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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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Victoria Shamis

Victoria Shamis
Victoria Shamis is a beautiful girl and the owner of Victoria’s Vintage boutique.
Victoria graduated from the University of the Arts London. During her studies she worked for the house of Alexander McQueen. While traveling to Paris with the husband Victoria met Didier Ludo. One of the greatest vintage collectors in the world was fascinated by Victoria and agreed to become an exclusive partner of her future boutique in Russia.
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Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya – poetess

Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya

Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya


Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya (July 26, 1891 — November 11, 1968) was born in Taganrog in a pharmacist’s family.
Yelizaveta (born Parnokh or Parnoh) was poetess, playwright, translator and author of children’s books.
She was twin sister to a poet and founder of Soviet Jazz music, Valentin Parnakh and sister to poetess Sophia Parnok.
Yelizaveta started to write poems in her childhood.
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Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya was a Russian drama actress.
Lydia (nee Gubbenet) was born in 1871 in Kiev. Her father, B. Gubbenet Frenchman by birth, was a chief of police.
Since childhood she participated in home plays. Yavorskaya’s first performance took place in February 1880. It is said that Lydia married someone called Yavorski while in Kiev, that he was a drunk and/or womanizer, and Lydia quickly divorced him.
After graduating from the school, Lydia played in charity performances.
In 1889 Yavorskaya entered the Theatre School in Petersburg, and then studied at the Comedie Francaise in Paris.
She made her debut in 1893 in Revel. In 1893 she was invited to the Moscow theater, where she played such roles as Marguerite Gautier (The Lady of the Camellias by A. Dumas), Alice (The Struggle for Happiness by Kovalevskaya), Olga Knapsack (Chad Life by Markevich).
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Maria Eristova, Princess Eristavi

Maria Eristova, Princess Eristavi

Maria Eristova, Princess Eristavi

Maria Eristova was the woman, whose beauty has become a legend of the twentieth century.
Maria (nee Shervashidze) was born on October 17, 1895 in Batumi (Georgia), but lived in St. Petersburg, where she became a lady in waiting of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia. Maria was a prominent Georgian aristocrat, fashion icon – catwalk queen, and one of the earliest models of Coco Chanel. Mary is sometimes believed to be the hopeless infatuation of a famous Georgian poet Galaktion Tabidze. She was popular for her beauty and gentle complexion and even drew compliments from Emperor Nicholas II of Russia.
Maria’s father was a Georgian prince Prokof Shervashidze. After the revolution and her father’s death Mary went to the Caucasus, where she married Prince Lancer Gigushu Eristov. Then Mary went to Paris. In 1925, the beautiful girl was invited to work with Coco Chanel, an increasingly popular French designer at the time.
In the final years of her life she was forced to move to a nursing home. Because of Soviet Union’s closed-door immigration policy, Mary was never able to return to Batumi. She died in France at the age of 98.
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Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova – Sudeikina was a symbolic figure of the Silver Age. She was an actress, dancer, painter, sculptor, translator and one of the first Russian fashion models. People called her Beauty of the Silver Age, Columbine, Decadence Fairy.
Olga was born on May 27, 1885 in St. Petersburg.
In 1905 the girl graduated from the Imperial Theatre School and joined the Alexandrinsky Theatre, where she became the favorite pupil of Konstantin Varlamov.
In 1906 Olga met the love of her life – the artist Sergei Sudeikin, and went to Moscow with him. In January 1907 they married. Olga was happy, but the idyll was broken. Poet Mikhail Kuzmin appeared in their family life. She participated in Kuzmin’s musical performances, costumes and decorations were made by Sergei Sudeikin. Mikhail became not just Sergei’s close friend, but his… lover. Olga was disappointed. The couple parted in late 1915.
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Tamara Makarova, Soviet Russian actress

Tamara Makarova, Soviet Russian actress

Tamara Makarova, Soviet Russian actress

Tamara Makarova was a Soviet and Russian film actress, professor, People’s Artist of the USSR (1950), Hero of Socialist Labor (1982).
Tamara was born on July 31, 1907 (according to other sources – in 1902) in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire into the family of a military doctor. The girl was interested in theater and ballet. At the age of 14 Tamara and her neighbors’ children created their own “theater” and gave performances for neighbors.
In 1924 Tamara entered the acting school, where she first met her future husband Sergei Gerasimov.
In 1927 Makarova debuted in the film Somebody Else’s Coat. On the set of the film she met Gerasimov again. Young people became closer and got married. Makarova’s acting career was associated with her husband.
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