Most beautiful women in the USSR
Standards of beauty change over time, but since the Soviet times they didn’t change a lot. Here you’ll see the list of the most beautiful women of the USSR.
Tatiana Drubich – Natalie Portman of the Soviet cinema, the main muse of film director Sergei Solovyov. In her first film she starred at the age of 12. Despite the success of the film One Hundred Days After Childhood, where Drubich played at the age of 14, she refused to enter the Film Institute and became an endocrinologist. Then she worked as a doctor in the district hospital and had time to act in films. The roles in films by Sergei Solovyov and the thriller 10 Little Indians made her famous.
Natalia Gvozdikova – Betty Grable of the Soviet cinema. After the release of the film “Born by the revolution” actors Zharikov and Gvozdikova became a model of the ideal family. Since then, when the scenario suggested loving supposes – the actors were invited.
Larisa Guzeeva – Lesley-Anne Down of the Soviet cinema. After her role in the movie A Cruel Romance directed by Eldar Ryazanov Guzeeva became super famous. It was her second film. Prior to that, she starred in the role of the “girl dancing with Taraskin” in The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed.
Elena Kondulainen became a sex symbol after the movie 100 Days Before the Command. This film wasn’t a big success as a film product, but there were quite erotic scenes. Kondulainen became a star, and in the following years diligently maintained her status, shocking the public with her outspoken antics.
Anna Samokhina – Gina Lollobrigida of the Soviet cinema. Samokhina became famous after her first role. She played Mercedes in the film The Prisoner of If Castle. Then she played a major role in the film Thieves in law.
The classic beauty of the actress was especially bright in costume films and directors used it. Ian Freed invited Samokhina to play in his film Don Cezanne de Bazan and Yuri Bogatyrev – to the historical drama Royal Hunt.
Margarita Terekhova – Natascha McElhone of the Soviet cinema. She starred in The Mirror, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, The Belarusian Railway Station by Andrei Smirnov, in the historical film Primordial Rus. But most viewers still remember Terekhova as Milady in Three Musketeers and Pious Martha in the film by Ian Freed.
Tamara Akulova – Kim Basinger of the Soviet cinema. Tamara was noticed by famous Russian film director Sergei Bondarchuk. The actress woke up famous after the film Bednaya Masha (Poor Mary). In the 80s Akulova played many roles, it was a golden time for her career.
Olga Ostroumova – Monica Vitti of the Soviet cinema. The roles in the films We’ll Live Till Monday and The Dawns Here Are Quiet made her famous.
The film Earthly Love released in 1975 made the actress All-Union-famous.
Galina Milovskaya – Veruschka von Lendorf of the Soviet podium. She was called Soviet Twiggy. Milovskaya became the first Soviet model, whose photos appeared in Vogue. Special for the photo shoot photographer Arnaud de Rhone came to Moscow.
This project is still considered to be unprecedented – the shooting took place on the Red Square and in the Armory Galina posed with a scepter of Catherine II and diamond Shah, which was given to Russia by Iran after the death of Griboyedov.
In 1974, after two aesthetically-political scandals Galina Milovskaya emigrated.
Natalia Kustinskaya – Christel Bodenstein of the Soviet cinema. In 1960 the French magazine Candide included Kustinskaya in the top ten most beautiful actresses in the world. Kustinskaya played approximately two dozen roles in the films, the most popular of which were the comedies Three Plus Two and Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation, as well as the TV series Eternal Call.
Galina Chistyakova – Kelly LeBrock of the Soviet athletics. Chistyakova was one of the first Soviet athletes who began performing in the triple jump. She was not only talented athlete but also had bright appearance. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Chistyakova became a citizen of Slovakia and performed for it at the Olympics. Chistyakova is the current world record holder in the long jump.
Anastasia Vertinskaya – Greta Garbo of the Soviet cinema. Vertinskaya appeared in the films The Scarlet Sails and Amphibian Man when she was 15 years old. The first film was watched by 23 million viewers in the first year, 65 million people watched the second film. Vertinskaya’s beauty was called alien.
Svetlana Toma – Ofelia Medina of the Soviet cinema. She is main Russian “gypsy”. After the film Queen of the Gypsies (The gypsy camp goes to heaven) the actress became famous, won prizes at international film festivals, went to Italy, participated in fashion shows and starred for fashion magazines. In the Soviet Union, of course, it was not advertised.
