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Category Archive: Theatre

Kirill Safonov, Russian actor

Kirill Safonov

Kirill Safonov, Russian actor


Kirill Safonov is a Russian actor, known mostly for his roles in television series, including Tatiana Day (2007), Bear Corner (2009), Conditions of Contract (2011), Brief Course of Happy Life.
The boy was born on June 21, 1973 in Ermakovskoe village, Krasnoyarsk Krai. Later the family moved to Ukrainian city Lvov, where the future actor spent his childhood and school years.
When the boy was 12 years old, his parents divorced. The mother, Russian language and literature teacher, raised three children alone. Kirill has two elder sisters. Safonov always wanted to be an actor. His first role was in a school play.
In the early 1990s, Kirill returned to Krasnoyarsk, where he entered the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts. But there he studied for a year and transferred to the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). In 1997, the actor did not play a monologue and was expelled from the institute. After leaving GITIS, Safonov found work at the Mayakovsky Theater, then at the Stanislavsky Theater.
In 1999, Kirill began to work at the Israeli theater Gesher in Tel Aviv.
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Famous Russian nannies

Famous Russian nannies

Famous Russian nannies

Russian nanny. Her image can be found in the works and memories of many famous Russian people. Sometimes becoming a full-fledged member of the family, she always stays in the shade of her pupils. Depriving herself of the own family happiness the nanny gave all the love and affection to her pupil, becoming the closest person to a child, who had lack of parental love because of etiquette rules. It was the nanny who formed the soul of her pupils. She could not teach good manners, did not know a foreign language, but she did more important things; she instilled a love and respect for the common man, Russian culture, the word.
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Most beautiful Soviet actresses

Most beautiful Soviet actresses

Most beautiful Soviet actresses


Most beautiful Soviet actresses of 60s
Zhanna Bolotova
Bolotova

Fabulous Zhanna Bolotova


On October 19, 1941 Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of Russia, Zhanna Bolotova was born. She became famous after the film by Leo Kulidzhanov and Yakov Segel – The House That I Live In. A young actress was only 16 years old at that time. Bolotova appeared in 28 films. Among her best-known films were Humans and Animals (1962) and To Love Somebody (1972), both directed by Sergey Gerasimov.
Today Zhanna is the wife of an actor and film director Nikolay Gubenko.
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Yul Brynner – American actor from Russia

Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner – American actor from Russia


Yul Brynner is an actor who was born in Russia, lived and worked in America, and his parents had Swiss citizenship. Brynner had starred in more than forty films. He was famous throughout the world, talented, rich and handsome.
Julius Briner (his real name) was born on July 11, 1920 in Vladivostok. That year was difficult for his family, as there was a civil war in the country. And four months before the boy’s birth, his grandfather, owner of mines and a transport company, died. Parents named the son in honor of the grandfather.
The first seven years of his life, Julius spent in Vladivostok. When he was 4 years old, his father left the family because of the actress of the Moscow Art Theater.
Brynner’s mother obtained permission from the Soviet authorities to travel abroad and emigrated with children to Harbin (China). Yul studied at the best school, where he showed a musical talent. At the age of 10, he played the guitar and sang. In 1932, when Japan occupied Manchuria, the mother decided to move with her children to Paris.
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Irina Metlitskaya – talented actress

Irina Metlitskaya

Irina Metlitskaya – talented actress

Irina Metlitskaya was one of the most enigmatic and talented Soviet and Russian theater and film actresses. In her short life, she had played more than thirty roles, found true love, gave birth to two wonderful sons.
Pretty girl was born on October 5, 1961 in Severodvinsk. She studied mathematics and physics at the special school. In 1978, film director Igor Dobrolyubov came to this school in search of a girl for the lead role. So he noticed awesome girl and invited Irina to star in the film Schedule For The Day After Tomorrow. This role had changed Irina’s life.
After school she entered the Physics Department of the Belarussian State University, but in a year the girl moved to Moscow. There she entered the Shchukin Theater School. After graduation in 1984, young actress joined the Contemporary theater, where she had been working for 9 years.
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Galina Grigorieva, Soviet actress

G. Grigorieva, beautiful Soviet theater and film actress

Galina Grigorieva, beautiful Soviet theater and film actress

Galina Grigorieva was Soviet theater and film actress, Honored Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (1959).
Pretty girl was born on June 28, 1917. In 1932, Galina graduated from the Moscow school. Then she studied at the Moscow Radio Engineering School for a year and at the Moscow Art Theater School. In 1932-1933 she worked as a secretary.
Later, Galina worked in the Studio Theatre. From 1949 to 1969 she was the actress of the Mayakovsky Theater.
Grigorieva played Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother and Queen of Denmark, in the famous play Hamlet (directed by Nikolai Okhlopkov). A notable role was the role of Olga Pavlova Kosogorova in the play Escape from the Night staged by Vladimir Dudin.
By the way, Galina’s most well-known roles in the movie are the role of Masha (Dubrovsky) and Maria Morevna (Kashchei Immortal). Also the actress played in the films Old House (1969), Reporter (1967), May Night, or the Drowned (1952), Mikluho-Maclay (1947), Two Bothers (1936) and others.
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Ninel Myshkova, Soviet actress

Ninel Myshkova

Ninel Myshkova, Soviet actress


Ninel Myshkova was a Soviet theater and film actress, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1976).
Pretty girl was born on May 8, 1926 in Leningrad. She was the daughter of Lieutenant-General Konstantin Romanovich Myshkov and impoverished noblewoman Natalia. In the post-revolutionary period many parents gave unusual names for their children. The father-revolutionary named his daughter Ninel – Lenin if read it backwards.
However, when the girl grew up, she asked to call her Eva, even made her debut in the movie under this name. So even Ninel’s first husband Vladimir Etush didn’t know her real name before their marriage.
The family lived in Leningrad, but later the father was transferred to Moscow, where, on Joseph Stalin’s personal order, Myshkov was given a three-room apartment on Chistye Prudy. Konstantin Romanovich heroically died near Stalingrad.
After school the girl entered the Shchukin Theater School and graduated from it in 1947. At the same time the girl played her debut role in the film For Those In Peril by Alexander Faintsimmer.
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