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Most beautiful Soviet actresses

Most beautiful Soviet actresses

Most beautiful Soviet actresses


Most beautiful Soviet actresses of 60s
Zhanna Bolotova
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Fabulous Zhanna Bolotova


On October 19, 1941 Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of Russia, Zhanna Bolotova was born. She became famous after the film by Leo Kulidzhanov and Yakov Segel – The House That I Live In. A young actress was only 16 years old at that time. Bolotova appeared in 28 films. Among her best-known films were Humans and Animals (1962) and To Love Somebody (1972), both directed by Sergey Gerasimov.
Today Zhanna is the wife of an actor and film director Nikolay Gubenko.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and his blondes

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio and his blondes


Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles (USA) on November 11, 1974. He has Russian roots. His maternal grandmother Yelena Smirnova was born in Russia. The boy was named after the great Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. While pregnant, his mother went to an art gallery and was looking at the da Vinci painting when the baby first kicked. His parents divorced when he was a year old and he lived mostly with his mother.
At the age of two and a half the boy first appeared on TV in the popular children’s show.
As a teenager, the future film actor began attending theater courses and studios. Then he studied at one of the universities in Los Angeles.
In childhood and adolescence, Leonardo starred in three dozen commercials. Also he appeared in the cult series Santa Barbara. Then there were TV series Rosanna and New Adventures of Lassie.
The real debut of DiCaprio was in the comic horror film Critters 3 in 1991. Soon he appeared in the film This Boy’s Life, in which he played along with great actor Robert De Niro.
Johnny Depp and Leonardo played together in the film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993. For his role DiCaprio was first nominated for Oscar. At that time, the actor was 19 years old.
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Yul Brynner – American actor from Russia

Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner – American actor from Russia


Yul Brynner is an actor who was born in Russia, lived and worked in America, and his parents had Swiss citizenship. Brynner had starred in more than forty films. He was famous throughout the world, talented, rich and handsome.
Julius Briner (his real name) was born on July 11, 1920 in Vladivostok. That year was difficult for his family, as there was a civil war in the country. And four months before the boy’s birth, his grandfather, owner of mines and a transport company, died. Parents named the son in honor of the grandfather.
The first seven years of his life, Julius spent in Vladivostok. When he was 4 years old, his father left the family because of the actress of the Moscow Art Theater.
Brynner’s mother obtained permission from the Soviet authorities to travel abroad and emigrated with children to Harbin (China). Yul studied at the best school, where he showed a musical talent. At the age of 10, he played the guitar and sang. In 1932, when Japan occupied Manchuria, the mother decided to move with her children to Paris.
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Marina Dyuzheva – Russian actress

Marina Dyuzheva

Marina Dyuzheva – Russian actress


Marina Dyuzheva is a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress. You know, she has played in more than 50 films.
Pretty girl was born on October 9, 1955 in Moscow. Her father was an officer in the Soviet Army, and the mother was a housewife.
Marina’s favorite subject at school was literature. After school her friend decided to enter the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and invited Marina to go together. And then a miracle happened, Marina entered the academy. It is noteworthy that the friend was frightened and changed her mind.
Early in the career she starred under her maiden name – Kukushkina. Children’s adventure film The Secret City and the melodrama Re-wedding became the first films of the actress.
The best of her roles were in the films Domestic Circumstances and Pokrovsky Gates, as well as The Tavern on Pyatnitskaya, Mimino, At the End of Summer, State Border, Moscow Holidays. These films are rightfully included in the gold fund of Soviet and Russian cinematography.
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Igor Jijikine, Russian-American actor

Igor Jijikine

Igor Jijikine, Russian-American actor


Igor Jijikine is a Russian and American actor and producer. He is best known for the role of Colonel Dovchenko in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The boy was born on October 8, 1965 in Moscow. He served in the Soviet Special Forces from 1982 to 1984. In the army he made friends with the guys who were circus performers and decided to enter the Moscow Regional Institute of Physical Education. After graduation Igor became a performer at the Moscow Circus. In 1989 as a member of the trope he went to the USA and stayed there. The young man settled in Las Vegas. The first year there was very hard for him. He spent nights on a bench in the park, moonlighting as a janitor, a lawn mower, a bouncer.
In 1990, he was invited to the musical Turn On The Night, where the boy silently walk on the stage. But the next year Igor played a key character – Samson – in the musical Jubilee. In 1995, when the Jubilee was removed from the repertoire, the artist joined the famous Circus du Soleil.
To improve his professional skills, the actor entered the theater school in Nevada, where he studied for two years.
Early in his career Igor often starred for free in the films by young directors – the students of the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Irina Metlitskaya – talented actress

Irina Metlitskaya

Irina Metlitskaya – talented actress

Irina Metlitskaya was one of the most enigmatic and talented Soviet and Russian theater and film actresses. In her short life, she had played more than thirty roles, found true love, gave birth to two wonderful sons.
Pretty girl was born on October 5, 1961 in Severodvinsk. She studied mathematics and physics at the special school. In 1978, film director Igor Dobrolyubov came to this school in search of a girl for the lead role. So he noticed awesome girl and invited Irina to star in the film Schedule For The Day After Tomorrow. This role had changed Irina’s life.
After school she entered the Physics Department of the Belarussian State University, but in a year the girl moved to Moscow. There she entered the Shchukin Theater School. After graduation in 1984, young actress joined the Contemporary theater, where she had been working for 9 years.
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Ksenia Buravskaya – beautiful actress

Ksenia Buravskaya

Ksenia Buravskaya – beautiful actress


Ksenia Buravskaya is a Russian actress.
Pretty girl was born on September 29, 1977 in Moscow but then the family moved to France. At the age of 16, Ksenia and her father (director and playwright Alexander Buravsky) left France for the USA.
In New York Buravskaya graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the William Esper Studio.
The girl began to play in the United States, but then she returned to Russia. Awesome girl debuted in American films Soon and Russian In The City of Angels. Then she was invited to the Russian TV series Dear Masha Berezina. In the TV series Bachelors, she played along with famous actors Marat Basharov and Dmitry Pevtsov.
The role of Katya in the television crime drama series Palmist (Hiromant, 2005) made Ksenia famous.
You know, she was invited to play the role of Maya in the Russian film Moscow Chill as an English speaking actress. The partner of the young actress was the Hollywood actor Norman Reedus, the star of the film The Boondock Saints.
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