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Alena Khmelnitskaya, Russian actress

Alena Khmelnitskaya, Russian actress

Alena Khmelnitskaya, Russian actress


Alena Khmelnitskaya is a Russian film and theater actress, TV presenter.
Pretty girl was born on January 12, 1971 in Moscow. Father Alexander Khmelnitsky (born on March 1, 1937) and mother Valentina Savina (born on June 6, 1939) danced in the Bolshoi Theater for twenty years. While still working in the theater, Alexander Khmelnitsky began teaching at the dance school. Valentina Savina graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and became a choreographer. Since 1983, she staged shows at the Fashion House of Vyacheslav Zaitsev. Currently, her parents live and teach in Germany.
In her childhood Alena was engaged in artistic gymnastics and table tennis. By the way, she won several city competitions.
Graduates of the same course were Gosha Kutsenko, Vyacheslav Razbegaev, Ekaterina Semenova, Xenia Entlis and others. While being a student of the second year Alena joined the troupe of the Lenkom Theater. And in 1990-1994 she played Konchita in the play Juno and Avos. At the same time, she acted in films.
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Anzhelika Varum, pop singer and actress

Anzhelika Varum

Anzhelika Varum, pop singer and actress


Anzhelika Varum is a Russian pop singer, actress, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2011).
Maria Varum (her real name) was born on May 26, 1969 in Lvov, USSR into a creative family. Her father Yuri Varum was a composer, and her mother Galina Shapovalova worked as a theater director. The parents toured a lot, so the little girl was brought up by her grandmother. Her father was totally against Soviet music schools and taught his daughter himself. Maria began playing the piano at the age of five. She was a very talented girl and even toured with the school theater group.
After school Maria went to Moscow to study at the Theatre Institute. However, she failed exams and worked as a backing vocalist in her father’s studio.
In 1990, Anzhelika recorded the song Midnight Cowboy, which became a hit. The singer participated in the TV program Morning Star with the same song.
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Maria Kulikova

Maria Kulikova - Russian actress

Maria Kulikova – Russian actress


Maria Kulikova is a Russian film and theater actress. She fascinated the audience with her spectacular appearance and masterful acting. You know, Maria has appeared in almost 70 films and television series since 1999 and she is not going to stop. In 2017, the new seasons of sensational TV series with her participation were released.
Pretty girl was born on August 4, 1977 in Moscow. At the age of ten Masha entered a theater studio and her first role was the role of Baba Yaga.
After school, Kulikova decided to enter the law faculty, since at that time this profession was very prestigious. But soon she realized that she wanted to become an actress.
In 1998 Maria became an actress of the Moscow Academic Satira Theatre.
The actress played in Egor Konchalovsky’s detective film Hermit, then in Sergei Gazarov and Andrei Malyukov’s film Empire is Under Attack. But until 2002, Kulikova received only a few episodic roles.
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Tatiana Konyukhova, Soviet actress

Tatiana Konyukhova, Soviet actress

Tatiana Konyukhova, Soviet actress


Tatiana Konyukhova is a Soviet actress, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1964), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1991).
Pretty girl was born on November 12, 1931 in Tashkent, USSR, into in a military family.
In 1946, Tatyana’s father was sent to work in Latvia, and the Konyukhov family moved to Riga. Later, in 1949, she came to Moscow to enter the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). Her classmates were Isolda Izvitskaya, Maya Bulgakova, Nadezhda Rumyantseva, Rufina Nifontova, Yuri Belov, Mikhail Semenikhin. You know, she performed with her own concert program and recited the poems of Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova.
Being a student of the second year, she made her debut in Alexander Rowe’s film May Night or the Drowned. The actress played brilliantly, but wasn’t able to voice her character.
By the way, in 1950s Tatiana was the most popular film actress.
In 1955 she graduated from the University and worked at the Maly Theater.
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Lubov Tolkalina

Lubov Tolkalina - Russian actress

Lubov Tolkalina – Russian actress


Lubov Tolkalina is a Russian film and theater actress.
Luba was born on February 16, 1978 in the village of Mikhailovka, Ryazan region. At the age of 12, the girl played the Little Mermaid and Maria in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai. Four years later, Tolkalina became a master of sports in synchronized swimming.
In 1999 she graduated from the Theatre Faculty of the National Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).
From 1999 to 2003 she was an actress at the Theatre of Russian Army. She played the role of Sarah in Ivanov by Anton Chekhov (1999) and Desdemona in Othello by William Shakespeare (2000).
From 2003 to 2007 Lubov was an actress of Empire of Stars Theater.
In 2002 Tolkalina starred in the action movie Antikiller directed by Egor Konchalovskiy. In the film Antikiller-2 Tolkalina became one of the main characters. Gosha Kutsenko played the role of her husband. Subsequently, the actors began to appear together in other criminal dramas, including Compensation and Last Cop.
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Irina Ponarovskaya, Soviet singer

Irina Ponarovskaya, Soviet singer

Irina Ponarovskaya, Soviet singer


Irina Ponarovskaya is a Soviet and Russian singer, film actress and sex symbol of the 1980s and the 1990s. She is Honored Artist of Russia (2000).
Pretty girl was born on March 12, 1953 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) into a family of musicians. The father of the future celebrity Vitaly Borisovich worked as a conductor and was an artistic director of the jazz orchestra. Her mother, Nina Arnoldi, worked at the music school of the Leningrad Conservatory. Irina has elder brother Alexander, who became a pianist. Since 1990 he lives in the United States and taught at the College of Music.
Young Ponarovskaya was fond of music and at the age of 6 she started playing the piano.
In September 1971 she entered the Leningrad conservatory. From 1971 to 1976 she was a soloist in the band Singing Guitars.
In 1974 she performed the role of Eurydice in the first Soviet rock opera film Orpheus and Eurydice.
By the way, she made her film debut as Regina Korabelnikova in the film It’s Not My Business directed by Gerbert Rappaport in 1976.
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Larisa Dolina, singer and actress

Larisa Dolina, singer and actress

Larisa Dolina, singer and actress


Larisa Dolina (her maiden name is Kudelman) is a prominent Soviet and Russian jazz and pop singer and an actress. She was awarded the Order of Honor in 2005.
Beautiful girl was born on September 10, 1955 in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR. The singer’s musical career began in 1971, in a pop band We Are From Odessa. In 1990 Larisa played the main male role in rock opera Giordano (music by Laura Quint).
A year later, in 1991, Larisa was awarded the title of Best Female Singer of the country at the All-Union competition Pro. In 1993 she became the Honored Artist of Russia. Then, in 1994 Dolina received the prize Crystal Dolphin at the All-Russian competition in Yalta. By the way, she won the National Music Prize Ovation in nomination The best rock singer. Moreover, in 1996, she received the Ovation again as the best soloist of the year (in the Pop Music category).
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