Yelena Solovey, Soviet film actress
Yelena Solovey, the most delicate and amazing actress of Soviet cinema, was born on February 24, 1947 in Neustrelitz, the Soviet Occupation Zone. Her parents met at the end of the war in Berlin, where her father served in the artillery and her mother was a nurse.
Three years after Yelena’s birth her family moved to Krasnoyarsk and then to Moscow.
Since her childhood Solovey dreamed of becoming an actress. After school Yelena wanted to enter the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography but failed. The girl worked as a Music teacher in one of Moscow’s secondary schools. A year later she tried again and entered the Institute of Cinematography.
Yelena made her debut in the movie in 1967 in the short film “In the mountains of my heart”, directed by R. Hamdamov. A year later she was invited to play a role in the short film “Pravdoha”.
In 1969, Yelena starred in “Late Flowers” (directed by A. Nahl) and “The King Stag ” (P. Arsenov).
After graduation in 1970 Solovey received an invitation to work in the Maly Theater but she married film artists Yuri Pugachev and moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Solovey began to work at Lensovet theater, where she played her first role in 1983 in the play “Winner” in duet with Mikhail Boyarsky.
Until the mid 70s Yelena quite actively starred in films: “About Love” (1971), “And there was evening and there was morning” (1971), “The drama of ancient life ” (1972), “Yegor Boulichev and others” (1972), “Vanyushin’s Children” (1974).
But the role of Olga Voznesenskaya in Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Slave of Love” (1976) was a real success.
In the 80s Soloey starred in “You cannot even dream” (1981), “Fact” (1981, Yelena received an award for the best supporting actress at the Cannes Film Festival), “Easy Money” (1982), “Blonde Around the Corner” (1984), “Charlotte’s necklace” (1984), “Friends” (1987) and many others.
In autumn 1991 Solovey with her family moved to New Jersey, the United States.
In America Yelena played in Alexander Zhurbin’s theater “Wandering Star”, taught at New York University and was a radio host on Russian radio in New Jersey.
In 1996 Solovey played a role of the great Russian ballerina Olga Spesivtseva in the film “Grace of the twentieth century”, directed by Maya Merkel.
Yelena has created an art studio “Etude” for children from Russian-speaking families.