Yekaterina Golubeva, French film star from Russia
Yekaterina Golubeva was a European actress of Russian origin, Sarunas Bartas and Leos Carax’s muse. She starred in Russia, Lithuania, and France.
Yekaterina was born on October 9, 1966 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She studied at the Institute of Cinematography.
In 1991 the actress starred in the music video for Andrei Makarevich’s song.
In the late 1980s Yekaterina married Lithuanian film director Sarunas Bartas. After his movie Three Days (1992) the actress was invited to France, where she appeared in the film I Cannot Sleep (1994). Golubeva starred in her husband’s films – Corridor (1995) and We Are The Few (1996), and then they divorced.
In France Katya became Leo Carax’s close friend and muse, starred in his film Pola X (1999).
In 2006, she played a lead role in the film 977 by Nicholas Khomeriki.
According to film critic Andrei Plakhov actress “became a symbol of the new European Arthouse cinema of the nineties and zero years”, on the screen, “she portrayed a mysterious and unfathomable female nature”.
Yekaterina had three children: a son (born in 1987) with her first husband (he lives in Russia); a daughter (born in 1996) with her ex-husband Sharunas Bartas (lives with him in Lithuania) and another daughter Nastya Golubeva Carax (born in 2005) with an unknown father (was raised by mother and her boyfriend Leos Carax) in France.
She had a long term battle with depression and died at the age of 44, on August 14, 2011 in Paris. Golubeva was buried on August 20 at the Pere Lachaise cemetery.