Azniv Hrachya – Ազնիվ Հրաչյա (1853-1920)
Azniv Hrachya (real name, Minasyan) was born in Constantinople, where she took her first steps in theater in 1869 at the Eastern theater. She first acted in armenian historical plays, then in Italian and french melodramas. In 1883 she abandoned the stage and came back in 1893 to play in the Armenian theaters of Tbilisi and Baku. She is one of the representatives of classical realism in armenian theater. In 1909, she published her memoirs about her life as an actress. She died in 1920, due to a serious illness.
She was often compared to Elonora Duse, the italian actress.
Source: Armenian Encyclopedia, book II.