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Vera Komissarzhevskaya

Vera Komissarzhevskaya

Vera Komissarzhevskaya was one of the most celebrated actresses of the end of the Russian Empire.


Vera Komissarzhevskaya was born on November 8, 1864 in St. Petersburg. Her father was an actor of the Mariinsky Opera Theater and music teacher. And her mother was the daughter of the commander of the Preobrazhensky Regiment. Her parents secretly married in Tsarskoye Selo. Vera had two sisters Nadia and Olga.
Komissarzhevskaya wanted to become a doctor or an actress, as she liked to watch her father rehearsing roles.
Many famous actors, singers and composers visited the Komissarzhevskys. Little Vera often took part at home performances, she sang and acted. The girl had an excellent memory memorizing verses from the first reading.
Her parents divorced and the only way out of the difficult financial situation was her successful marriage.
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Dasha Charusha – Simonenko, actress

Dasha Charusha - Simonenko, actress

Dasha Charusha – Simonenko, actress


Dasha Charusha (Simonenko) is a Russian actress.
Pretty girl was born on August 25, 1980 in Norilsk, Russia. Daria graduated from the music college, and then decided to quit music career. So she entered the Russian University of Theater Arts (GITIS). In 2003 the girl graduated from the university.
From 2003 to 2006 she worked as an actress in Luna Theater in Moscow. For the first time Charusha appeared on the screen in the melodrama Woman in the Game Without Rules. The second role in the film Uncontrolled Drift was offered to the young actress by Georgy Shengelia.
Critics noted Dasha’s deep psychology and acting skills in the film Domino Effect. The heroine Masha experiences feelings of fear and guilt at the same time.
Her most famous roles are in Chinese remake of the film The Dawns Here Are Quiet (2005), and in Pavel Ruminov’s Dead Daughters (2007). Another interesting theatrical role was in Oleg Glushkov’s play The Rooms.
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Maria Savina – actress and last love of Turgenev

Margarita Savina actress

Margarita Savina – actress and last love of Turgenev

Actress Maria Savina was the last love of famous Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. The last four years of his life were full of high feeling and touching dreams about Savina, and a sober understanding of the hopelessness of their common future. Turgenev told about his feelings in his letters to the actress. The book Turgenev and Savina was published in 1918.
Pretty Maria was born on March 30, 1854. At the age of 7 she began to take part in the performances. 15-year-old Maria had played in all stages of provincial theaters in Bobruisk, Gomel and Nezhin. She played a variety of roles – from the small roles to the heroines of Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, Goethe, Dumas, Gogol, Ostrovsky and many others.
The scene was the life for her. Savina entered the history of Russian theater as one of the brightest stars.
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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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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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