Elisabed Cherkezishvili

1863-1948 / actress

Elisabed entered the Tbilisi theatre troupe in 1886. Among her most popular roles were Khanuma ("Khanuma"), Elisabeth ("First they Died, then They Wed"), Tasia ("Fate, the Betrayer"), Isakhari ("Betrayal"), Ana Andreevna ("The Government Inspector"), and Maia ("The Little Kakhetian").

After the Bolshevik takeover of Georgia, Elisabed worked at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre (19921-24), the Kutaisi Theatre (1924-25), and the Kote Marjanishvili Theatre (1930-48).

In 1920-40 Elisabed played a number of memorable roles in Georgian film, including the mother from "Arsena Jorjiashvili", Jupana ("Who  is to Blame?"), Khanuma ("Khanuma"), the mother from "Two Hunters", Kneina ("Revolt in Guria"), the Tatar woman in "Meeting", the matchmaker from "Zhuzhuna's Dowry", the collective farmer from "Girl from the other Side", and Makari's mother from "Keto and Kote".