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Category Archive: Theatre

Kirill Safonov, Russian actor

Kirill Safonov
Kirill Safonov was born on June 21, 1973 in the village Ermakovskoe, Krasnoyarsk Territory. Later the family moved to Ukrainian city Lvov, where the future actor spent his childhood and school years.
Kirill is a Russian actor, known mostly for his roles in television series such as “Tatiana Day” (2007), “Bear Corner” (2009), “Conditions of Contract” (2011), “A short course of a happy life”.
When he was 12 years old, his parents divorced. Kirill’s mother, Russian language and literature teacher, raised three children alone. Kirill has two older sisters. Safonov always wanted to be an actor. His first role was in a school play.
In the early 1990s, Kirill returned to Krasnoyarsk, where he entered the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts. But there he studied for a year and transferred to Moscow GITIS. In 1997, the actor did not play a monologue and was expelled from the institute. After leaving GITIS, Safonov found work in the Mayakovsky Theater, then in Stanislavsky Theater.
In 1999, Kirill began to work in the Israeli theater “Gesher” (Tel Aviv).
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Famous Russian nannies

Famous Russian nannies
Russian nanny. Her image can be found in the works and memories of many famous Russian people. Sometimes becoming a full-fledged member of the family, she always stays in the shade of her pupils. Depriving herself of the own family happiness the nanny gave all the love and affection to her wards, becoming the closest person to a child, who had lack of parental love because of etiquette rules. It was the nanny who formed the soul of her wards. She could not teach good manners, did not know a foreign language, but she did more important things; she instilled a love and respect for the common man, Russian culture, the word.
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Yul Brynner – American actor from Russia

Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner was an American actor, best known for his role of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I”. On the stage Yul had played the role for 4,625 times and for the film version he was awarded two Tony Awards and an Academy Award.
Brynner had starred in more than forty films. He was famous throughout the world, talented, rich and handsome.
Yul Brynner was born Yuliy Briner on July 11, 1920 in Vladivostok, Russia. When Yul was 4 years old his father fell in love with an actress Ekaterina Kornakova. After that, he left his family and went with Kornakova to Harbin (China). Later Maria Briner took the children – Yul and Vera, and moved to Harbin too.
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Irina Metlitskaya –talented actress

Irina Metlitskaya
Irina Metlitskaya was one of the most enigmatic and talented Soviet and Russian theater and film actresses. In her short life, she had played more than thirty roles, found true love, gave birth to two wonderful sons.
Irina was born on October 5, 1961 in Severodvinsk. She studied physics and mathematics at the special school. In 1978, film director Igor Dobrolyubov came to this school in search of a girl for the lead role and invited Irina to star in the film “Schedule for the day after tomorrow”. This role had changed Irina’s life.
After school she entered the Physics Department of the Belarussian State University, but in a year the girl moved to Moscow, where she entered the Shchukin Theater School. After graduation in 1984, young actress joined the “Contemporary” theater, where she had been working for 9 years.
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Galina Grigorieva, Soviet actress

G. Grigorieva, beautiful Soviet theater and film actress

G. Grigorieva, beautiful Soviet theater and film actress


Galina Grigorieva was born on June 28, 1917.
She was Soviet theater and film actress, Honored Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (1959).
Galina worked in the Studio Theatre. From 1949 to 1969 she was the actress of the Mayakovsky Theater.
Grigorieva played Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother and Queen of Denmark, in the famous play “Hamlet” (directed by Nikolai Okhlopkov).
Galina’s most well-known roles in the movie are the role of Masha (“Dubrovsky”) and Maria Morevna (“Kashchei Immortal”). 
The actress died on April 16, 1969. The urn with the ashes buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery’s columbarium.
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Ninel Myshkova, Soviet actress

Ninel Myshkova
Ninel Myshkova (May 8, 1926, Leningrad – September 13, 2003, Moscow) was Soviet theater and film actress, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1976).
Ninel was the daughter of Lieutenant-General Konstantin Romanovich Myshkov.
In the post-revolutionary period many parents gave unusual names for their children. So the name Ninel is just Lenin if read it backwards. Ninel didn’t like her name and preferred to be called Eva. So even Ninel’s first husband Vladimir Etush didn’t know her real name before their marriage.
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