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Vladimir Zeldin – 100-year-old Russian actor

Vladimir Zeldin – 100-year-old Russian actor

Vladimir Zeldin – 100-year-old Russian actor


Vladimir Zeldin is a Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, People’s Artist of the USSR (1975). His name is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records – he is the oldest of the living artists of the USSR, and the oldest working actor in the world.
On February 10, 2015 he celebrated his 100th birthday. And even today you can see this great actor singing and dancing on the stage!
Vladimir was born on February 10, 1915 in Tambov province into the family of a musician and a teacher. His father Mikhail Zeldin was a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, trombonist and conductor. In 1918 he became a head teacher of the Music School. Vladimir’s mother was a housewife. Zeldin has a brother and three sisters. All children in the family were musically gifted and played various musical instruments. Vladimir played trumpet, piano and violin. The boy was actively involved in sports – skiing, skating, football, volleyball, tennis.
In 1924 the family moved to Moscow.
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Pavel Mochalov – Frantic Romantic

Pavel Mochalov great Russian actor

Pavel Mochalov – great Russian actor of the Romantic era


Pavel Mochalov (15 November 1800 – 28 March 1848) was one of the greatest Russian actors of the Romantic era. He worked in the Moscow Maly Theatre. His name became legendary during his lifetime. Mochalov had played more than 250 roles.
Mochalov was born in Moscow into a family of serf actors – Stepan Fedorovich and Avdotia Ivanovna, who played in the Demidov’s home theater. In 1806 the whole family got their freedom. Pavel’s sister also was an actress. Pavel received a good education and spoke French.
In 1817 Mochalov debuted on the stage in the role of Polynices in Ozerov’s tragedy Oedipus in Athens. It was the play where his father played the role of Theseus and his sister played Antigone.
Pavel Mochalov reigned on the stage for 30 years.
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Ekaterina Strizhenova

Ekaterina Strizhenova

Ekaterina Strizhenova – beautiful actress


Ekaterina Strizhenova (nee Tokman) is a Russian theater and film actress, TV presenter.
Awesome girl was born on March 20, 1968 in Moscow. Her father, a journalist and writer, died of cancer when Katya was only six years old and her sister Victoria was twelve. Their mother was a Russian language teacher, then she worked in the presidential administration.
At the age of five Ekaterina started acting in children’s television programs and was a presenter of children’s concerts and performances. Then the little girl joined the Moscow children’s dance ensemble Kalinka.
You know, Ekaterina made her film debut in 1984. The young aspiring actress played one of the title roles in the drama Leader, directed by Boris Durov. On the set of the film Ekaterina met her future husband – Alexander Strizhenov, who also played one of the main roles in the film.
The actress graduated from the Moscow Institute of Culture.
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Zinaida Reich – wife and muse

Zinaida Reich

Zinaida Reich – Russian actress


Zinaida Reich was a Russian actress, the woman, who won the hearts of two geniuses – Sergei Yesenin and Vsevolod Meyerhold. She was called the demon woman who destroyed the lives of two brilliant men.
Pretty girl was born on June 21, 1894 in Rostov-on-Don. Her father was a Social Democrat. In 1907, due to his participation in the revolutionary events, family was expelled from Odessa. Later, in 1913, the girl became a member of the Socialist Revolutionary Party. It was difficult for her mother to get a certificate of secondary education for the daughter. After that Zinaida went to Petrograd, and her parents moved to Orel.
In Petrograd Zinaida entered the Faculty of History and Literature, where she studied foreign languages and took lessons in sculpture. After graduation, the girl worked as a secretary-typist for the Delo Naroda newspaper, where she met her future husband, Sergei Yesenin. To tell the truth, she was the muse of the poet not so long – they got married in 1918 and 4 years later the marriage broke up.
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Sergei Astakhov – talented actor

Sergei Astakhov

Sergei Astakhov – talented actor


Sergei Astakhov is a talented Russian actor, best known for his roles in numerous television series.
The future famous actor was born on May 28, 1969 in a small village Krasny Liman, Voronezh region. His father was a military man, and therefore the life of little Sergei was linked with the move. So, in early childhood, he and his family moved to Sakhalin. Sergei decided to become a soldier and was preparing to enter the Suvorov military school. At the last moment, he changed his mind and entered the local Polytechnic Institute, but left it a year later.
In 1987, Astakhov (then Kozlov, his real surname) went into the army. There he performed together with the military brass band. Two years later, in 1989, the young man returned to Voronezh and entered drama school, where he met his future wife, Victoria Adelfina.
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Darya Poverennova – Russian actress

Darya Poverennova

Darya Poverennova – Russian actress


Darya Poverennova is a Russian theater and film actress.
Pretty girl was born on June 15, 1972 in Moscow. Her father worked as a translator in the publishing house Progress and her mother Tatiana Lukyanova was a theater actress. And the beloved grandmother of the future actress Nadezhda Tyshkevich was a ballerina in the troupe of the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater. It’s interesting that the grandfather of Dasha was the legendary Soviet actor Sergei Vladimirovich Lukyanov, who played in the films Kuban Cossacks, Big Family, Rumyantsev Case and others.
When her parents divorced Dasha stayed with her mother. The girl spent her childhood in the theater. She watched her mother’s performances and was proud of her.
The future actress studied at a school where the English language was intensively studied. Parents wanted Daria to become an interpreter like her father. But in 1989, when the girl finished school, she decided to enter the Shchukin Theater School. The attempt failed. Thanks to the good knowledge of English, she worked as an interpreter for the famous director Alexander Mitta. At that time, he was working on an international project Lost in Siberia.
In 1990, Poverennova became a student of the Shchukin Theater School.
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Sergey Bezrukov – Russian actor

Sergey Bezrukov

Sergey Bezrukov – Russian actor


Sergey Bezrukov is a Russian film and theater actor, People’s Artist of Russia (2008).
He was born on October 18, 1973 in Moscow into the family of actor Vitaly Bezrukov. The boy was named after his father’s favorite poet Sergey Yesenin. Vitaly didn’t want his son to become an actor. However, when Sergey participated in school plays, Bezrukov Sr. taught his son did not play a role, but live life on the stage.
At the age of 14 Sergey acted in the play My Poor Marat.
After school Bezrukov entered the Moscow Art Theatre School, where Oleg Tabakov became his teacher. Sergey was a good student and graduated with honors.
After graduation in 1994 he joined the Tabakov Theater, where he played a lot of roles and was awarded various prizes.
In 1997, Bezrukov played the role of Yesenin in the play My Life for which he received the State Prize.
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