8 january, 1920
Leyla Aghalar gizi Badirbeyli and Leyla Badirbeyova – (after marriage – Javanshirova; Azerbaijani: Leyla Ağalar qızı Bədirbəyli (Cavanşirova); (1920–1999), Soviet and Azerbaijani actress of theatre and cinema, People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR (1959), laureate of the State Stalin Prize of the second degree (1946), member of the CPSU from 1945.
Leyla Javanshirova was born on January 8, 1920, in Baku, in the family of Aghalar Badirbeyov, from the generation of Shamkir beys. In 1936, she became the soloist of the Song and Dance Ensemble of Azerbaijan, where she worked up until 1942. In 1942, on guidance of the Azerbaijan State Drama Theatre, named after Meshadi Azizbeyov’s invitation, she began to perform on the stage of this theatre. Later she narrated:
“Theatre is related to me with the names of such coryphaeus as Mehdi Mammadov, Adil Isgenderov, Aliheydar Alakbarov. My activity in cinema and theatre was in wartime, but in spite of that, these years were very productive in the world of arts and also for me…”
In 1945, Bedirbeyli played Gulchohra’s part from “Arshin mal alan” musical comedy. Henceforth she played memorable roles in such films as “Fatali khan”, “Meeting”, “Shadows are crawling”, “Her great heart”, “Koroghlu”, “Indomitable Kura”, “Sevil”, “Boys of our street”, “One fine day”, “Dervish is blowing up Paris” etc. In 1951, Leyla Badirbeyli graduated from Azerbaijan State Theatrical Institute named after M.A.Aliyev.
The actress died on November 23, 1999.