamara Vasilyevna Degtyaryova (Russian: Тамара Васильевна Дегтярёва; 29 May 1944 – 9 August 2018) was a Russian stage, television and film actress.[1][2] In 1979 she received the State Prize of the USSR for her role in the television series Eternal Call.[3][4] In 2005 she was made a People's Artist of Russia.[4]


Degtyaryova was born in Kaliningrad (present-day Korolyov, Moscow Oblast), in 1944.[5] Her parents were factory workers and as Degtyaryova was ill as a child, her mother stopped work to look after her.[2]

She graduated from the State Institute of Theatrical Art, Moscow, in 1965 and performed with the Moscow Youth Theatre from 1965 to 1970.[6] In 1970 she was invited to join the Sovremennik Theater, and played over 30 roles at the theatre during her career.[7] She performed in plays including Three Sisters (in the role of Anifisa), Pygmalion (in the role of Mrs Pearce) and Twelfth Night (in the role of Olivia).[7] In later years she occasionally appeared at other theatres, including a production of The Cherry Orchard at the Anton Chekhov Theatre in 1990, and the play Gadina at the New Drama Theatre in 1999.[6]

Degtyaryova also appeared in films and television series, including Light in the Window (1980), Nikolai Vavilov (1990), Seeking a Man and Cool Route.[8] Her most well-known role was as Agatha Savelieva in Eternal Call, a long-running Russian television drama series.[2]

Degtyaryova taught acting in a number of educational institutions in Russia including Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts.[5]

In November 2012 Degtyaryova had a leg amputated due to an untreated infection, and she spent the next two years convalescing.[2] She then returned to perform on stage with the use of a wheelchair, including the role of Evdokia in the play Women's Time.[1][3]

Degtyaryova died in Moscow on 9 August 2018 at the age of 74.[8][9]