Kryuchkova was born on June 22, 1950 in Chisinau (Moldova). Her father was from Belarus (he served as an investigator in the MGB, had the rank of major), her mother was a pomorie from Arkhangelsk. According to the actress, as a child, no one cared about her. Therefore, she learned to make decisions herself.
“I did not dream of being an actress, but I felt that I must have some special, unusual destiny …”
After graduating from school in 1967, Kryuchkova went to Moscow to enroll in a philologist. However, she happened to be near the Shchepkin Theater School and decided to tempt fate. However, the competition there was huge (400 people per seat), and although Kryuchkova successfully completed three rounds, she could not enter.