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Valentina Serova, Soviet actress

Valentina Serova, Soviet actress

Valentina Serova, Soviet actress

Valentina Serova was a great actress, Marilyn Monroe of the Soviet cinema, the muse of the famous poet Konstantin Simonov.
Valentina Polovikova (her maiden name) was born on December 23, 1917 (according to other sources in 1919) in Kharkov. When she was 6 years old, she and her mother moved to Moscow. 10-year-old Valentina debuted in the play The Time Will Come based on the drama by Romain Rolland. She played the role of a young boy named David, the son of the main character.
Valentina studied acting at the Central College of Performing Arts (1933-1934). Teenagers who were under 16 couldn’t enter the college, so the girl corrected her birth year and December 23, 1919 became her official date of birth.
Valentina began her career at the Lenkom Theatre, where she worked from 1933 to 1941, 1943-1950, 1959-1964.
Her debut role in the movie was the role of Grunya Kornakova in her childhood (film Grunya Kornakova, 1934). However, the episode was not included in the film.
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Maria Leonova, actress

Maria Leonova
Maria Leonova was born on August 6, 1974 in Moscow.
In 1997 Maria graduated from Shchukin Theatre School. By the way, there Maria met her future husband. A handsome young man was very attractive to many girls. Maria wasn’t impressed, but Daniil fell in love with her at first sight.
After graduation from Shchukin Theatre School Leonova and Strakhov joined the Gogol Theatre (1998-2002).
In 2001 Leonova made her debut in the movie “Ordinary Days”.
After living together for four years, Daniil and Maria got married. They didn’t have a luxury wedding as young actors didn’t have money for a celebration.
To tell the truth, Maria better known as famous actor
Daniil Strakhov’s wife.
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Daniil Strakhov, Russian actor

Daniil Strakhov, Russian actor

Daniil Strakhov, Russian actor


Daniil Strakhov was born on March 2, 1976 in Moscow.
Daniil is a Russian film and theater actor, who is the best known for his role of Vladimir Ivanovich Korf in the television series “Poor Nastya” and Captain Lisnevsky in film “Transit”.
Daniil’s father is a Russian poet, philologist, linguist (Alexander Strakhov lives in the U.S., in Boston) and his mother is a psychotherapist. His parents divorced when he was very young and he spent most of his childhood living with his grandparents.
Since his childhood Daniil was interested in movie and theatre. So in 1993 he entered the Moscow Art Theater School. In a year he was transferred to the Shchukin Theatre School.
In 1996, as a student, Daniel debuted in the film. He appeared in a cameo role in the film by Boris Blank “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. New Version” based on the play by Bertolt Brecht.
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Yulia Samoylenko, actress

Yulia Samoylenko, actress

Yulia Samoylenko, actress


Yulia Samoylenko is a Russian film and theatre actress. In 2006 the girl graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS). In the same year she joined Mayakovsky Theater.
Yulia was born on August 21, 1985.
In 2004 Samoylenko played the role of Gutiere in the TV series The Sea Devil, based on the novel The Amphibian Man. She also starred in such film as Silent Witness (2007), Chas Volkova (2007), Univer (TV series, 2008-2010), While Fern is Blooming (2012) and many others.
Yulia has played in many performances: Cupids in the Snow, Marriage, Karamazov, Dead Souls, The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood (The Snow Queen), Frontier and others.
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Yulia Agafonova, Russian actress

Yulia Agafonova

Yulia Agafonova, Russian actress

Yulia Agafonova was born on June 18, 1981 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
She is a Russian film and theater actress. In 2004 she graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School.
Now Yulia works in the Moscow “La ‘Theatre”. The actress acted in such plays as “Eternity and a Day”, “Off one’s rocker”, “Dangerous Liaisons” by Sergey Vinogradov, “Glass dust” and “Rumors” by Vadim Dubovitsky, “Paris asleep” by T. Ahramkova.
Since 2004 she has played more than 20 roles in films, including main roles in “Book Thieves”, “Ermolovs”, “Mother’s voice,” etc.
In 2004 Yulia played her debut role in the musical film “Book Thieves” directed by Leonid Rybakov. This amazing story tells about the life of a modern girl and her friends, young people who do not want to put up with gray routine and boredom, eager to escape from the real world into the world of dreams and fantasies.
In a year young actress starred in high rating TV series “Talisman of Love”, where she played the role of a beautiful, proud and free gypsy girl Mariula.
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Lyubov Tikhomirova, Russian actress

Lyubov Tikhomirova
Lyubov Tikhomirova was born on September 7, 1978 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Lyubov is a Russian film and theater actress. Since 2007, she is a comic actress of the TV show “Thank God you came!” on STS channel.
In 2000 she graduated from Schukin Theatre College. In 1995 Lyubov worked in the Plastic Drama Theatre. In 2000-2008 she was the actress of “Satyricon” theater.
In 2000-2006 she was a co-host of the TV program “Military Store” on the Channel One.
The actress became popular after television series “Sisters” (as Masha), “Regional-Scale Detectives” (as Lena), and “My Love” (several roles).
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Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress

Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress

Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress


Vera Alentova is a Russian theatre and film actress, who became famous for her leading role in the Soviet internationally acclaimed drama Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980) directed by her husband Vladimir Menshov. The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. The actress received San Michele prize as Best Actress (1981) at Film Festival in Brussels for her role. Alentova was awarded Honored Artist of Russia (1982) and People’s Artist of Russia (1992) titles. The actress received the Order of Friendship in 2001 and Order of Honor in 2007.
Vera was born on February 21, 1942 in Kotlas, Arkhangelsk region into the family of actors.
In 1965 Alentova graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School and became an actress at the Moscow Theater.
Her first appearance on TV was in 1977 when she played a role in the film The Birth.
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