In the second half of 1979, a rumor spread throughout the country that popular singer Alla Pugacheva had committed suicide or attempted suicide. These gossip, of course, appeared for a reason. In order to appease the singer's fans, a note appeared in one of the Soviet editions, saying that Pugacheva is alive and well, just decided to take some time off.
Cancellation of concerts
At the end of 70's, Alla Pugacheva just started her solo career, but success came to the singer almost immediately, writes Clever. Then the song "Harlequin" in her performance became a real hit. The singer gave one concert after another, invariably collecting notices. So on Pugacheva's 3 performances, scheduled for the last days of July 1979, at the October cinema and concert hall on Novy Arbat, tickets flew almost instantly.
What was the disappointment of the public, when the concerts of Alla Pugacheva in "October" suddenly canceled. The cinema administration announced that tickets can be returned. However, the audience is not reassured. The fact is that what happened has only strengthened the rumors that have already begun to circulate among the people before that. Many believed that the cancellation of concerts once again proved the fact that Pugacheva committed suicide or, at least, tried to do it. Famous journalist and biographer Fyodor Razzakov mentions such gossip in his book The Scandals of the Soviet Era.
"The Woman Who Sings"
Rumors were triggered by critics and articles in the press dedicated to the work of Alla Pugacheva. Shortly before the canceled concerts in "October", Alexander Orlov's film "The Woman Who Sings" came out on Soviet screens, in which Pugacheva performed a central role. It is noteworthy that at first Alla Borisovna was generally forbidden to participate in the film. The fact is that the head of the propaganda department of the Central Committee of the CPSU, Pugacheva and her songs could not bear it. In addition, not yet started shooting, the singer said that in the frame everything will do as she wants. Therefore, the director of Mosfilm also joined the Central Committee employee. However, the best candidate for the role of the main character Anna Streltsova was not found. So I had to “be content” with the wayward Pugacheva.
Due to the conflict, the vocalists with the management or for some other, but after the premiere of the tape, critics almost unanimously declared that the film did not deserve any attention. "The woman who sings" was called "vulgarity" and "concession to unintelligible mass tastes." Yes, and the very Pugacheva experts recorded a very mediocre actress.
Articles in the press
They attacked Pugachev and the newsmen. So in the authoritative edition, published in the Union since the 1956 of the year, “Soviet Russia”, a note by the journalist Perov appeared. The one in the article titled “Is It All to Forgive?”, After his colleagues, accused Alla Borisovna of inappropriate behavior on stage. If you remember how at that time other artists, who did not even move, behaved in front of the audience, then the performances of Pugacheva could really seem like the height of indecency. Perov called on the singer to forget about “self-indulgence" and to recall the "human dignity" and "the authority of the artist."
This note was printed in “Soviet Russia” at the beginning of July 1979, and at the end of the month, Pugacheva’s concerts in the “October” hall were canceled. It is clear that the fans got worried: it seemed to them that after Perov's article (as well as after criticizing a musical film), Alla Borisovna could well decide on the most desperate step, in particular, try to commit suicide. Other reasons for not going on stage were not found by admirers of Pugacheva’s talent.
Fyodor Razzakov believes that precisely because of the stability of similar conjectures of 27 in July, a newspaper appeared in the newspaper Sovetskaya Kultura with a question allegedly from a reader of the publication. She asked where Pugachev disappeared, and reminded that the singer’s performance on “October” did not take place. The staff of the publication reassured the woman, assuring her that Alla Borisovna was just on vacation. Razzakov believes that this text was printed solely in order to finally eradicate the mass rumors about the actress suicide.