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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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Yuliya Peresild, actress

Yuliya Peresild

Yuliya Peresild – Russian actress


Yuliya Peresild is a Russian theater and film actress.
Pretty girl was born on September 5, 1984 in Pskov, Russia. Her mother worked as a teacher in kindergarten. And her father is a talented painter – iconographer.
In her childhood Yuliya loved to sing and was a member of the local musical group Equalizer. At the age of eleven the girl went to Moscow to take part in the children’s TV show Morning Star. Since then she had dreamed of living in the capital.
In 2001, Peresild met an interesting and creative person – Sergey Rakhmanov. They created a duet Night Platform and performed in military units, orphanages and nursing homes.
After graduating from school Yuliya entered the Pskov Pedagogical Institute, Russian Philology Department. A year later the girl went to Moscow and entered the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts.
Then, in 2007, Peresild became an actress of the Theater of Nations. Now Yuliya collaborates with the School of Modern Play, Moscow Theater of Drama on Malaya Bronnaya and Yevgeny Mironov’s theater company.
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Larissa Guzeyeva, actress

Larissa Guzeyeva, actress

Larissa Guzeyeva, actress


Larissa Guzeyeva is a talented Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, bright TV presenter, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1994). In addition, she is a member of the public organization Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation. Talented woman was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in 2011.
Cute girl was born on May 23, 1959 in Orenburg Region, USSR. The girl was brought up by her mother, who was a teacher, and her stepfather, so she got a strict upbringing. Since childhood, Larissa dreamed of becoming an actress.
After school, she went to Leningrad to enter the Theatre Institute.
In 1984 Guzeyeva graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theater, Music and Cinema and was sent to the Orenburg Oblast Drama Theatre. Her first starring role in the film was the role of Larissa Ogudalova in the movie Cruel Romance directed by Eldar Ryazanov. Since that she has become famous and popular.
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Natalya Seleznyova

Natalya Seleznyova

Natalya Seleznyova


Natalya Seleznyova is a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (1996).
Pretty girl was born on June 19, 1945 in Moscow. Her father, Igor Seleznyov, was known photographer in the Soviet Union, and her mother, Elena Polinkovskaya was a popular artist. The family’s favorite writer was Leo Tolstoy, and the girl was named in honor of Natasha Rostova.
When the girl was only 6 years old, the famous actor Mikhail Mayorov invited her to the Soviet Army Theater. Little girl got the role of the main character in the play Thirty Pieces of Silver, which the young actress performed for 3 years in a row.
Because of the filming in the movies, the girl had to change schools several times. One year Natasha even studied in Leningrad and lived with her mother in a hotel. After graduating from school in 1963, the girl entered the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. Then Seleznyova became an actress of the Moscow Academic Satire Theater. Anatoly Papanov, Andrei Mironov and Spartak Mishulin performed in the same theater.
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Olga Kabo, actress

Olga Kabo – Soviet and Russian actress

Olga Kabo – Soviet and Russian actress


Olga Kabo is a Soviet and Russian actress, Honored Artist of Russia (2002), a member of the Russian Stuntmen’s Association (1996).
Pretty girl was born on January 28, 1968 in Moscow into the family of engineers. Her grandfather was a Secretary of the Central Committee of Youth of Ukraine. In 1937 he was arrested and sent to Kolyma. There he married and only after rehabilitation returned to Moscow, where his son Igor was born. During the Great Patriotic War, his relatives in Ukraine were shot by the occupiers.
From an early age Olga was engaged in many artistic activities: she studied ballroom dance, rhythmic gymnastics, and even entered the cosmonaut’s studio. The girl studied English at a special school with advanced English courses. And she attended art and musical schools, later the Moscow conservatory.
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Margarita Terekhova

Margarita Terekhova

Margarita Terekhova


Margarita Terekhova is a Soviet and Russian actress and film director, People’s Artist of Russia (1996). She is best known for her roles in The Mirror (1975) directed by Andrey Tarkovskiy, in the popular TV series The Dog in the Manger (1977) and D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978).
Beautiful girl was born on August 25, 1942 in Turinsk, Sverdlovsk region.
Since 1959 Margarita studied at the Tashkent University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Two years later she left the university and went to Moscow, where she studied at A. Zavadsky Theater Studio.
After her graduation in 1964 she became an actress of Mossovet Theatre, where she had been working for many years (with a break – from 1983 to 1987). There her stage partners were famous actors including Faina Ranevskaya, Vera Maretskaya, Valentina Talyzina, Olga Ostroumova, Larisa Kuznetsova, Yuri Zavadsky, Valentin Gaft, Georgi Taratorkin, Evgeniy Steblov and other notable Russian actors.
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