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Svetlana Svetlichnaya – Beauty of Soviet cinema

Svetlana Svetlichnaya

Svetlana Svetlichnaya – Beauty of Soviet cinema

Svetlana Svetlichnaya is a Soviet Russian theater and film actress, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1974).
Glamorous actress was born in the city of Leninakan (now Gyumri, Armenia), Soviet Union on May 15, 1940. Her father was the military man, so the family often moved from town to town. Little girl went to school in Ohtyrka, Sumy region and in 1958 she graduated from school in Sovietsk, Kaliningrad region. Then Svetlana was sent to Moscow by her mother to study at the Film Institute. After graduation in 1963 she became an actress at the Actors Studio Theatre.
Her classmates were Vladimir Nosik, Andron Konchalovsky and Galina Polsky. By the middle of the first year she had become not only the most popular first-year student, but also the main favorite of the mentor. At the same time, Sveta met her first love.
In 1960 Svetlichnaya debuted in the film Lullaby by Mikhail Kalik. Also, as a student, she played in the films Resurrection (the role of Katyusha Maslova), The Salem Process (Elizabeth Procter) and Cossacks (Maryanka).
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Irina Apeksimova, actress

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Irina Apeksimova


Irina Apeksimova is a Russian theater and film actress, singer, theater director and television presenter.
Beautiful girl was born on January 13, 1966 in Volgograd into the family of musicians. She was the second child in the family, her older brother is Valery Svet. Now he is a jazz composer and pianist and lives in the United States. Their father was a piano tutor at first at music school, then at a conservatory, and mother was a choirmaster at the Theater of Musical Comedy and later a choir conductor at a conservatory. So children were surrounded by talented people.
As a child Irina spent a lot of time at the musical theater, where she did her homework and played. When Irina was eight years old her parents divorced and her mother took the girl and moved to Odessa. After graduating from school Irina went to Moscow to enter the Moscow Art Theater School. But the girl was rejected because of her Odessa accent. Apeksimova returned to Odessa and entered the Odessa Academic Theater of Musical Comedy.
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Elena Proklova, actress

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Elena Proklova – Russian actress


Elena Proklova is a Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, Lenin Komsomol Prize winner (1977), Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1984).
Pretty girl was born on September 2, 1953 in Moscow into the family of teachers. But her parents’ friends were artists and actors, her great-grandmother and her grandfather were actors, too. The place, where they lived, was located in the suburban village of scientists, artists and performers. However, relatives did not think she would become an actress.
At the age of four the girl was engaged in gymnastics and at the age of eleven she became a master of sports.
Her film debut took place when the girl was 12 years old. Grandfather Victor Proklov was the second director of the film Ringing, Open the Door (1965) and he had to find a young actress to play the lead role. A family friend, also a filmmaker, offered to invite his granddaughter. For her first role the young actress received the International Award. Lena’s work was named the best female role of the year, according to Mosfilm workers.
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Natalya Belokhvostikova, actress

Natalya Belokhvostikova actress

Natalya Belokhvostikova – Soviet actress


Natalya Belokhvostikova is a Soviet and Russian actress, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1984), winner of two State Prizes of the USSR (1971, 1985).
Beautiful girl was born on July 28, 1951 in Moscow into the family of a prominent Soviet diplomat Nikolai Belokhvostikov. He had the rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and worked in Canada, the UK, Sweden. Her mother, Antonina Belokhvostikova worked as a translator. Nikolai and Antonina met in Canada. After a business trip their daughter was born. 11-month-old aspiring actress was taken to England where she spent five years. Then the girl was sent to her grandmother, to Moscow, where she entered the school.
By the way, Natalya’s debut in the movie took place in 1965. She went to her parents, who were in Stockholm, to spend her holidays with them. At that time film director Mark Donskoi filmed A Mother’s Heart, the film about Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova. He saw Natalya and invited her to play the role of Maria Ulyanova. It was a small episode, which later greatly influenced the fate of the actress.
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Ludmila Savelieva – actress and ballerina

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Ludmila Savelieva – beautiful actress


Ludmila Savelieva is a Soviet – Russian film and theater actress, ballerina, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1985).
Beautiful girl was born on January 24, 1942 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia) just during the Siege. That’s why her childhood was hungry.
In 1962, the girl graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. And in the same year she became a member of the Kirov Theater in Leningrad, which is called the Mariinsky Theatre now.
Later, in 1964, Savelieva began to appear in films. Pretty actress made her film debut in Sleeping Beauty (1964). According to Soviet Screen magazine she was recognized as the best actress in 1966.
The role of Natasha Rostova in the movie by director Sergei Bondarchuk War and Peace, based on eponymous Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece, brought the actress worldwide fame. It was her first main role. The film had been producing over six years, from 1961 to 1967, at an estimated cost of $100,000,000.
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Marina Orlova, actress

Marina Orlova actress

Marina Orlova – beautiful actress

Marina Orlova is a Russian theater and film actress, singer, composer and poet, TV and radio presenter. What is more, she is a member of the Guild of Hollywood actors (SAG-AFTRA) and the guild of composers and screenwriters in Italy (SIAE).
Beautiful girl was born on March 25, 1986 in Pyatigorsk, Russia. Her mother worked as a French and German teacher, and her father is a musician (accordion). In childhood she was very fond of music and could repeat any tune. In the early years, Marina had a unique low voice. At the age of three she wrote her first song Lullaby. 20 years later the song sounded in the famous television series Native People. Marina’s heroine Olga Kuznetsova sang it to her son Sergei.
9-year-old Marina entered music school and the next day she represented the school at the music competition Rising Star. By the way, she became a winner. After her victory, the young singer was invited to all city competitions and concerts.
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Miroslava Karpovich, actress

Miroslava Karpovich actress

Miroslava Karpovich – Russian actress


Miroslava Karpovich is a Russian theater and film actress, best known for her role of Maria Vasnetsova in the famous TV series Daddy’s Daughters on STS channel. Charming girl is also a model.
Beautiful girl was born on March 1, 1989 in Berdyansk, USSR. She has a younger brother Andrei and sister Kristina. Her childhood Miroslava spent in a village.
“There were a lot of apple and cherry trees in the yard. And in the spring, when they blossomed, it was very beautiful.”
By the way, Miroslava dreamed of becoming an actress since her childhood.
In 2006 the girl graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School. During her studies, she constantly participated in performances of the Moscow Art Theatre. Actually, she acted in Pyshka by Georgy Tovstonogov, where she played Mademoiselle Phi-Phi and Madlen in Don’t Part With Ones you Love by Viktor Rijakov. For the role in the play You by Victor Ryzhakov the girl received a Golden Leaf award as the Best Actress.
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