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Ksenia Lavrova-Glinka

Ksenia Lavrova-Glinka - Russian actress

Ksenia Lavrova-Glinka – Russian actress


Ksenia (or Xenia) Lavrova-Glinka is a Russian film and theater actress.
Pretty girl was born on October 14, 1977 in Kimry, Tver region. The talented actress is the heir of a true theatrical dynasty. Her grandfather was a theater actor. And his son, the father of the actress, continued the family tradition, having achieved the title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation. Even when Lavrova married, she decided to keep her surname.
Over time, the girl began to play on stage with her father. At first, she had wordless roles, and then she had the opportunity to play her first serious role. One of the leading actresses of a small theater fell ill and Lavrov gave the role to his own daughter. At that time, the young actress was only fifteen years old.
Despite involvement in the theater world, initially Xenia did not plan to become an actress. In her childhood, she dreamed of becoming a policewoman. Only in the eleventh grade the girl realized that she did not see her life without the theater.
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Nina Agapova, Soviet and Russian actress

Nina Agapova, Soviet and Russian actress

Nina Agapova, Soviet and Russian actress


Nina Agapova is a Soviet and Russian actress, Honored Artist of Russia (1987).
Pretty girl was born on May 30, 1926 in Moscow. Her parents were from the village in Kolomna, they came to Moscow to find work. You know, her father died from tuberculosis in August 1945. At the age of 15 the future actress joined the Russian Folk Choir under the direction of P.G. Yarkov. Cute girl was a participant of the front concert brigades. She performed in the Far East, in Asia, in the Crimea and even on the Karelian front.
She graduated from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in 1951.
In 1994 Nina became an actress of the Moscow Drama Company Wandering Stars, under the direction of the actor and director Pavel Tikhomirov. Nina Fedorovna began singing again. And Boris Andreyev advised her to perform in the operetta.
In the movie Agapova debuted in 1950 in the film Donetsk Miners. Since her youth she played either foreign women, or “ladies with charm”. Agapova’s main roles were only in musicals and vaudevillians of the Theater-Studio, but not in the films. Nevertheless, the audience remembered and fell in love with her. You know, the actress played over 100 roles in films.
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Lilia Amarfy, Princess of Operetta

Lilia Amarfy, Princess of Operetta

Lilia Amarfy, Princess of Operetta


Lilia Amarfy was a Soviet and Russian operetta actress, the soloist of the Moscow Operetta Theatre. By the way, she was Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1983) and People’s Artist of Russia (1998).
Pretty girl was born on November 8, 1949 in Orhei, Moldavian SSR. At the age of 6 the girl began singing. The first music lessons were in the music school. Also she was engaged in dances. Then Lilia was the leading performer of the national ensemble Codru, directed by Vasily Asaulyak, and sang jazz. The ensemble took the first places in the most prestigious republican and all-union competitions and festivals, and successfully performed abroad.
The young actress performed all over Moldavia together with Vasily Asaulyak’s orchestra. And in 1966, the gala concert took place in the Kremlin Palace of Congresses.
In 1967, Lilia came to Moscow to enter the university. And in 1972 she graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
Since 1972, she regularly starred in the program Lovers of Operetta.
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Lubov Polischuk, People’s Artist of Russia

Lubov Polischuk, Peoples Artist of Russia

Lubov Polischuk, People’s Artist of Russia


Lubov Polischuk was a Russian and Soviet theater and film actress, theater activist and teacher. By the way, she was Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1986), People’s Artist of Russia (1994).
Pretty girl was born on May 21, 1949 in Omsk, Soviet Union. Since childhood she dreamed of becoming an actress, she loved to dance and sing. Because of her too high growth, she was not accepted into the ballet school. Then Lyuba joined the school choir, becoming its soloist.
In 1967 she graduated from the All-Russia workshops of pop art. The actress went to the Moscow Theatre of Miniatures in 1980s. Later, she played in the theater School of Modern Drama.
In the movie, Lubov debuted in 1973, in the film Starling and Lyre directed by Grigori Aleksandrov.
To tell the truth, the actress became famous after the premiere of the movie The Twelve Chairs in 1976. It was an episode in which she danced the tango with the main character played by Andrey Mironov.
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Maria Mashkova, Russian actress

Maria Mashkova, Russian actress

Maria Mashkova, Russian actress


Maria Mashkova is a Russian film and theater actress.
Pretty girl was born on April 19, 1985 in Novosibirsk. Masha was born into a family of actors. Her mother Elena Shevchenko is a theater and film actress. And her father Vladimir Mashkov is an actor and film director, People’s Artist of Russia. The little girl was brought up by her grandparents, because her parents went to Moscow to study at the theater universities. When Maria was two years old her parents divorced. After the divorce, Vladimir Mashkov got married another woman. Elena Shevchenko also married for the second time and gave birth to two sons: Nikita (born in 1994) and Vsevolod (born in 2002).
By the way, Maria played her debut role of Lavinia in the film by Vladimir Grammatikov A Little Princess when she was 11 years old.
In 1992, Masha moved to live with her mother in Moscow. At the age of seven, she acted in the play Victoria based on the play by Terence Rettigena (directed by Andrei Goncharov). And in 2002, when she studied in the eleventh grade of a secondary school, Maria played the main role in the play Baumeister Solness directed by Tatyana Akhramkova.
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Marina Neyolova, Soviet and Russian actress

Marina Neyolova, Soviet and Russian actress

Marina Neyolova, Soviet and Russian actress


Marina Neyolova is a Soviet and Russian film and theater actress, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1987). She has appeared in 37 films since 1969. Her best-known roles were in such films as Monologue (1972), Mistakes of Youth (1978), Autumn Marathon (1979), The Barber of Siberia (1998), Azazel (2002).
Pretty girl was born on January 8, 1947 in Leningrad. At the age of 4 she began studying ballet. Since her childhood, Marina dreamed of becoming an actress.
In 1969 Neyolova graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music, and Cinematography (LGITMIK). As a student Marina debuted in the film The Old Old Story.
Later, in 1971, Marina moved to Moscow and got work at the Mossovet Theatre. Three years later she joined the Sovremennik Theatre. Since then, her professional life was connected with this theater. The role in the play Valentin and Valentina became a successful debut.
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Nataliya Antonova, actress

Nataliya Antonova - Russian actress

Nataliya Antonova – Russian actress


Nataliya Antonova is a Russian film and theater actress.
She was born on March 12, 1974 in Moscow into the family of a serviceman and a teacher-philologist. In her school days Natalia did not think about acting career, dreaming of becoming a ballerina. But because of excess weight the childhood dream did not come true.
After school, Nataliya decided to become an actress. Her younger sister Svetlana Antonova and cousin Oleg Mosalev are actors too.
In 1997 Antonova played at the Gogol Theatre (Moscow Theatre named after Nikolay Gogol).
Nataliya made her debut in the movie in 1997 in the films My First Teacher and At The Dawn Of The Misty Youth. Then she starred in TV series: Kamenskaya (Elina Bartos), Ugra’s Gold, Three Against All, Open Season 2, Autumn Blues.
By the way, in 2001, Antonova’s five-year-old son first appeared in the film Brigada.
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