Maya Menglet as the animal technician Tonya Glechikova. Photo: Frame from the film “It was in Penkovo” (1957)
Maya Menglet died at her Melbourne home. She lived in Australia for 20 years. She spent the last days of her life surrounded by loved ones, children and grandchildren.
Actress Maya Menglet is associated primarily with the film by Stanislav Rostotsky “It was in Penkovo”, where she played the young cattle specialist Tonya Glechikova, with whom the tractor driver and the first village boy Matvey Morozov, played by the handsome Vyacheslav Tikhonov. , fell in love.
After the release of the film on the screens, 22-year-old Menglet woke up famous. It seemed that his film career would turn out brilliant, but in the end, in his entire creative life, he starred in about two dozen films that could not repeat the success of the film “It was in Penkovo.” Menglet worked at the Moscow Theater. Stanislavsky, served in it for more than 40 years. And suddenly, in the early 2000s, she broke down and went with her husband, People’s Artist Leonid Satanovsky, to Australia. Her departure was spontaneous.
As Maya Georgievna later admitted, in 2002 she and her husband had to leave the theater because they were betrayed by colleagues, including best friends. Two seasons – from 2001 to 2003. – The theater was headed by director Semyon Spivak, who, among other things, staged the blockbuster comedy “Male gender, singular” that thundered throughout Moscow. This performance corresponded to the “trends of the time”: for example, in “Male gender …” People’s Artist Vladimir Korenev (the famous Ichthyander from “The Amphibian Man”) played … a transvestite. Not all artists of the older generation understood such direction finds. When Leonid Satanovsky, Maya Menglet’s husband, fell ill, Semyon Spivak immediately found a replacement for him, removed him from office without warning. As a devoted wife, Maya Georgievna, offended by her husband, ran to find out what was the matter, to which the director of the theater told her: “If you don’t like it, go away!” About courage, she and her husband wrote a statement. And they went to the children in Australia. Maya Menglet’s eldest son Alexei moved to kangaroo country in the early 1980s. In Melbourne, he worked at Russian radio. He tried to make an acting career. The youngest son, Dmitry, is a doctor of sciences, a chemist, emigrated to Australia in the 1990s. Menglet-Satanovsky moved in with her children and grandchildren, although they were not leaving Russia forever. The first time she was very boring. We hoped to return.
It was difficult to adapt abroad, they did not know English, there was no work. But little by little life got better. They have a separate apartment in Melbourne. They no longer needed money. They were invited by the First Russian Drama Theater of Canada and there they performed the entire classical repertoire. They performed at the Gesher Theater in Israel, as long as the force allowed. But with age, it became more difficult to carry out long-distance flights. In 2015, Leonid Satanovsky died, with whom Maya Menglet lived for more than 50 years. She survived her husband by 8 years…