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Elena Yakovleva – actress, who played the role of Vanga

Elena Yakovleva

Elena Yakovleva – Russian actress

The film company Favorit Film started shooting the 12-part film Vangelia about the legendary soothsayer.
Vangelia Dimitrova or Vanga (31 January 1911 – 11 August 1996) was a blind Bulgarian mystic, supposed clairvoyant and herbalist who spent most of her life in the Rupite area in the Kozhuh mountains, Bulgaria.
Elena Yakovleva agreed to play the role of 70-year-old Vanga. Three actresses refused to play this role. A special mask to make Elena old had been preparing for six months. And it took five hours daily to make Makeup.
Many of the actors were personally acquainted with Vanga. Moreover, she had predicted some of them roles in “Vangelia”.
They say, the series will be shown in autumn 2013 on the First Channel.
There is the scene of Vanga’s meeting with Hitler in the film. On February 2, 1943 Hitler came to know his fate. The Vanga’s words were: “You should not go to Russia, you’ll lose”. But Hitler did not believe her.

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Elena in the role of Vanga

I’d like to tell about Elena Yakovleva, who was born on March 5, 1961 in Novograd-Volynsky, Zhitomir Oblast, USSR. She is a Russian actress known for her roles in such films as Intergirl, Encore, Once More Encore!, as well as for the main role in the popular TV series Kamenskaya. Yakovleva was awarded the titles Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1995), People’s Artist of Russia (2002) and the Medal of Honor (2006).
In 1984 the actress graduated from the State Institute for Theatrical Arts (GITIS) and joined the troupe of Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow.
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Elena in her childhood

In 1989, Elena became famous thanks to her role of Tatiana Zaitseva, a nurse turned prostitute because of the grim life in the Soviet Union, in the film Intergirl (1989).
She received numerous awards and in 1990 was named the Best Actress in the Soviet Union. She was a “femme fatale” of Russian cinema.
In 1985 Elena married actor Valeri Shalnykh (he became her second husband). In 1992 she gave birth to a son named Denis.
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Elena, her husband and son

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Elena and her son Denis

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Elena in the film Intergirl

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Elena and Vladimir Putin

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