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Natalya Varley

Natalya Varley
Natalya Varley was born on June 22, 1947 in the Romanian city of Constanta. Her father, Vladimir was a sea captain, for two years he was chairman of the executive committee (the city government). According to family legend surname Varley is Welsh. Natalia’s ancestors came to Russia from Wales. In the nineteenth century a manufacturer came to Russia, bringing with him a stable. Two brothers, who worked as jockeys came with him. Their surname was Varley. The brothers stayed in Russia and married Russian girls.
Her childhood Natalya spent in Murmansk. She was a very talented girl. At the age of four she began to write poems, draw, and later entered a music school.

In the late fifties, the family moved to Moscow, where the girl entered the circus studio.
She graduated from the Department of the acrobatic State College of Circus and Variety Arts (1965) and started working as a tightrope walker in the Moscow Circus on the Tsvetnoy Boulevard.
She had a chance to perform with the famous clown Leonid Yengibarov. Thanks to him Natalya got into the wonderful world of cinema.
Famous clown had a lot of friends connected with the cinema. One of them was director George Yungvald – Khilkevich from Odessa, who offered Natalya her first role in his new film “Rainbow Formula”.
The film wasn’t realized, but the girl was noticed and invited to play the role of Nina in the film Kidnapping, Caucasian Style or Shurik’s New Adventures. The film was premiered in April 1967. It was so successful that the actress became famous overnight.
After filming Natalya decided to leave the circus and entered the Shchukin Theater School.
In October 1967, the actress starred in the film Viy. It was the first Soviet horror movie.
From 1971 to 1978 she worked as an actress in the Stanislavsky theater.
In 2009 the actress took part in the TV project “Two Stars”, where she sang in a duet with singer Nikolai Gnatyuk.
Varley Natalia Soviet-Russian actress
Personal life
Varley’s first husband was famous director and actor Nikolai Burlyayev. Their marriage took place in 1967, but it did not last long, the couple soon parted.

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Natalya and her first husband Nikolai Burlyayev

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Varley and Burlyaev’s second wife Natalya Bondarchuk

Then Natalya married Vladimir Tikhonov, who was her classmate and son of actress Nonna Mordyukova and actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov. In January 1972 their son Vasiliy was born. After his birth, Natalia decided to divorce her husband and began to raise her son alone.
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Varley and her second husband Vladimir Tikhonov

In 1985 Natalya gave birth to a second son Alexander. Baby’s father is unknown. But there are rumors that Alexander is Konstantin Raikin’s son.
Now Varley is married for the third time. She tries not to talk about her family happiness in public.
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Natalya and her sons

Varley is a successful actress so loved by the Russian people.
Varley Natalya beautiful Soviet actress

Natalia Varley famous Soviet actress

Natalia Varley famous Soviet actress

Zardinov Varley

Varley and Zardinov