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Ksenia Alferova

Ksenia Alferova - Russian actress

Ksenia Alferova – Russian actress


Ksenia Alferova is a Russian actress whose first role was in the film The Woman in White (1981), where Abdulov played the main role.
Pretty girl was born on May 24, 1974 into the family of popular theater and film actress Irina Alferova and Bulgarian Ambassador Boyko Gyurov. Alferova went with her husband to Bulgaria, but did not want to live there, so the couple soon divorced. When the girl was two years old, her mother married the sex symbol of Soviet cinema Alexander Abdulov. He adopted the girl. You know, Ksenia met her biological father in adulthood when she went to Bulgaria.
At first the future actress chose another career. In 1992 she entered the Moscow State Law Academy, but then she graduated from the Art Theatre School.
The first notable role was in the popular TV series Moscow Windows.
From 2000 to 2001 she was a Vladimir Markin’s co-host of the TV show Bingo.
The girl played the lead role in the film St. Petersburg-Cannes Express directed by American director John Daly. By the way, Ksenia played her role in English. Young actress starred along with English actor Nolan Hammings.
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Olga Egorova, Russian actress

Olga Egorova, Russian actress

Olga Egorova, Russian actress


Olga Egorova is a Soviet and Russian actress, designer, model, and music video director.
Pretty girl was born on September 4, 1967 in Leipzig, into a military family.
In 1983, Olga entered the Shchepkin Drama School. After graduation she was invited to several theaters: Satyricon, Mossovet, Mayakovsky Theatre, and Moscow Art Theatre. You know, Olga accepted the invitation from the State Academic Theater. But later the actress left it because she began starring in films.
By the way, the actress played in many films, including Free Fall (1987), Noble Robber, Dubrovsky (1989), Free Zone (1992), Heir (2002), and many others. To tell the truth, she is best known for her role of Polina in trilogy Love in Russian Style (1995, 1996, 1999). In 2007 Olga played one more bright role in the film The Beginning.
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Yuliya Menshova, actress and TV presenter

Yuliya Menshova, actress and TV presenter

Yuliya Menshova, actress and TV presenter


Yuliya Menshova is a Soviet and Russian actress and TV presenter. She is known as Vera Bolshova in the TV series Balzac Age, or All Men Are Bast…
Pretty girl was born on July 28, 1969 in Moscow into the family of actress Vera Alentova and film director Vladimir Menshov.
In 1990 Yuliya graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School. From 1990 to 1994 she worked as an actress in the troupe of the Moscow Art Theatre.
Working in the theater, Menshova began to act in films. Her first role was in the movie Act, Manya. In 1994, the actress suddenly decided to change her professional career, despite the fact that the career in the theater and in films developed quite successfully.
After a long break Yulia starred in the popular TV series Balzac Age in 2004. Alika Smekhova, Zhanna Epple, Lada Dance, Vera Alentova, Andrei Sokolov also played in the series.
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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 the Film Festival in Brussels for her role. Besides, Alentova was awarded Honored Artist of Russia (1982) and People’s Artist of Russia (1992) titles. Also she received the Order of Friendship in 2001 and Order of Honor in 2007.
Pretty girl was born on February 21, 1942 in Kotlas, Arkhangelsk region, into the family of actors. Her father died when Vera was only four years old. After the death of her husband, the mother decided to move to Ukraine, to the city of Krivoy Rog, where the future actress went to school. Alentova secretly dreamed of becoming an actress, but her mother was categorically against such a profession.
From Ukraine the family moved to Uzbekistan, and then to Altai. There, the future actress at the insistence of her mother tried to enter a medical institute, but she did not have enough knowledge to pass the exams successfully. Nevertheless, Vera did not give up her dream and with the help of her stepfather joined the troupe of the local theater.
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Olga Ostroumova, Soviet and Russian actress

Olga Ostroumova, Soviet and Russian actress

Olga Ostroumova, Soviet and Russian actress


Olga Ostroumova is a Russian and Soviet actress. You know, she was awarded the USSR State Prize in 1979 and the title of People’s Artist of Russia in 1993.
Pretty girl was born on September 21, 1947 in Buguruslan, Orenburg region. By the way, Olga has two sisters and a brother. Her father was not only a teacher, but also a regent of the church choir. Three generations of men, including grandfather, were priests. The little girl decided to become an actress at the age of 10. Olga, along with her mother and sisters, came to the play, in which the mother’s friend played. So the girl experienced the feeling of an incredible holiday and the extraordinary excitement that remained forever.
After graduation from the Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts (GITIS) in 1970, Olga worked in the New Generation Theater, where she met her second husband, Mikhail Levitin.
She became famous after her role in the film Let’s Live Till Monday (Monday Sure Will Come) directed by S. Rostotsky. This film was one of the best Soviet films about school.
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Larisa Shepitko, an icon of Soviet cinema

Larisa Shepitko, an icon of Soviet cinema

Larisa Shepitko, an icon of Soviet cinema


Larisa Shepitko was a Soviet film director, screenwriter and actress. She graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1963 with her prize winning diploma film Heat.
The peak of the director’s popularity was in the 1970s. The sophisticated film-lovers put Shepitko’s name on the same level as the cult directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Alexei Herman, Elem Klimov. Her films today would be called an arthouse. They are incomprehensible and uninteresting to the common people, but intellectuals watch them with pleasure.
Pretty girl was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, USSR. Mother of the future movie star, Efrosinya Tkach, graduated from a local pedagogical college and worked as a teacher. The woman brought up three children alone, because her husband left the family.
A graceful green-eyed girl, the first beauty of VGIK, was noticed by the directors. Eldar Ryazanov invited her to play in the episode of Carnival Night. And Alexander Dovzhenko gave her a tiny role in The Poem of the Sea (after the death of the master, the film was completed by his widow Yulia Solntseva). In 1960, Shepitko played two more episodic roles in the films Ordinary Story and Tavria.
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Vera Brezhneva – Russian-Ukrainian singer, actress

Vera Brezhneva - Russian-Ukrainian singer, actress

Vera Brezhneva – Russian-Ukrainian singer, actress


Vera Halushka, better known under her stage name Vera Brezhneva, is a famous singer and actress, ex-soloist of the popular female band VIA Gra. Today she gives solo concerts, and also appears on the screens as a TV presenter. Glossy magazines more than once called Vera the standard of femininity and beauty.
Pretty girl was born on February 3, 1982 in Dneprodzerzhynsk. Her mother Tamara is Russian, and her father Viktor is mixed of Ukrainian and Russian descent. Vera has three sisters: Galina and twins Anastasia and Victoria. Victoria became the wife of Russian singer and TV presenter Alexander Tsekalo. As a teenager, Vera was fond of sports (handball, basketball, karate, and gymnastics).
The girl graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk Rail Engineering Institute.
In November 2002 Vera was invited to join VIA Gra. However, the surname Galushka did not match the stage image of the sexy band. Producer Dmitry Kostyuk had the idea to replace her surname with the pseudonym Brezhneva, because former Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev was also from Dneprodzerzhinsk. And in January 2003, there were three girls in the group – Nadezhda Granovskaya, Anna Sedokova and Vera Brezhneva.
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