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Pavel Mochalov – Frantic Romantic

Pavel Mochalov great Russian actor

Pavel Mochalov – great Russian actor of the Romantic era


Pavel Mochalov (15 November 1800 – 28 March 1848) was one of the greatest Russian actors of the Romantic era. He worked in the Moscow Maly Theatre. His name became legendary during his lifetime. Mochalov had played more than 250 roles.
Mochalov was born in Moscow into a family of serf actors – Stepan Fedorovich and Avdotia Ivanovna, who played in Demidov’s home theater. In 1806 the whole family got their freedom. Pavel’s sister also was an actress. Pavel received a good education and spoke French.
In 1817 Mochalov debuted on the stage in the role of Polynices in Ozerov’s tragedy Oedipus in Athens. It was the play where his father played the role of Theseus and his sister played Antigone.
Pavel Mochalov reigned on the stage for 30 years.
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Ekaterina Strizhenova

Ekaterina Strizhenova

Ekaterina Strizhenova – beautiful actress


Ekaterina Strizhenova (nee Tokman) is a Russian theater and film actress, TV presenter.
She was born on March 20, 1968 in Moscow. Her father, a journalist and writer, died of cancer when Katya was only six years old, and her sister Victoria was twelve. Her mother was a Russian language teacher, then she worked in the presidential administration.
At the age of five Ekaterina started acting in children’s television programs and was a presenter of children’s concerts and performances. Then the little girl joined Moscow children’s dance ensemble Kalinka.
Ekaterina made her film debut in 1984. The young aspiring actress played one of the title roles in drama Leader, directed by Boris Durov. On the set of the film Ekaterina met her future husband – Alexander Strizhenov, who also played one of the main roles in the film.
The actress graduated from Moscow Institute of Culture.
Ekaterina played in many theatrical production such as Subway and Hamlet at the Drama Theater named after Anton Chekhov, as well as in Actors Studio Theater’s productions.
In 1997, Strizhenova became a presenter of the television program Good Morning on Channel One.
In 1997, the girl starred in Alexander Shevchenko’s music videos for the songs “Everything will be as you want” and “Only for her”.
In 2008, she participated in the TV show Ice Age, where professional figure skater Alexei Tikhonov was her partner.
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Zinaida Reich – wife and muse

Zinaida Reich

Zinaida Reich – Russian actress


Zinaida Reich was a Russian actress, the woman, who won the hearts of two geniuses – Sergei Yesenin and Vsevolod Meyerhold. She was called the demon woman who destroyed the lives of two brilliant men.
Zinaida was born on June 21, 1894 in Rostov-on-Don. Her father was a Social Democrat. In 1907, due to his participation in the revolutionary events, family was expelled from Odessa. In 1913 the girl became a member of the Socialist Revolutionary Party. It was difficult for her mother to get a certificate of secondary education for the daughter. After that Zinaida went to Petrograd, and her parents moved to Orel.
In Petrograd Zinaida entered the Faculty of History and Literature, where she studied foreign languages and took lessons in sculpture. After graduation, she worked as a secretary-typist for the Delo Naroda newspaper, where she met her future husband, Sergei Yesenin. She was the muse of the poet not so long – they got married in 1918 and 4 years later the marriage broke up.
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Sergei Astakhov – talented actor

Sergei Astakhov

Sergei Astakhov – talented actor

Sergei Astakhov is a talented Russian actor, best known for his roles in numerous television series.
The future famous actor was born on May 28, 1969 in a small village Krasny Liman, Voronezh region. His father was a military man, and therefore the life of little Sergei was linked with the move. So, in early childhood, he and his family moved to Sakhalin. Sergei decided to become a soldier and was preparing to enter the Suvorov military school. At the last moment, he changed his mind and entered the local Polytechnic Institute, but left it a year later.
In 1987, Astakhov (then – Kozlov, his real surname) went into the army. There he performed together with the military brass band. In 1989, the young man returned to Voronezh and entered drama school, where he met his future wife, Victoria Adelfina.
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Darya Poverennova – Russian actress

Darya Poverennova

Darya Poverennova – Russian actress

Darya Poverennova is a Russian theater and film actress.
She was born on June 15, 1972 in Moscow. Her father worked as a translator in the publishing house “Progress” and her mother Tatiana Lukyanova was a theater actress. Her parents divorced and Dasha stayed with her mother. The girl spent her childhood in the theater. She watched her mother’s performances and was proud of her.
Darya is a granddaughter of Soviet actor Sergey Lukyanov and ballerina Hadezhda Tyshkevich.
Poverennova’s film career began with… Hollywood erotica.
In 1992, American director Zalman King invited her to play a role in erotic drama series “Red Shoe Diaries”.
Her career in Russian cinema began with Alexander Chernykh’s melodrama “I love you”, based on Victoria Tokareva’s story “Nothing special”.
In 1994, Poverennova graduated from Shchukin Theater School and joined Mayakovsky Theater.
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Sergey Bezrukov – Russian actor

Sergey Bezrukov

Sergey Bezrukov – Russian actor

Sergey Bezrukov is a Russian film and theater actor, People’s Artist of Russia (2008).
He was born on October 18, 1973 in Moscow in the family of actor Vitaly Bezrukov. The boy was named after his father’s favorite poet Sergey Yesenin. Vitaly didn’t want his son to become an actor. However, when Sergey participated in school plays, Bezrukov Sr. taught his son did not play a role, but live life on the stage.
At the age of 14 Sergey acted in the play “My Poor Marat”.
After school Bezrukov entered the Moscow Art Theatre School, where Oleg Tabakov became his teacher. Sergey was a good student and graduated with honors.
After graduation in 1994 he joined Tabakov Theater, where he played a lot of roles and was awarded various prizes.
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Oleg Menshikov, Soviet-Russian actor

Oleg Menshikov

Oleg Menshikov, Soviet-Russian actor

Oleg Menshikov is Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, theater director, People’s Artist of Russia (2003), three-time winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1995, 1997, 1999).
Oleg was born on November 8, 1960 in Serpukhov, Moscow region in the family of military engineer and neurologist. Little boy was fond of music and parents bought an old violin. At school he was keen on juggling. Menshikov also played the piano, his favorite tunes were cancan and melodies from classic operettas. In high school, he began staging performances. The first one was staged by New Year’s Eve.
Menshikov finished music school. He was a member of an orchestra and could have entered the Music Conservatory. But he didn’t have to choose between music and stage. There was only stage for him. And he took his documents to the Schepkin Drama School, one of the oldest theatrical institutes in the country.
In 1980 Menshikov made his debut in the drama “Wait and hope” by Suren Shakhbazian.
After the role in the film “Pokrovsky Gates” (1982) Menshikov became a star.
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