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Rufina Nifontova, actress

Rufina Nifontova, actress

Rufina Nifontova, actress


Rufina Nifontova was a Soviet Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1962), People’s Artist of the USSR (1978). Also she was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) since 1972. She was a leading Russian actress appeared on stage, screen and television.
Beautiful girl was born on September 15, 1931 in Moscow. Rufina had twin brother Vyacheslav (1931-1975). Her brother Alexander went missing in the early days of the Great Patriotic War. And her brother Boris was killed at the front.
When the girl was at school, she joined a drama club. Pretty Rufina dreamed of becoming a theater actress. For the first time she appeared on the stage in Ostrovsky’s play. Classmates were sure that Rufina would certainly become an actress. However, the girl was not accepted into any theater school in Moscow.
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Yuliya Borisova

Yuliya Borisova

Yuliya Borisova – beautiful Russian actress


Yuliya Borisova is Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of the USSR (1969), Hero of Socialist Labor (1985), Laureate of the State Prize of Russia (1995). The notable Russian actress of the Vakhtangov Theatre is best known for her film role as Ambassador Kollontay in the film Ambassador of the Soviet Union (Posol Sovetskogo Soyuza, 1969).
The future actress was born on March 17, 1925 in Moscow, Russia.
In 1949, Yuliya graduated from the Shchukin Theater School and in the same year she joined the Vakhtangov Theater. There she had performed for the first time during her studies in 1947. She made her stage debut as Hero in the Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and as Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Borisova had been working in Vakhtangov Theater for more than 60 years. For decades, she was a leading actress, playing mostly the main female roles, including Turandot, Nastasia Philippovna, Virineya, Helena in Warsaw Melody, Valya in Irkutsk History, Cleopatra.
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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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Olga Prokofieva

Olga Prokofieva

Olga Prokofieva


Olga Prokofieva is a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, Honored Artist of Russia (2001). She graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Since 1985 she has been working as the theater and film actress.
Pretty girl was born on June 20, 1963 in Odintsovo, Moscow Region. She lived with her mother and older sister Larissa. In her childhood the girl dreamed of becoming an actress or a ballerina. But her passion for the theater was stronger.
After graduating from school, Olga tried to enter theater college, but failed. She got a job as an accountant at the television and was preparing for next entrance exams. Vladimir Gusinsky helped the girl to enter GITIS.
They met again only after her graduation in 1985 and fell in love with each other. So, they lived together for four years.
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Lyudmila Tselikovskaya

Lyudmila Tselikovskaya

Lyudmila Tselikovskaya

Lyudmila Tselikovskaya was a Soviet film and theater actress, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1963). She became extremely popular in the 1940s, after her roles in the musical comedies of wartime: Anton Ivanovich is Angry, Twins, Hearts of Four, and Air Trooper.
Pretty Lyudmila was born on September 8, 1919 in Astrakhan into the family of Honored Artist Vasily Tselikovsky and opera singer Ekaterina Lukinichna.
In 1925 the family moved to Moscow on the advice of doctors, as Lyudmila was a sickly child and endured heavy Astrakhan climate. Since her childhood Lyudmila was fascinated by the theater.
In 1937 she entered the Shchukin Theatre School. As a student Lyudmila debuted in the play The Servant of Two Masters at the Vakhtangov Theater. A year later, in 1938, Tselikovskaya made her film debut in the role of pioneer Valay in the film Young Captains. In the same year, she fell in love with her classmate Yuri Alexeev-Meskhiev and they got married.
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Lyubov Orlova – soviet iconic actress

Lyubov Orlova

Lyubov Orlova – soviet iconic actress

Lyubov Orlova – Solitude of the star
She was loved by everyone – from an almighty leader to the simple farmer. Bright beauty and shiny smile of the first Soviet cinema star forced millions of men to dream of love and happiness.
Famous theater and film actress Lyubov Orlova was born on 29 January 1902, in Zvenigorod, Moscow region. She was born to a family of Russian nobles and grew up in Yaroslavl. When she was seven, Fyodor Shalyapin predicted: “You will see this girl will be a great actress!”
In 1919 Orlova entered the Moscow Conservatory and after graduation she attended the ballet school. However, she wanted to be an actress, theater at that time was much more popular than the “bourgeois” classical music.
Later, in 1926, the budding actress was admitted to the Moscow Art Theater, where she met a prominent party member, deputy Commissar of Agriculture Andrei Berzin. After a while they got married. But marital bliss was short-lived – Andrei was arrested as a member of the opposition party. Immediately after the arrest of her husband Luba divorced him. She was not going to be “just a wife”.
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Natalia Kustinskaya

Natalia Kustinskaya

Natalia Kustinskaya


Natalia Kustinskaya was a Soviet film and theater actress, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1999). To tell the truth, she was one of the acknowledged beauties of Soviet cinema. The actress became famous after the release of the film Three Plus Two, where she played together with Andrei Mironov, Yevgeny Zharikov and Natalia Fateeva.
Kustinskaya was called Russian Brigitte Bardot.
Pretty girl was born on April 5, 1938 in Moscow. She graduated from music school and the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (1961). The actress made her film debut in 1959. You know, she played the role of Marusia in the film Gloomy Morning directed by Grigory Roshal.
By the way, Kustinskaya starred in more than 20 films, including the hit comedy Three Plus Two (1963), Ivan Vasilievich (1973) and TV series Eternal Call (1973-1983), based on the novel by Anatoly Ivanov.
French magazine Candide included Kustinskaya in the top ten most beautiful actresses of the world in 1960.
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