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Marina Petrenko, Modern Carmen

Marina Petrenko, Modern Carmen

Marina Petrenko, Modern Carmen


Marina Petrenko is a Russian and Ukrainian actress, producer.
Beautiful girl was born on January 19, 1987 in Simferopol, Autonomous Republic of Crimea, USSR. Little Marina was fond of music and dancing, loved sports. Also she dreamed of becoming a ballerina. But the 6-year-old girl was not admitted to the ballet school. Playing in the school play, the girl realized that the profession of an actress wasn’t worse than ballet.
At the age of 14 she made her debut in Yuri Ilyenko’s scandalous film A Prayer for Hetman Mazepa. At the Berlin Film Festival this film was recognized as a “film for sexual minorities”. The Ministry of Culture did not recommend to show the scandalous film on the territory of the Russian Federation. The next few years, the girl was invited to play the roles in Ukrainian TV series and films.
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Ekaterina Bestuzheva, model and actress

Ekaterina Bestuzheva, model and actress

Ekaterina Bestuzheva, model and actress


Ekaterina Bestuzheva is a Russian film and theater actress.
Katya was born on July 24, 1978.
In 2006 she graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).
By the way, Katya worked as a model at the model agency Next in Paris (2000-2004). Her photos appeared in such magazines as Vogue (Great Britain, France), Elle (USA, Italy, and France), Photo (France).
In addition, she starred in several films, including Nine Signs of Adultery (2008), Brothers Detectives (2008), Wide River (2008), The Man Who Knew Everything (2009), Be With Me (2009), Anna Karenina (2009).
Moreover, Ekaterina acted in some plays: Russian Jam, His words, Russian Traveler’s notes and others.
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Ekaterina Guseva, actress and singer

Ekaterina Guseva, actress and singer

Ekaterina Guseva, actress and singer


Ekaterina Guseva is a Russian film and theater actress, singer, Honored Artist of Russia (2009).
Pretty girl was born on July 9, 1976 in Moscow. In her childhood the girl was engaged in gymnastics, figure skating, swimming, and dancing.
She became famous thanks to her role in the television series Brigada (2002).
Katya was involved in the Georgian dance ensemble Kolkhida.
Guseva graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. Katya played a lot of roles during her studying, but her favorite was the 80-year-old woman from The Last Ones, a play by Maxim Gorky.
From 1997 to 2001 Ekaterina performed at the By Nikitin’s Gate theater under the direction of Mark Rozovskii.
Guseva played the role of Katya Tatarionova in the first Russian classic musical Nord-Ost.
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Natalia Kosteneva, Russian actress

Natalia Kosteneva, Russian actress

Natalia Kosteneva, Russian actress


Natalia Kosteneva is a Russian theater and film actress, radio and TV presenter. By the way, Natalia became popular after the role of Bosch’s wife in the melodrama Gioconda On The Asphalt. Then the actress appeared in a number of popular TV series: Tutor, Ermolovs and Zaitsev + 1.
Natasha was born on December 1, 1984 in Semipalatinsk. Her mother is an artist. As soon as the little girl learned to walk, she began attending ballet school and practicing rhythmic gymnastics. Actually, Natalia wanted to become a lawyer. But the mother advised her daughter to enter a theatrical high school.
In 2005 she graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute.
Her first roles were Polina in diploma performance Profitable Place and Olivia in Twelfth’s Night (A.A. Shirvindt’s staging).
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Maya Bulgakova, Soviet actress

Maya Bulgakova, Soviet actress

Maya Bulgakova, Soviet actress


Maya Bulgakova was a Russian and Soviet theater and film actress, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1976).
Pretty girl was born on May 19, 1932 in the village of Buki (now Kiev region, Ukraine). In 1941 the Bulgakovs moved to Kramatorsk. There Maya graduated from high school and decided to become an actress.
In 1955 she graduated from the State Institute of Cinematography. The actress made her debut in the film Freeman by Grigory Roshal.
Bulgakova began to sing with Leonid Utesov’s orchestra and even won a prize at the World Youth Festival in Moscow in 1957. The actress was the first in the Soviet Union, who performed Edith Piaf’s songs.
By the way, Maya was one of the best supporting and character actresses of the 1960s. She specialized in war dramas, playing ordinary Russian women who showed courage and resourcefulness in overcoming adversity.
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Elena Shanina, Soviet and Russian actress

Elena Shanina, Soviet and Russian actress

Elena Shanina, Soviet and Russian actress


Elena Shanina is a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of Russia, Honored Artist of Russia. She is famous for the role of Conchita in the rock opera Junona and Avos.
Pretty girl was born on December 24, 1952 in Kazan. She was the first child in the military family. Five years after her birth a boy was born. As parents constantly were at work, Lena brought him up. Little Lena dreamed of becoming a ballerina. But when she was not taken to the ballet studio, the girl decided to become an actress.
After school, the girl went to Leningrad to enter the famous Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography (LGITMiK).
In 1975 Elena became an actress of Lenkom Theater.
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Yulia Snigir, Russian actress and model

Yulia Snigir

Yulia Snigir, Russian actress and model


Yulia Snigir is a Russian actress and model. She is talented, smart and surprisingly beautiful. In addition, she is a laureate of the Prize of the Government of Russia (2018).
Pretty girl was born on June 2, 1983 in Donskoy, Tula region.
At first Yulia didn’t make plans to become a star. She just wanted to leave her small provincial town and went to the capital. In Moscow she entered the Moscow State Pedagogical University, the Faculty of Foreign Languages. After graduation, she worked as an English teacher. But soon the girl realized it was not exactly what she wanted from life.
Once Yulia decided to try herself as a fashion model. The girl went to the modeling agency Point. There she was noticed by Valeri Todorovski who was searching for actresses for the film Hipsters. Yulia didn’t get the role, but Todorovski advised her to enter the Theatre School.
In 2006, Snigir starred in the music video for the song See You Soon by group Zveri. In the same year she began to play in films. Her debut film was The Last Slaughter.
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