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Yulia Shilova, crime writer for women

Yulia Shilova, crime writer for women

Yulia Shilova, crime writer for women

Yulia Shilova (her maiden name is Antonova) is a crime writer of detective novels for women.
Pretty girl was born on May 11, 1969 in Artem, Primorsky Krai.
In 1985 Yulia graduated from the Ballet School. Yulia met with the artists of the dance show and together with them she went to Japan. And there she met her first husband. Shilova said that she was happy in marriage with her first husband Oleg. He was a businessman and his business was successful. In 1993, Yulia gave birth to her daughter Lolita. But family happiness did not last long: the husband of the future writer died. After the death of her beloved husband, Yulia sold everything and went to conquer Moscow. In the city, she started her own business. But her business went bad during the default.
She lives in Moscow since 1986. You know, she graduated from the National Institute of Business.
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Praskovia Zhemchugova serf actress of Count Sheremetyev

Praskovia Zhemchugova

Praskovia Zhemchugova as Eliana, the heroine of the opera “Samnite Marriages” by Gretry. The role made her famous

The most touching love story of the 18th century
Praskovia Zhemchugova and Nikolai Sheremetyev

On July 20, 1768 in Yaroslavl pretty girl Praskovia was born. Her name means Holiday Eve in Greek. She could become the heroine of a cover version of Cinderella – where have you seen that the richest man in the Russian Empire fell in love with the serf actress and made her his lawful wife. But this story had a sad ending.
Pasha was the daughter of a serf skilled blacksmith Ivan Kovalev. So the daughter lived in the father’s house for only 6 years. Then she was sent to be raised in Kuskovo. The future star of Sheremetyev’s musical theater grew up in care of Marfa Dolgorukaya. Such a rapid change in Praskovia’s fate was due to her gorgeous, touching, seductive voice.
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Olga the Beauty, Russian Ruler

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Holy Grand Duchess Olga. N.A. Bruni. 1901

Princess Olga, also known as Olga the Beauty, ruled Rus from 945 to 962 after the death of her husband Igor, Grand Duke of Kiev. She was the first of Russian rulers who adopted Christianity before the Baptism of Russia.
Olga was born in 890. According to the Primary Chronicle she was born in Pleskov (Pskov), into a family of Varyag origin. By some accounts, Olga was the daughter of Prophetic Oleg, Oleg of Novgorod. He became the ruler of Kievan Rus as a guardian of a minor Igor, the son of Rurik. It was Oleg, who married Igor and Olga. But this version of the origin of the princess is not confirmed.
Beautiful Olga was the wife of Igor of Kiev, who was killed by the Drevlians. Upon her husband’s death, their son Svyatoslav was three years old, making Olga the official ruler of Kievan Rus until he reached adulthood. The Drevlians wanted Olga to marry their Prince Mal, making him the ruler of Kievan Rus. But Olga wanted to remain in power and preserve it for her son.
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Anna Pavlova, dancing diamond

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White Swan

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was the most famous ballerina of the past century.
She was called Divine and Amazing, Dancing Diamond, White Swan and even Fairy of Swan Flock. One girl wrote to her parents: “Remember, you told that those who saw the fairy would be happy. I saw a live fairy – her name is Anna Pavlova”.
Genius Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova became a legend in her lifetime. Journalists competed with each other in writing stories about her. She read myths about herself in newspapers and laughed. Legends surround her name until now.
She had never talked about her personal life. Her real life was in dance. Only after her death the world learned about the beautiful and tragic love story, which the legendary ballerina secretly kept in her heart for long thirty years.
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Tamara Karsavina – Firebird of Russian ballet

Firebird karsavina

Ballerina Tamara Karsavina in the ballet “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky’s music in the costume designs by Leon Bakst for 1910.

Tamara Karsavina was loved, respected and admired. You know, she was always away from any kind of intrigue. In her youth pretty girl had decided to devote all of herself to His Majesty the Arts. During her long life she experienced many worries and troubles, difficulties and trials, but grateful audience remembered her as a talented performer.
Firebird of Russian Ballet, one of the brightest of its stars was born on March 9, 1885, into an intellectual family in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. Her father Platon Karsavin was a dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre, and also taught at the Drama School. Tamara was a sister of the historian and philosopher Leo Karsavin. Six-year old girl knew her main passion was the theater. Supported by her mother, Tamara began preparing to enter the Theatre School.
Immediately after graduation in 1902, Tamara joined the Mariinsky Theater, where Matilda Kshesinskaya, a prima ballerina and a dance teacher, was fond of her. However, another talented performer, Anna Pavlova, disliked the young dancer. Perhaps Pavlova saw in the beginning artist her rival and competitor.
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Nataliya Nikolaevna Pushkina

Nataliya Nikolaevna Pushkina

Nataliya Nikolaevna Pushkina

She is well known as a wife of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Seven years after his death Natalia married General Pyotr Petrovich Lanskoy.
Nataliya Nikolaevna Goncharova (Pushkina, Lanskaya in her second marriage) was born on September 8, 1812 in Tambov Province. Her family lived there during the occupation of Moscow by Napoleon’s forces. The girl was the fifth child of seven children. Her youngest sister Sophia was born and died in 1818. Pretty Natalia got a good education at home. She studied Russian and world history, geography, Russian language and literature, French, German and English.
Pushkin met Natalia Goncharova in Moscow in December 1828 at a ball. The beauty and grace of the girl made an indelible impression on the poet. 16-year-old girl was one of the most talked-about beauties of Moscow. Pushkin was 13 years older than Natalia.
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Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss love story

Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss

Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss

The fate of the great Austrian composer Johann Strauss (1825-1899), whose waltzes are known all over the world, was linked with Russia, where in 1868 he met a rich girl. That meeting changed his life.
Johann Strauss II, as they call him in the music world, tried to prove to the world that he was the King of Waltz and not his father, also Johann Strauss, who was known in Austria as one of the most famous and talented composers.
Ambitious and really talented, Strauss’s father glorified waltz and was able to get fame not only in Vienna, but also throughout Europe. Children who were born in the family every year, almost did not see their father. Besides, he had a mistress, who also gave birth to seven children. But Strauss Sr. wasn’t ashamed and did not suffer from guilt.
Little Johann once vowed to overshadow his talent. Decisive, courageous and hardworking, he devoted himself to music lessons and kept it secret from ambitious parent.
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