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Margarita Levieva, American actress

Margarita Levieva
Margarita Levieva is an American actress from the USSR. She starred in the films “The Invisible”, “Adventureland” and “Spread”. She is also a star of the TV series “Revenge”.
Margarita (or Rita) was born on February 9, 1980 in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation).
Margarita was engaged in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of three. She was even included in the Russian Olympic team.
When the girl was 10 years old her mother and father divorced. The following year Margarita, her twin brother and mother emigrated to the United States. They settled in Brooklyn, New York, near Sheepshead Bay, home to many emigrants from the former USSR. Levieva had to quit her professional sports career.
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Yekaterina Golubeva, French film star from Russia

Yekaterina Golubeva, French film star from Russia

Yekaterina Golubeva, French film star from Russia


Yekaterina Golubeva was a European actress of Russian origin, Sarunas Bartas and Leos Carax’s muse. She starred in Russia, Lithuania, and France.
Yekaterina was born on October 9, 1966 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She studied at the Institute of Cinematography.
In 1991 the actress starred in the music video for Andrei Makarevich’s song.
In the late 1980s Yekaterina married Lithuanian film director Sarunas Bartas. After his movie Three Days (1992) the actress was invited to France, where she appeared in the film I Cannot Sleep (1994). Golubeva starred in her husband’s films – Corridor (1995) and We Are The Few (1996), and then they divorced.
In France Katya became Leo Carax’s close friend and muse, starred in his film Pola X (1999).
In 2006, she played a lead role in the film 977 by Nicholas Khomeriki.
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Tatiana Golovin, French tennis player

Tatiana Golovin, French tennis player

Tatiana Golovin, French tennis player


Tatiana Golovin is an inactive French professional tennis player.
Tatiana was born on January 25, 1988 in Moscow. Her parents moved to France when she was only 8 months.
She is best known for her explosive forehand, which was said to be one of the best at the time. She notably won the 2004 French Open mixed doubles event with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinal at the 2006 U.S. Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. The 24-year-old’s highest singles ranking to date is 12. However, just as she began experiencing success, in 2008, she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.
Golovin spent six years at Nick Bollettieri’s tennis camp in Bradenton, Florida. She is currently coached by former World No. 1 Mats Wilander, having previously been coached by Brad Gilbert and Dean Goldfine.
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Mylene Demongeot, French actress with Russian roots

Mylene Demongeot
Mylene Demongeot is a French actress, who has appeared in 72 films since 1953, including such classics as “The Three Musketeers” and the Fantomas trilogy.
She is one of the blond sex symbols of French cinema during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
The actress was born on September 29, 1935 in Nice, Southern France. Her father, an economist, Alfred Demongeot, was from Italy and her mother Klaudia Trubnikova, was a Russian-Ukrainian emigre from Kharkov. Her parents met in Shanghai, China, and then moved to Nice.
Mylene was able to use Russian and French, but eventually switched to French.
“I do not know Russian. But after all, this is my real mother tongue, the language of my family…”
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Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss top model from Russia

Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss top model from Russia

Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss top model from Russia

Xenia Tchoumitcheva is a Swiss model, actress and TV host, popular blogger and entrepreneur.
Xenia was born on August 5, 1987 in Magnitogorsk, Russia. When the girl was 6 years old her family moved to Switzerland.
Tchoumitcheva entered the national Miss Switzerland pageant in 2006. She was judged as both 1st runner-up and Miss Photogenic. After the contest, she was considered the “most eligible single woman in Switzerland” and in May 2009 she was elected as the Best Bikini Body, according to a survey by the magazine Schweizer Illustrierte.
Xenia starred in the short movie Les Enfants de la Honte by the French filmmaker Alain Margot, which appeared at the NIFF film festival. In May 2010 the girl starred in a music video by Italian-Swiss singer Paolo Meneguzzi.
In 2011 she played a role in the film Without Men.
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Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich is an American model, actress, musician, and fashion designer. Over her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action-themed films, and music channel VH1 has referred to her as the Reigning Queen of Kick Butt.
The girl was born on December 17, 1975 in Kiev, Soviet Union. Her mother Galina Loginova is a Russian stage actress. Milla was raised in the Russian Orthodox religion. Jovovich can speak Russian and English fluently, and a little French.
Milla began modeling when Gene Lemuel convinced Herb Ritts to shoot her for the cover of Lei magazine. Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon’s Most Unforgettable Women in the World advertisements.
In 1988, she debuted in the film The Night Train to Kathmandu, and later that year, she appeared in the feature film Two Moon Junction.
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Lila Kedrova – French actress from Russia

Lila Kedrova – French actress from Russia

Lila Kedrova – French actress from Russia


Lila Kedrova (her real name Yelizaveta Nikolayevna Kedrova) was a French actress of Russian origin, owner of an Academy’s Oscar statuette.
Lila was born on October 9, 1918 in Soviet Petrograd into the family of opera singers. Her mother, Sofia Gladkaya (1875—1965), was a singer at the Mariinsky Theatre. Her father Nikolai Kedrov was a singer and composer, Petersburg Conservatory Professor, creator of the first Russian male quartet to perform liturgical chants.
In 1922, the girl, her parents and older brother Nikolai emigrated to Germany, and then in 1928 they moved to France. There, Kedrova’s mother taught at the Conservatoire de Paris, and her father once again recreated the quartet Quatuor Kedroff.
In 1932, Lila joined the Moscow Art Theatre touring company.
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