At the age of 17, she joined the Petrograd Goznak as a sorter. Two years later, without education, she was accepted by the actress at the Petrograd Bolshoi Drama Theater, and then moved to work in the Petrograd People’s House. In 1924 she moved to Moscow and entered the Hermitage Theater, and then for 16 years connected her fate with the Satire Theater, where she replayed many roles. Later, after leaving this theater, she worked for several years, first at the Operetta Theater, and then at the Moscow Drama and Comedy Theater. She starred in a movie for the first time in 1939, in the episodic role of a spectator in the circus in the film "High Award". Later, the actress created an unforgettable gallery of grumpy aunts and old women in a number of famous films of the 1950-60s.