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Natalia Kustinskaya

Natalia Kustinskaya

Natalia Kustinskaya

Natalia Kustinskaya was a Soviet film and theater actress, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1999). She was one of the acknowledged beauties of Soviet cinema. The glory fell on her after the release of the film Three Plus Two, where she played together with Andrei Mironov, Yevgeny Zharikov and Natalia Fateeva.
Kustinskaya was called Russian Brigitte Bardot.
Natalia was born on April 5, 1938 in Moscow. She graduated from music school and the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (1961). The actress made her film debut in 1959, she played the role of Marusia in the film Gloomy Morning directed by Grigory Roshal.
Kustinskaya starred in more than 20 films, including the hit comedy Three Plus Two (1963), Ivan Vasilievich (1973) and TV series Eternal Call (1973-1983), based on the novel by Anatoly Ivanov.

In 1960 the French magazine Candide included Kustinskaya in the top ten most beautiful actresses of the world.
Famous Soviet actress Natalia Kustinskaya died on December 13, 2012 at the Botkin Hospital in Moscow and was buried on December 17 next to her beloved son Dima.

Personal life
She had many admirers, but her personal life was tragic. She was beautiful, but unhappy. Her men died very quickly after breaking up with Kustinskaya. Only one of her six husbands lived longer than the actress. Kustinskaya called herself a black widow. She was sure that all her troubles were due to the curse of a friend. But there are those who argue that it was a payment for a luxurious and happy youth.

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Natalia and Yuri Chulyukin

From 1957 to 1966 she was married to film director Yuri Chulyukin. Natalia married him when she was 19 years old.
Employee of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the USSR Oleg Volkov was her second husband from 1968 to 1970.
In 1970, Kustinskaya gave birth to her only son – Dmitry, who died in 2002 under mysterious circumstances.
From 1970 to 1989 Colonel Boris Yegorov, cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union, was her third husband.
Fourth husband (1990-2002) – member of the Academy of Social Sciences, professor Gennady Hromushin.
Fifth husband (2004-2009) – Vladimir Maslennikov.
Sixth husband (2010-2012) – Stas Vanin. They divorced shortly before the death of the actress.
Yaroslavl poet Alexei Filippov was Kustinskaya’s last love. They worked together on a book of her memoirs.

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Natalia and Boris Yegorov

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Natalia and Oleg Volkov

Selected Filmography
1960 – Stronger than hurricane
1960-1961 – The first tests
1962 – After the wedding
1965 – The Sleeping Lion
1966 – Royal Regatta
1969 – Ten Winters in one summer
1971 – Spring Tale
1980 – My dad
1982 – Just awful!

Natalia Kustinskaya