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Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress

Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress

Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress


Vera Alentova is a Russian theatre and film actress, who became famous for her leading role in the Soviet internationally acclaimed drama Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980) directed by her husband Vladimir Menshov. The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. The actress received San Michele prize as Best Actress (1981) at Film Festival in Brussels for her role. Alentova was awarded Honored Artist of Russia (1982) and People’s Artist of Russia (1992) titles. The actress received the Order of Friendship in 2001 and Order of Honor in 2007.
Vera was born on February 21, 1942 in Kotlas, Arkhangelsk region into the family of actors.
In 1965 Alentova graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School and became an actress at the Moscow Theater.
Her first appearance on TV was in 1977 when she played a role in the film The Birth.

The most famous Vera’s roles are in such films as Shirli-Myrli, The Envy of Gods, Son for the Father.
Nowadays Alentova is the president of the Charity Fund.
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Vera in her youth


Personal life
In 1962, Vera married future film director Vladimir Menshov, the man who made her world famous eighteen years later.
On July 28, 1969 Alentova gave birth to her daughter Yulia Menshova, who is also an actress and TV presenter.

Selected filmography
1979 – This short long life
1982 – Time for reflection
1987 – Tomorrow Was the War
1990 – When the Saints Go Marching In
1991 – 1992 – Unexpected visits
1993 – The Paradise
2001 – Mamuka
2001 – Silver Wedding
2004 – 2007 – Balzac Age, or All Men Are Bast …
2008 – The Great Waltz
2010 – A gift from God
2013 – Balzac Age, or All Men Are Bast … 5 years later
2014 – The road without the end

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Vera, her husband and their daughter Yulia Menshova

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Vera, her husband and their daughter Yulia Menshova

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Vera and her husband Vladimir Menshov


Alentova Gerard Depardieu

Vera and Gerard Depardieu

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V. Alentova – Russian film and theater actress

Alentova Vera actress

V. Alentova – Russian film and theater actress

Alentova Vera actress

V. Alentova – Russian film and theater actress


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Vera before and after plastic surgery


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