Jeanne Prokhorenko – Cloud Cardinale of the Soviet cinema. Her real name is Jeanette. While still a student at VGIK, she starred in her most famous film. It was a film directed by Gregory Chuhraj – Ballad of a Soldier. Prokhorenko became famous and even flew to the United States.
Natalya Varley – Audrey Hepburn of the Soviet cinema, main Russian Prisoner of the Caucasus. After the role of Komsomol Nina Varley played the role of Pannochka in the adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s story – Wii in 1967.
She worked in the circus as a tightrope walker before she became the actress.
Victoria Fedorova – Sophia Loren of the Soviet cinema. Her father was a military attache at the US Embassy in the USSR Jackson Tate. Despite many successful roles in the movie, Fedorova believed that she played only two great roles: deaf dancer Natasha in the film The Two and the sculptor and restorer Galina in the film About Love.
In 1975, the actress went to the US, married an American pilot and became an American citizen.
Elena Safonova – Charlotte Rampling of the Soviet cinema. The actress became widely known in 1985 after her role of Olga in the film Winter Cherry. In 1990 she starred in the film Taxi Blues directed by Pavel Lungin, where she played Nina.
Tatiana Vedeneyeva – Janet Agren of the Soviet cinema. The role in the film Hello, I’m Your Aunt made her famous. In the mid-80s Vedeneyeva became the most popular TV presenter on the Central Television. Since then Vedeneyeva became known simply as Aunt Tanya.
Lilita Ozolinja – Marion Davies of the Soviet cinema. Latvian actress became famous for her role of Martha in the TV series Long Way in the Dunes. She even received the State Prize of the USSR. Viewers called the actress “the Latvian sun.”
Alexandra Yakovleva – Carroll Baker of the Soviet cinema. Her debut role was in the film Crew in 1979 where she played together with Leonid Filatov. Yakovleva played a variety of roles. One of the most memorable was the role of Alyonushka in the film Charodei (Enchanters, Sorcerers).
Galina Belyaeva – Meg Tilly of the Soviet cinema. 17-year-old Galina first wanted to be a ballerina, but became famous after starring in the film A Hunting Accident (Moy laskovyy I nezhnyy zver, My Affectionate and Tender Beast). Belyaeva married the film director Emil Lotyanu when she was 18 years old.
Natalia Andreichenko – Nancy Valentine of the Soviet cinema. Her first major role was in the film Sibiriada directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. The director then described her as “tall, statuesque, round like an apple, strong – it is impossible to bite”.
In Mary Poppins there was another Andreichenko, elegant and refined.
Ekaterina Gordeeva – Keira Knightley of the Soviet figure skating. Star pair Gordeeva and Grinkov was called G & G in the United States. They are multiple world champions and Olympic champions. Throughout the world children in the schools of figure skating study their performances.
Natalia Trubnikov – Barbara Steele of the Soviet cinema. Ballerina Trubnikova became famous for her role of Princess Melisenta in the movie 31 June.
Matluba Alimova – Ines Pellegrini of the Soviet cinema. Alimova woke up famous after her role of the gypsy girl Nastya in the TV series Gypsy and in the film The Return of Budulai. Many people think she is a real gypsy girl, but the actress has Uzbek roots.
Lyubov Orlova – Marlene Dietrich of the Soviet cinema. She became known in 1934, after the movie Jolly Fellows. Orlova was a real “fashion icon” of the USSR. Historians have called the fashion style of the actress – Stalinist glamor.
Natalia Arinbasarova – Lucy Liu of the Soviet cinema. Her father was Kazakh and mother was Polish. For the role in her first film First Teacher, directed by her future husband, Andrei Konchalovsky, Arinbasarova won the main prize at the Venice Film Festival Golden Volpi Cup.
Natalia Nehoda – Jennifer Grey of the Soviet cinema. Nehoda is called the last star of the Soviet cinema. She became famous after the role in the film Little Vera. Nehoda was a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival, foreign co-host of the Oscar ceremony, appeared in several Hollywood films, and even in the magazine Playboy.
Elina Bystritskaya – Elizabeth Taylor of the Soviet cinema. In 1999, the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda called her the most beautiful Soviet actress of the twentieth century. Bystritskaya, who played Aksinya in the film Quiet Flows the Don, was offered to change her name on Aksinya Donskaya and fans wrote endless letters to the actress.
Irina Alferova – Lynda Carter of the Soviet cinema. The first film – The Road to Calvary brought fame to the actress and after the role Constance in the film Three Musketeers she became popular and loved. She and Alexander Abdulov were called the most beautiful pair of Soviet cinema.