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Julia Vysotskaya – actress, TV presenter

Julia Vysotskaya - actress, TV presenter

Julia Vysotskaya – actress, TV presenter


Julia Vysotskaya is a Russian film and theater actress, television presenter.
Cute girl was born on August 16, 1973 in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast. Her parents divorced when the girl was very small. Then the mother got married for the second time, so Julia had a younger sister Inna. The girl’s stepfather was a military man and was forced to change his place of residence. The childhood of the future actress was in constant moving, she managed to live in Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku. During her studies, Julia changed seven schools.
She graduated from the Belorussian State Academy of Arts in 1995 and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1998.
After graduating from the university, Julia was invited to play at the Belorussian National Academic Theater. However, she must have had Belarusian citizenship. To solve this bureaucratic problem, Vysotskaya married her classmate Anatoly Kot.
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Elvira Bolgova

Elvira Bolgova - Russian actress

Elvira Bolgova – Russian actress


Elvira Bolgova is a Russian film and theater actress. The actress is known for her roles in the films Island of Unwanted People, My Big Armenian Wedding and Dad for Rent. Also she has played in a number of melodramatic and dramatic series and mini-series.
Pretty girl was born on December 28, 1975 in Moscow.
In 1996 she graduated from the Shchepkin Drama School. Her classmates were Marat Basharov and Yegor Barinov.
Then, in 1997, Bolgova worked in the Mossovet Theater.
In the movie the actress debuted in 1995 in the film The Abyss. And the first leading role she played in the psychological detective Tests for Real Men (1998), directed by Andrei Razenkov.
In 2003 she played a leading role in the TV series Desirable. You know, in 2004, in TV series Twins Elvira played three main roles – twin sisters Luba, Vera and Fatima. Despite the external similarity, her characters are very different and the actress had to play faithful wife Vera, romantic and naive Luba and cruel Fatima.
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Alisa Freindlih, Soviet-Russian actress

Alisa Freindlih, Soviet-Russian actress

Alisa Freindlih, Soviet-Russian actress


Alisa Freindlih is a Soviet and Russian film and theater actress, singer, People’s Artist of the USSR (1981). She is one of the greatest Russian actresses of the XX century. The films where she played are included in the “golden fund” of the national cinema.
The actress is best known for her roles in such films as Straw Hat (1974), Agony (1974), Office Romance (1977), D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978), Stalker (1979), A Cruel Romance (1984) and Fifteen Rooms, or a Sentimental Journey to the Motherland (2009). She is a winner of numerous awards.
You know, Alisa became a film star after the movie Office Romance. Film remake Office Romance Our time was released in 2011, where the role of Ludmila Kalugina was played by young actress Svetlana Hodchenkova.
Cute girl was born on December 8, 1934 in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). The mother of the future actress Ksenia Fedorova lived in Pskov. Later she moved to Leningrad, where she met German-born actor Bruno Freindlih. Shortly before the war Alisa’s parents broke up. Her father went on tour and the girl stayed with her mother.
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Alisa Grebenschikova

Alisa Grebenschikova - Russian actress

Alisa Grebenschikova – Russian actress


Alisa Grebenschikova is a Russian theater and film actress, the daughter of famous musician Boris Grebenshchikov.
Cute girl was born on June 12, 1978 in Leningrad, USSR. When she was born her father recorded the song Daughter.
In 1999 the girl graduated from the Academy of Theatre Arts in St. Petersburg. After graduation Alisa performed at Moscow Art Theater.
Her debut as an actress was the role in the movie American, directed by Dmitry Meshiev. Then Alisa starred in the film Driver for Vera, directed by Pavel Chukhrai.
Grebenschikova also starred in many different Russian TV series.
In 2007, she took part in the TV project Ice Age, where her partner was the famous Russian figure skater Alexei Tikhonov. They took the third place.
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Yana Poplavskaya, Russian Red Riding Hood

Yana Poplavskaya, Russian Red Riding Hood

Yana Poplavskaya, Russian Red Riding Hood


Yana Poplavskaya is a Soviet and Russian actress, TV and radio presenter, lecturer.
Cute girl was born on June 28, 1967 in Moscow. Her father is a journalist and her mother is an actress.
Her debut as an actress was the role of Little Red Riding Hood in the movie About Little Red Riding Hood in 1977. By the way, Yana was 10 years old. At the age of 11, she was awarded the USSR State Prize for the best children’s role.
The girl was fond of artistic gymnastics and was a candidate for master of sports.
She studied at the Shchukin Theater School. In 1987 Yana was expelled as she spent a lot of time starring in the film Prisoner of If Castle in Odessa. But later she finished it.
In 1993, Poplavskaya together with Mikhail Boyarsky, Alisa Freindlikh and Dmitri Kharatyan starred in the film The Secret of Queen Anne, or the Musketeers Thirty Years Later.
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Agata Gotova

Agata Gotova - Russian TV presenter

Agata Gotova – Russian TV presenter


Agata Gotova was born on October 14, 1977 in Moscow.
The girl began her career as a child star in the former Soviet Union’s version of The Mickey Mouse Club, the morning show Budilnik (Alarm Clock, 1987).
She spent her childhood touring Europe and performing as part of the famous children’s dance troupe Kalinka and headlined the troupe’s 1989 film Kalinka (1989).
As a teenager, she performed in satirist Mikhail Zhvanetsky’s Political Cabaret.
Then she moved to France and attended the Sorbonne University.
After immigrating to the United States, she worked on a program for Russian Television which focused on celebrity interviews and events. This evolved into the 1999 celebrity interview program, Faces and Names.
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Alena Babenko

Alena Babenko - Russian actress

Alena Babenko – Russian actress


Alena Babenko is a Russian film and theater actress, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2013).
Elena Baranova (her maiden name) was born on March 31, 1972 in Kemerovo. In her childhood the girl took part in the festivities, sang in the choir and dreamed of becoming a ballerina. The little girl was a fan of the French singer Edith Piaf.
In 1993 Alena entered the Tomsk State University, the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics. There she joined the Student Theater of Variety Miniatures. After the first course, she tried to enter the Moscow Art Theater, but failed. Later Alena met Vitaliy Babenko, a well-known television director in Moscow. So, the girl left the university and came to live in Moscow.
In 2000, Babenko graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).
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