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Natalie Wood – very Russian American actress

Natalie Wood actress

Natalie Wood – beautiful actress


Natalie Wood was an American actress, three-time Oscar nominee.
Beautiful girl was born on July 20, 1938. Her real name was Natalia Zakharenko, then Gurdina. She was a daughter of Russian immigrants Nikolai Zakharenko from Vladivostok, and Maria Zudilova from Barnaul. They changed the name to Gurdin when became U.S. citizens. Pretty girl was fluent in English and Russian. According to her she was “very Russian”. During her stay in Los Angeles, Natalie was a parishioner of Holy Transfiguration Cathedral.
By the way, her acting career began when the girl was only four years old. To tell the truth, she became a very successful child actress. Little actress played in the films including Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) and Star (1952). For the role of Judy in the movie Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean she was an Oscar nominee in 1955.
Roles in West Side Story (1961), Gypsy (1962) and The Great Race (1965) brought Natalie world fame. And roles in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) brought her two more nominations for an Academy Award.
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Nastya Zadorozhnaya, singer and actress

Nastya Zadorozhnaya

Nastya Zadorozhnaya, singer and actress

Nastya Zadorozhnaya, a popular actress, singer, model and TV presenter, successfully proved that any woman can succeed not only because of the bright appearance, but also thanks to her talent and hard work.
Beautiful girl was born on August 30, 1985 in Vytegra, Vologda Region into the family of a serviceman. Almost immediately after the birth of a daughter, Air Force officer got a room in one of Moscow’s hostels.
In 1996, Nastya became a soloist of the children’s musical group Neposedy (Fidgets). Here the future celebrity met many young Russian pop stars – Sergey Lazarev, Yulia Volkova, Lena Katina, Vlad Topal and other bright persons.
By the way, in 1999, the girl received her first role in the TV series Simple Truth. She played a schoolgirl Anzhelika Seliverstova.
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Ornella Muti – Italian actress with Russian roots

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Ornella Muti – beautiful actress

Ornella Muti is a legend of the world cinema, talented actress, outstanding personality and just a very beautiful woman.
Charming Italian actress was born on March 9, 1955. Her real name is Francesca Romana Rivelli. Her maternal grandparents were Russian nobles and had to leave Russia in 1917. They immigrated from Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg, Russia) to Estonia. She has an older sister, Claudia (born in 1951). Unfortunately, her father died when the girl was 10 years old.
At the age of 13 Ornella worked as a model for the Italian magazine – Fotoromanzi. At the same time she began working as an artist’s model and posed nude for erotic magazines.
To tell the truth, the girl never dreamed of becoming an actress. Her sister Claudia persuaded Ornella to go with her to a casting for a new film. And the girl received the role in the film The Most Beautiful Wife, which became her debut one.
You know, Ornella has primarily worked in Italian films, but she made her British film debut as Princess Aura in Flash Gordon in 1980. American movies she appeared in include Oscar (1991) and Once Upon a Crime (1992).
Muti was voted The Most Beautiful Woman in the World in 1994 by a worldwide poll of readers of the Class magazine.
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Svetlana Svetikova, singer and actress

Svetlana Svetikova

Beautiful Sveta


Svetlana Svetikova is a Russian singer and actress.
Beautiful girl was born on November 24, 1983 in Moscow. Her father served in the Navy, currently working as Florentine mosaic artist. Her mother sang in the ensemble before marriage, later worked as a music teacher in kindergarten, now she is a housewife. Svetlana has a younger sister Natalia, who graduated from the Moscow State University, Faculty of Law.
To tell the truth, Svetlana started her career at the age of 4, when her parents brought her to the musical group Cartoon. The little girl performed in the children’s musical Zoo. At the age of 8 she joined Moscow Children’s Theater and became a soloist of the children’s rock band Papa Carlo. The group recorded the album Live in Rock and toured in Russia, the Crimea, and Germany.
Talented girl began performing solo at the age of 12. She was a winner of such contests as Crystal Droplet, Bon Chanson, Young Talents of Moscow and visited Turkey, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany and France.
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Zhanna Friske – pop singer, TV host

Jeanna Friske

Zhanna Friske – pop singer, TV host

Zhanna Friske or Jeanna Friske, Russian singer, TV presenter, film actress and socialite, was born on July 8, 1974 in Moscow, Russia.
Until 1996 her surname was Kopylova. She was engaged in artistic gymnastics and acrobatics, went to a ballet school.
Pretty Zhanna first became famous when she joined pop group Blestyashchie in 1996. Group members together with Jeanna have recorded 4 solo discs and realized 3 solo programs for their fans.
To tell the truth, she left the group in 2003 to embark on a solo career as a singer, actress, and occasional model.
Internationally Friske is known for her roles in the films Night Watch and Day Watch as Alisa Donnikova, the witch and mistress of Zavulon, the principal character. Her most successful single was I Was, which reached the top of the Russian charts. Also her album was successful and reached the top of all Russian-speaking countries.
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Irina Saltykova, pop singer

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Irina Saltykova – beautiful singer

Irina Saltykova is a Russian singer and actress. Her maiden name is Irina Sapronova. Beautiful blonde was born on May 5, 1966 in Novomoskovsk, Tula region. Her father was a machinist, and her mother worked in a kindergarten. In her childhood Irina was engaged in artistic gymnastics. She even received prizes in the competitions.
From 1981 to 1985 she studied at the College of Building, then from 1985 to 1990 at the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics.
Pretty girl performed with the group Mirage in Saransk in 1988, then briefly worked in variete at the restaurant. After having trouble at work and in her personal life Irina decided to become a singer.
In 1994, she debuted on the concert stage of Moscow cinema Warsaw with the song Let Me Go.
On February 1, 1995 Irina recorded her first song Grey Eyes. The song composer was Oleg Molchanov, who previously worked with Natalia Vetlitskaya and wrote her hit Playboy.
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Anna Stryukova Zavorotnyuk – beautiful blonde

Anna Stryukova

Anna Stryukova Zavorotnyuk – beautiful blonde


Just a few years ago Anna Stryukova was an unknown girl. Her mother, Anastasia Zavorotnyuk is a famous Russian actress, and the girl was in her shadow. However, in 2012, everything has been turned upside down. Charming beauty, Anna Zavorotnyuk-Stryukova broke into the Russian showbiz world.
Pretty girl was born in January 1996. Her father, Dmitry Stryukov was a famous businessman and her mother, Anastasia Zavorotnyuk was a little-known actress at that time. The girl was born in Moscow, but soon moved to the United States. In Los Angeles the family of the future celebrity founded their own real estate agency.
Anastasia Zavorotnyuk appeared in the TV series My Fair Nanny in 2004 and became a real star. So, Anna returned to Moscow. Some time later, her parents divorced and Anna was sent to England. At Albion the future celebrity graduated from school and returned to the Russian capital. In Moscow she began her acting career.
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