Lyudmila Abramova second wife of Vysotsky. Vladimir Vysotsky was married three times. And each of his wives has a certain status: Iza Vysotskaya – first wife, Marina Vlady – widow. And Lyudmila Abramova – usually just the mother of his sons. In fact, only she, Lyudmila Abramova is a real close friend of Vladimir, the keeper of his legacy, ‘Bereginya’, according to the ancient Russian tradition. Lyudmila Abramova is an outstanding person, deeply erudite, sensitive to life. She married him because shortly before the meeting she swore, under some tragic circumstances, she would marry anyone who first asks for her hand. He married her because he has not seen such a beautiful, brave and generous woman.
They met in 1961 while filming the movie “713th requests landing” in Leningrad. They met mysteriously. Seeing bloody, in torn shirt stranger for the first time, Lyudmila without hesitation, gave him her grandmother’s gold ring with amethyst – in payment for the debt at the restaurant (for the fight and broken crockery). Later, he certainly showed up in her room with a guitar to thank her. He sang his songs, and made a proposal “Marry me!” – and she agreed.
“And we exchanged names only in the morning, when I found out that we both need to run to work. We rushed to the same tram, silently reached the same stop, entered the same gates of “Lenfilm”, went up the same floor and entered the same crew. Such a meeting was a fate.
They returned to Moscow and never parted. She, of course, was reported that Vysotsky was married to actress Iza Zhukova, who worked on the periphery at that time. But it did not matter anything to her. Because Vladimir Vysotsky loved her, and wanted to be only with her.
Lyudmila will no longer be an actress – her whole life had been devoted to him and the children. A year later, in a family of Vladimir and Lyudmila was born their son Arkady. He then will become a writer and screenwriter, taking from his father that line talent. And in 1964 was born the second son, Nikita, actor and director, who also received creative piece of paternal inheritance. And he will work in the thater where his father worked – Taganka. He will be the director of the Cultural Center – Museum of Vladimir Vysotsky. A guided tour of this museum will be led by Lyudmila Abramova herself.
Seven years, seven, perhaps, the most difficult and the most creatively fruitful years he had with his wife. And love, and poverty, and budding fame and terrible fatal passion – a disease curse – all in her memory. “He did drink, drank terribly, and in his youth he felt that he could stop. And at the end of the 1965 year with the help of friends and family he did it. And then, started again hating himself for that weakness. But in the years most stunning songs were born – “Cassandra” and “Big Karetny” and “Penal battalions”. He only didn’t dedicate any song to her. There is only one line about her: “Your eyes are like a knife … “.
Vysotsky and Lyudmila Abramova lived happily, and had plenty of friends, good and faithful. It was not just a family relationship, but also spiritual. Answering on “Your idea of happiness” question, Vysotsky said, “Happiness – is a journey, this journey may be another person’s soul, a journey into the world of a writer or a poet … not by your own, but with a person you love”. She had read aloud for him – Solzhenitsyn, Lem, Strugatsky brothers. No coincidence their firstborn they named Arkady, in honor of the beloved science fiction writer. They were like-minded people, not just husband and wife. She understood and supported him, she fell in love with him before he became famous.
Of course, he had affairs – he attracted many women with his terrific energy. In the fateful July 67th, he met Marina Vlady. This their first meeting in the press bar MIFF is remembered by many witnesses and friends. And Lyudmila felt something only when Volodya returned in the morning. Then began telephone calls to Paris, poetry and secret meetings.
In the autumn of 1968 Lyudmila with the children went away from her husband. In the early months, when she learned the details of the romance of Vladimir Vysotsky, she erupted jealousy and even anger. It was unbearably painful and unpleasant even to see his contact with children. But when she heard news that something happened to Volodya, whether it was a car accident, or some other trouble, all shallow and vain disappeared without a trace. She admits that she was ready to give everything, so that he just did not suffer physically.
Abramova Lyudmila Vladimirovna, Russian actress. Born 16 August 1939. In 1963 she graduated from the State Institute of Cinematography. She made her debut as a film actress in the film “713th requests landing” (1962). Starred in “Eastern Corridor” (1967), “Do not I live without you, Juste” (1969). From 1961 to 1968 – the wife of Vladimir Vysotsky, the mother of their two sons – Arkady and Nikita. She worked as the artistic director of the Directorate for a museum of Vladimir Vysotsky.