Russian Personalities

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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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Alexander Liberman, Russian tsar of New York

Alexander Liberman

Alexander Liberman, Russian tsar of New York (photo: November 8, 1965)

‘Creativity without waste is impossible’ — Alexander Liberman

Alexander Liberman was a prominent representative of the American intelligentsia, Russian emigre, who changed the pop culture of the twentieth century; the king and god of the publishing house Cond? Nast.
The Russian-American magazine editor, publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor was born on September 4, 1912.
In 1921, the Libermans fled from Moscow.
Young Liberman was educated in Russia, England, and France. He studied mathematics and philosophy at Sorbonne in Paris and architecture at the School of Fine Arts in London.
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Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky

Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky

Lilya Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky

On August 4, 1978, at the age of 87, Lilya Brik committed suicide by taking a lethal dose of sleeping pills.
She made a difficult decision because she was confined to bed and could not have a normal life.
And the life of the great muse and temptress was truly remarkable to the end.

In her appearance there was nothing that could be called beautiful. But she could be fatal and men went crazy for her.
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Mata Hari and her Russian love

Well-known Mata Hari

Well-known Mata Hari

Mata Hari was one of the most famous and desirable women in history. She is widely known as a resourceful double spy.

Her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle (born August 7, 1876). She was the daughter of a Dutch hat-maker.
Margaretha always wanted to have a close family: loving husband and children. So in 1895 19-years-old girl married 39-years-old military man Rudolph MacLeod, who moved her to Java. Margaretha gave birth to a son and a daughter.
But MacLeod’s bad temper strained their marriage, and nothing could repair the damage done.
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Tamara Syomina – Russian actress

Tamara Syomina
Tamara Syomina was born on October 25, 1938 in Lgov, Kursk region.
Tamara is a Soviet and Russian actress, People’s Artist of the RSFSR.
In 1961 she graduated from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and became the actress of the Theatre-Studio.
Tamara was born in a military family. Her father, a commander of a tank platoon Pyotr Fedorovich Bokhonov, was killed on the front lines. In 1942 the family was evacuated and later Tamara came to her grandparents in Bryansk, where she went to school.
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Tatiana Yakovleva – Leading Designer of Hats

Tatiana Yakovleva
Tatiana Yakovleva (fr. Tatiana Yacovleff) was born on March 25 (April 7), 1906 in Saint Petersburg, into a professional family that found sanctuary in Paris after the Bolshevik Revolution. Mr. Citroen (founder of the Citroen automobile company) helped the Yakovlevs to leave Russia. Andre Citroen was a friend of a famous artist Alexander Yakovlev (Tatiana’s uncle), who helped Andre to create sketches of future cars.
Tatiana arrived in Paris at the age of 19. The beauty helped her and soon there were a lot of advertising posters with her face in the Parisian streets.
Tatiana was acquainted with the dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alexander Godunov, a poet Joseph Brodsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Feodor Chaliapin, made friends with the artists Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova.
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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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