Tatyana Samoilova , the star of the 1957 Soviet film ‘The Cranes Are Flying’, has died aged 80.
Reports citing the Russian News Agency indicate she was hospitalised on her birthday.

The film received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958, with Samoilova’s performance receiving a ‘Special Mention’ recognition.  It is still the last Russian film to receive Cannes highest award.

Tatyana also appeared in ‘Anna Karenina’ (1967) and ‘The Unsent Letter’ (1959).  She received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.