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Georgiy Daneliya

Georgiy Daneliya Bio, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Net Worth

Georgiy Daneliya Wiki

Georgiy Daneliya, also known as Giya Daneliya, was a Soviet and Russian film director and screenwriter. He was named a People’s Artist of the USSR in 1989.

Born: August 25, 1930, Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: April 4, 2019
Spouse: Galina Yurkova (m. 1984), Lyubov Sokolova (m. 1957–1984), Irina Ginsburg (m. 1951–1956)
Children: Nikolai Daneliya, Svetlana Daneliya
Nationality: Georgian, Russian

Georgiy Daneliya Bio

Georgiy Daneliya was born on 25 April 1930 and died on 4 April 2019. He has died at the age of 88.

Georgiy Daneliya was born in Tbilisi into a Georgian family. His father Nikolai Dmitrievich Danelia (1902–1981) came from peasants.

He moved to Moscow following the October Revolution, finished the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering and joined Mosmetrostroy where he spent the rest of his life working as an engineer and a manager at different levels.

Georgiy’s mother Maria Ivlianovna Anjaparidze (1905–1980) belonged to a noble Anjaparidze family known since the 13th century and recognized by the Russian Empire in 1880.

She worked as a film director, a second unit director and an assistant director at the Tbilisi Film Studio and Mosfilm. Her sister (Daneliya’s aunt) Veriko Anjaparidze was a popular Georgian stage and cinema actress who was married to Mikheil Chiaureli, a prominent Soviet film director. Their daughter Sofiko Chiaureli was also a famous actress who later starred in Daneliya’s comedy Don’t Grieve along with her mother.

In a year after Daneliya’s birth his family moved to Moscow where he grew up and entered the primary school. By the time the Great Patriotic War started he and his mother were staying at their relatives in Tbilisi where they spent the next two years.

His father was sent to the front line to build underground command and control centers. He didn’t take part in battles, but was still awarded the rank of major general for his work. In 1943 the family reunited back in Moscow.

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Wife, Children Personal LIfe

Daneliya was officially married two times. His first wife (1951–1956) was Irina Ginzburg, a lawyer, daughter of a high-ranking Soviet official Semyon Ginzburg, at the time a Deputy Minister of Oil Industry of the USSR.

They had a daughter Svetlana Daneliya who also became a lawyer. Between 1957 and 1984 Daneliya lived in a civil union with an acclaimed Russian actress Lyubov Sergeyevna Sokolova who appeared in a number of his movies. They had a son Nikolai Sokolov-Daneliya (1959–1985), a film director and a poet who died at the age of 26 following an “accident”.

Some claimed it was a drug overdose. Shortly before his death Daneliya left the family for Galina Ivanovna Yurkova (born 1944), a film director and his regular collaborator since then. He adopted her son Kirill (born 1968) and gave him his surname; Kirill became an artist. Daneliya has six grandchildren.

In 1980 Georgiy Daneliya survived a clinical death after being diagnosed with peritonitis and spent a year in hospital. Today he rarely leaves his apartment. According to his wife Galina Yurkova-Daneliya, he has been suffering from a progressing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for many years.

Death Cause

Georgy Daneliya, one of the most popular Soviet-era film directors, has died at the age of 88 in Moscow, his relatives said on April 4.


As director

  • Vasisuali Lohankin (Vasisualei Lochanin) (1958); short
  • Also People (1959); short
  • Splendid Days (Серёжа) (1960); co-directed with Igor Talankin
  • The Road to Berth (Path to the Pier) (1962)
  • Walking the Streets of Moscow (I walk across Moscow) (1963)
  • Thirty Three (Thirty three) (1965)
  • Don’t Grieve (Do not Cry!) (1969)
  • Hopelessly Lost (Completely Lost) (1972)
  • Afonya (Aphonia) (1975)
  • Baby (Мимино) (1977)
  • Autumn Marathon (Autumn Marathon) (1979)
  • Tears Were Falling (Sword cover) (1982)
  • Kin-dza-dza! (Kin-Dza-Dza!) (1986)
  • Passport (Passport) (1990)
  • Nastya (Nastya) (1993)
  • Heads and Tails (Орёл и Решка) (1995)
  • Fortune (Fortune) (2000)
  • Ku! Kin-dza-dza! (Ku! Kin-dza-dza) (2013)

As screenwriter

  • 1972 – Gentlemen of Fortune (Gentlemen of Fortune); with Viktoriya Tokareva
  • 1988 – Frenchman (Француз); with Sergei Bodrov
  • 1988 – Hello from Charlie the Trumpet player (Hello from Charlie Trubacha); with Sergei Dernov

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