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Valentina Serova, Soviet actress

Valentina Serova, Soviet actress

Valentina Serova, Soviet actress


Valentina Serova was one of the most popular actresses of the Soviet Union of the late 30s and early 40s. When the film A Girl with a Character appeared on the screens the actress became popular. You know, she was the muse of the famous poet Konstantin Simonov, Marilyn Monroe of the Soviet cinema. This woman should be thanked for the touching poem Wait For Me, which gave strength to millions of men during the battles of the Great Patriotic War.
Valentina Polovikova (her maiden name) was born on December 23, 1917 (according to other sources in 1919) in Kharkov. When the girl was 6 years old, the mother took her daughter and moved to Moscow. 10-year-old Valentina debuted in the play The Time Will Come based on the drama by Romain Rolland. To tell the truth, she played the role of a young boy named David, the son of the main character.
Valentina studied acting at the Central College of Performing Arts (1933-1934). Teenagers who were under 16 couldn’t enter the college, so the girl corrected her birth year and December 23, 1919 became her official date of birth.
Pretty girl began her career at the Lenkom Theatre, where she worked from 1933 to 1941, 1943-1950, 1959-1964.
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Maria Leonova, actress

Maria Leonova

Maria Leonova, actress


Maria Leonova was born on August 6, 1974 in Moscow.
In 1997 she graduated from the Shchukin Theatre School. By the way, there Maria met her future husband. A handsome young man was very attractive to many girls. Maria wasn’t impressed, but Daniil fell in love with her at first sight.
After graduation from the Shchukin Theatre School Leonova and Strakhov joined the Gogol Theatre (1998-2002).
In 2001 Leonova made her debut in the movie Ordinary Days.
After living together for four years, Daniil and Maria got married. They didn’t have a luxury wedding as young actors didn’t have money for the celebration.
To tell the truth, Maria is better known as famous actor Daniil Strakhov’s wife. There were rumors that Daniil had a love affair with actress Elena Korikova. But the actor did not leave his wife and his marriage remained unbreakable.
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Daniil Strakhov, Russian actor

Daniil Strakhov, Russian actor

Daniil Strakhov, Russian actor

Daniil Strakhov is a Russian film and theater actor. By the way, he is the best known for his role of Vladimir Ivanovich Korf in the television series Poor Nastya and Captain Lisnevsky in Transit.
The boy was born on March 2, 1976 in Moscow. His father is a Russian poet, philologist, linguist (Alexander Strakhov lives in the U.S., in Boston) and his mother is a psychotherapist. The parents divorced when the boy was very young and he spent most of his childhood living with his grandparents.
Little Daniil was interested in cinema and theatre. So in 1993 he entered the Moscow Art Theater School. A year later he was transferred to the Shchukin Theatre School.
In 1996, as a student, Daniil debuted in the film. He appeared in the film The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui directed by Boris Blank. The film was based on the play by Bertolt Brecht. You know, the film was awarded at the film festival Window to Europe and received three Nika film awards.
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Yulia Samoylenko, actress

Yulia Samoylenko, actress

Yulia Samoylenko, actress

Yulia Samoylenko is a Russian film and theatre actress. In 2006 the girl graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS). And in the same year she joined the Mayakovsky Theater.
Pretty girl was born on August 21, 1985.
In 2004 Samoylenko played the role of Gutiere in the TV series The Sea Devil, based on the novel The Amphibian Man by Alexander Belyaev. Also she starred in many films, including Silent Witness (2007), Chas Volkova (2007), Univer (TV series, 2008-2010), While Fern is Blooming (2012) and many others.
By the way, Yulia has played in many performances: Cupids in the Snow, Marriage, Karamazov, Dead Souls, The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood (The Snow Queen), Frontier and others.
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Yulia Agafonova, Russian actress

Yulia Agafonova

Yulia Agafonova, Russian actress


Yulia Agafonova is a Russian film and theater actress.
Pretty girl was born on June 18, 1981 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Her parents had no relation to art, but the girl dreamed about her acting career and fame. After school Yulia went to the capital and entered the Moscow Art Theatre School.
Now the girl works in the Moscow La’Theatre. The actress acted in many plays, including Eternity And A Day, Off One’s Rocker, Dangerous Liaisons by Sergey Vinogradov, Glass Dust and Rumors by Vadim Dubovitsky, Paris Asleep by T. Ahramkova.
Since 2004 she has played more than 20 roles in films, including main roles in Book Thieves, Ermolovs, Mother’s Voice and many others.
In 2004 Yulia played her debut role in the musical film Book Thieves directed by Leonid Rybakov. This amazing story tells about the life of a modern girl and her friends, young people who do not want to put up with gray routine and boredom, eager to escape from the real world into the world of dreams and fantasies.
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Lyubov Tikhomirova, Russian actress

Lyubov Tikhomirova

Lyubov Tikhomirova, Russian actress


Lyubov Tikhomirova is a Russian film and theater actress. Since 2007, she is a comic actress of the TV show Thank God You Came on STS channel.
Pretty girl was born on September 7, 1978 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Little Lyuba was very fond of dancing. She was engaged in ballet. Perhaps the biography of Tikhomirova would have developed differently, and she would have become a ballerina if she had not once seen in the film Anna Pavlova, how the ballerinas had been beaten for the mistakes. In addition to dances, Lyuba was fond of rhythmic gymnastics and achieved serious success. At the age of 10 the girl left ballet and gymnastics entered the theater studio.
In 1995 Lyubov worked in the Plastic Drama Theatre.
Later, in 2000, she graduated from the Schukin Theatre College. In 2000-2008 she was the actress of the Satyricon Theater.
In 2000-2006 she was a co-host of the TV program Military Store on the Channel One.
The actress became popular after television series Sisters (as Masha), Regional-Scale Detectives (as Lena), and My Love (several roles).
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Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress

Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress

Vera Alentova, Soviet and Russian actress


Vera Alentova is a Russian theatre and film actress, who became famous for her leading role in the Soviet internationally acclaimed drama Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980) directed by her husband Vladimir Menshov. The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. The actress received San Michele prize as Best Actress (1981) at the Film Festival in Brussels for her role. Besides, Alentova was awarded Honored Artist of Russia (1982) and People’s Artist of Russia (1992) titles. Also she received the Order of Friendship in 2001 and Order of Honor in 2007.
Pretty girl was born on February 21, 1942 in Kotlas, Arkhangelsk region, into the family of actors. Her father died when Vera was only four years old. After the death of her husband, the mother decided to move to Ukraine, to the city of Krivoy Rog, where the future actress went to school. Alentova secretly dreamed of becoming an actress, but her mother was categorically against such a profession.
From Ukraine the family moved to Uzbekistan, and then to Altai. There, the future actress at the insistence of her mother tried to enter a medical institute, but she did not have enough knowledge to pass the exams successfully. Nevertheless, Vera did not give up her dream and with the help of her stepfather joined the troupe of the local theater.
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