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Anna Chipovskaya, Russian actress

Anna Chipovskaya

Anna Chipovskaya, Russian actress


Anna Chipovskaya is a Russian film and theater actress.
Pretty girl was born on June 16, 1987 in Moscow into the family of the Vakhtangov Theater actress Olga Chipovskaya and jazz musician Boris Frumkin. Her parents divorced. Now Boris Frumkin lives in Berlin and comes to Russia only on tour.
As a child Anna dreamed of becoming an actress. But her parents and grandparents wanted her to be a translator and Anna entered the linguistic school. By the way, Chipkovskaya worked in a modeling agency.
Despite the fact that Anna graduated from high school, her dream had not changed and she decided to enter the drama school.
In 2009 she graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School and was accepted into the troupe. Awesome girl made her debut in the play Amadeus. You know, Anna played in many plays, including Dance of the Albatross, Belugin’s Marriage, Olesya, Crazy Day or The Marriage of Figaro, Wolves and Sheep, Wonderland-80.
The actress refused to play in the sensational Hipsters, because she didn’t want to interrupt her studies. Oksana Akinshina played the role and became famous.
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Evgenia Kryukova, Russian actress

Evgenia Kryukova, Russian actress

Evgenia Kryukova, Russian actress


Evgenia Kryukova is a Soviet-Russian theater and film actress, Honored Artist of Russia (2005). Since 2016, she is a designer of women’s clothing, and also makes ceramics.
Pretty girl was born on June 11, 1971 in Moscow into the family of engineers.
After school she entered the Moscow Institute of Architecture, but left it.
In 1988 Kryukova became an artist at the Moscow Youth Theater. Then she married actor Mikhail Zhukov, with whom she began to appear on stage as an actress. Her husband helped her acting career.
In 1990 Evgenia entered the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). One day she was invited to star in a movie at Belarusfilm studio. However, her debut in the movie did not take place, but the desire to become an actress became stronger.
For the first time Kryukova appeared in the movie in 1990. She was invited to play in a film by French director Francis Leroy, who came to Moscow. Then Karen Shakhnazarov invited her to play the role of Princess Tatiana in the film Assassin of the Tsar.
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Slava Polunin, great clown

Slava Polunin, great clown

Slava Polunin, great clown

Slava Polunin is a Soviet and Russian actor, director, clown, mime. He is People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (2001). You know, he is the creator of the stage spectacles, Asisyai-revue, Slava’s Snowshow and Diabolo. By the way, Polunin is generally recognized as one of the greatest living clowns. Outstanding man has climbed to the top of his chosen profession.
The boy was born on June 12, 1950 in Novosil, Orel region.
He graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Culture and from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
In 1968, he founded the mime theater Play-Makers, which became popular in the 1980s all over the Soviet Union. Moreover, he was the organizer of the Mime-parade (1982), the All-Union Festival of Street Theaters (1987), the First All-Union Festival Congress of Fools (1988). Also he is one of the main founders of the Academy of Fools.
Since 1988 Polunin has been working mainly abroad. Actually, he lived in London. Now Slava lives near Paris in the Yellow Mill estate.
In 1991 he became an artist of the Canadian Cirque du Soleil. He staged 30 show-performances.
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Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Popular dramatic actress Lydia Yavorskaya is one of the most controversial figures in the theater world of the early 20th century. Her amazing efficiency and purposefulness were combined with vanity, egocentrism and ambition. Theater critic Suvorin called her a deceitful creature, woven of pretense and envy. Chekhov considered her to be an intelligent woman, but an overly loud and mannered actress. Despite this, there were rumors that they were lovers and that Yavorskaya became a prototype for the actress Arkadina from Chekhov’s Seagull.
Lidia Borisovna von Hübbenet was born on July 22 (August 3), 1871 in Kiev. Her father was a chief of police.
Little girl dreamed of becoming an actress and was happy to take part in amateur, home and charity performances. Yavorskaya’s first performance took place in February 1880.
After graduating from the Kiev gymnasium, she went to Petersburg and enrolled in the dramatic courses of V. Davydov. Lydia was not admitted to the Alexandrinsky Theater. But she did not abandon her goal and went to Paris, where she was taught by the actor of the Comedie Française Theater.
It is said that Lydia married someone called Yavorski while in Kiev, that he was a drunk and/or womanizer, and the girl quickly divorced him.
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Dmitriy Nagiev – actor, TV presenter

Dmitriy Nagiev

Dmitriy Nagiev – actor, TV presenter


Dmitriy Nagiev is a musician, singer, showman, TV and radio host, DJ. By the way, he is a talented actor and one of the most popular show-business figures in Russia. You know, he is called the main macho man of Russian show business.
The boy was born on April 4, 1967 in Leningrad. After the First World War, to save himself from hunger, the grandfather of the actor Guram left his homeland Iran and moved to Turkmenistan together with the family. As a result, only 9-year-old Guram survived. The boy was sent to an orphanage. Gertruda Sopke became the wife of Guram and gave birth to their son Vladimir Nagiev, the father of the future star. Dmitriy’s maternal grandfather was a very famous person, since he worked as the first secretary of the CPSU in Petrograd.
After school, the boy entered the Technical Institute, the Faculty of Automation and Computer Engineering. Then he went to the army. And in 1991 Dmitriy graduated from the Leningrad State University of Theatre, Music and Cinematography.
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Evgeny Leonov, Soviet-Russian actor

Evgeny Leonov, Soviet-Russian actor

Evgeny Leonov, Soviet-Russian actor


Evgeny Leonov was a famous Soviet-Russian actor, best known for main roles in comedies. By the way, he was People’s Artist of the USSR (1978), laureate of the State Prize of the USSR (1976) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1992). Also Evgeny voiced many Soviet cartoon characters, including Vinny Pukh (Winnie the Pooh).
The boy was born on September 2, 1926 into a typical Moscow family – his father was an aviation engineer and his mother was a housewife.
You know, Evgeny dreamed of becoming a war-plane pilot, which was a very common desire of many boys of the World War II period. During the war his school studies were interrupted by the invasion of the Nazi Armies. Little Evgeny became a metalworker.
At the beginning of the war, the future actor entered the Aviation Technical School, but he did not finish it. The boy became interested in amateur performances.
One day Leonov decided to become a professional actor. At an entrance exam Evgeny presented monologues from Anton Chekhov and Mikhail Zoschenko. After finishing the prepared monologues Leonov was asked to perform something else. “Something else is even worse”, he replied. His words caused an explosion of laughter. The State Commission saw his great potential, and Leonov became a student of the Moscow State Theatre Studio.
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Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova – Sudeikina was a symbolic figure of the Silver Age. She was an actress, dancer, painter, sculptor, translator and one of the first Russian fashion models. People called her Beauty of the Silver Age, Columbine, Decadence Fairy.
Pretty girl was born on May 27, 1885 in St. Petersburg.
In 1905 she graduated from the Imperial Theatre School and joined the Alexandrinsky Theatre. There she became the favorite pupil of Konstantin Varlamov.
A yhear later, in 1906, Olga met the love of her life – the artist Sergei Sudeikin, and went to Moscow with him. In January 1907 they got married. You know, Olga was happy, but the idyll was broken. Poet Mikhail Kuzmin appeared in their family life. She participated in Kuzmin’s musical performances, costumes and decorations were made by Sergei Sudeikin. Mikhail became not just Sergei’s close friend, but his… lover. Olga was disappointed. The couple broke up in late 1915.
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