Anna Samokhina, actress
Anna Samokhina was one of the most beautiful actresses of Russian cinema, television presenter and singer.
Anna was born on January 14, 1963 in Gurevsk, Kemerovo region. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Cherepovets. When Anna was 7 years old her father died and her mother had to raise Anna and her elder sister Margarita alone. At fourteen, Anna joined Cherepovets folk theater, and in 1978 15-year-old girl entered Yaroslavl Theatre School.
In 1983, Samokhina debuted in a cameo role in the movie Found Guilty directed by Igor Voznesensky.
In 1987, Anna played the lead female role in the film The Prisoner of Castle If directed by Georgy Jungvald-Khilkevich, based on the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This film role was very successful and in 1988 the actress was invited to star in the film Thieves in Law directed by Yuri Kara.
In 1989, the actress joined the Lenin Komsomol Theater in Leningrad.
In the early 1990s, Samokhina played dozens of roles in films of different genres – comedies, mysteries, thrillers, historical films.
At the end of 1990s, she stopped working in cinema, focusing primarily on her private life and restaurant business.
In 1999, she appeared in the TV series Streets of Broken Lamps.
In 2001 Anna played the role of hereditary witch in the TV series Black Raven.
In 2003 Samokhina performed in the play Josephine and Napoleon (about Napoleon’s years on St. Helena and a simple peasant woman).
In November 2009, Anna was diagnosed with stomach cancer at a late stage. Until 1 February 2010, Russian press and many actors did not know that her illness was very serious. On February 8, 2010 Samokhina died in a hospital. She was only 48 years old. On February 10, 2010 the actress was buried at the Smolensk cemetery in St. Petersburg.
In 1979 Anna married her classmate Alexander Samokhin. After graduation in 1982, they joined the Theatre for Young Audience in Rostov-on-Don. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1994.
Anna’s daughter Alexandra was born in 1983. In 2004 Alexandra graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. The daughter looks a lot like her mother.
In 1994, Samokhina married businessman Dmitry Konorov, the owner of a cafe in St. Petersburg. Seven years later they parted.
For two years (2004-2006) Samokhina lived together with Evgeni Fedorov.
The actress also had love affairs with actor Arnis Licitis and TV presenter Dmitry Nagiev.