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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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Marina Yesipenko, Russian actress

Marina Yesipenko, Russian actress

Marina Yesipenko, Russian actress


Marina Yesipenko is a Russian actress, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2001). By the way, in the 90s, the girl together with actor Yevgeny Knyazev were the hosts of the prestigious award ceremony Crystal Turandot. In 2016, she received the title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.
Pretty girl was born on July 30, 1965 in Omsk.
In 1987, she graduated from the Shchukin Theater School. After graduation the girl joined the State Academic Theater.
You know, Marina played in numerous performances, including Glass of Water, Princess Turandot, The Lady Without Camelias, Guilty Without Guilt, The Queen of Spades, The Lion in Winter, Night of the Iguana, Othello, Just a Gigolo, Masquerade, Mademoiselle Nitouche and many others.
Since 2004, Marina and Oleg Mitiaev are hosts of an annual awards ceremony Bright Past, which takes place in the Chelyabinsk region.
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Ksenia Rappoport, Russian actress

Ksenia Rappoport, Russian actress

Ksenia Rappoport, Russian actress


Ksenia Rappoport is a Russian theater and film actress, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2009).
Pretty girl was born on March 25, 1974 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) into the family of an engineer and an architect. At school she was fond of the Puppet Theater.
Her debut was in the film Go Out, when the future actress was 16 years old.
In 2000 she graduated from the St. Petersburg State Academy of Dramatic Art (SPbGATI) and was immediately invited to the Maly Drama Theatre.
You know, Ksenia acted in many plays, including The Seagull by Chekhov, Claustrophobia, Uncle Vanya, Play Without a Title directed by Lev Dodin, Servant of Two Masters and Antigone.
For her role in the play Uncle Vanya the actress was awarded the Golden Sofit prize in 2003 as Best Actress.
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Denis Kosyakov, actor and stand-up comic

Denis Kosyakov russian actor

Denis Kosyakov – Russian actor


Denis Kosyakov is a Russian film and theater actor. He participated in comedy TV projects Killing League, Comedy Battle and Slaughter Night on TNT. You know, he became the winner of the first season of the comedy TV project Laughter Without Rules.
The future actor was born on May 1, 1984 in Zelenograd. At the age of 11 Denis began to visit Zelenograd theater studio.
He’s graduated from the Shchukin Theatre School and works as an actor in the Mayakovsky Theatre. In 2005, one year before graduation, Denis got his first role in the TV series Soldiers 4.
Actually, in 2007, Denis performed in the popular Russian program Comedy Club on TNT channel.
By the way, Kosyakov is an author of the TV series Zaitsev + 1 on TNT channel. Mikhail Galustyan and Philip Kotov played the main roles. A little later, Gerard Depardieu joined the cast.
On March 3, 2014 he became a presenter of the TV show Ready For Anything.
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Ekaterina Skulkina – Comedy Woman

Ekaterina Skulkina

Ekaterina Skulkina – Comedy Woman


Ekaterina Skulkina is one of the brightest stars of the TV project Comedy Woman. She acts in films, theater plays, as well as comedy TV projects.
Future comedienne was born on June 3, 1976 in Yoshkar-Ola, USSR. Her father was a military general, and her mother worked as a Russian language and literature teacher.
Katya was a very bright and talented child. During her school years, she was active in social work, participated in the organization of school concerts and festivals. By the way, Ekaterina acted in all school plays and also showed herself as a director and scriptwriter.
In 1996, the girl graduated from medical school and worked as a nurse. A year later, Katya moved to Kazan, where she entered the Kazan State Medical University.
By the way, in 1999, Skulkina first appeared in a republican league of KVN in the team of her university. She was a participant and one of the leaders of the team Four Tatars in the TV comedy show KVN (2003-2006). In 2003, her team became the champion of the First League. They also won Large KiViN in gold at Jurmala Festival.
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Marina Zudina, actress

Marina Zudina

Marina Zudina, actress


Marina Zudina is a Russian and Soviet theater and film actress, Honored Artist of Russia (1995) and People’s Artist of Russia (2006).
Pretty girl was born on September 3, 1965 in Moscow, into the family of a music teacher and a journalist. At the age of 9 the girl began singing and even dreamed of becoming an opera singer. A year later, she was fascinated by ballet and tried to enter the Ballet School.
Then she began to think about the career of an actress. And Marina wanted only Tabakov to be her teacher.
So the girl entered the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). While still a student Zudina played in several films. One of her first film roles, which made her famous, was in the film Valentin and Valentina directed by Georgy Natanson. On the set, the actress met with great Tatyana Doronina, Nina Ruslanova, Boris Shcherbakov and Larisa Udovichenko.
At the same time Marina played in the films More Love More Hope and Once in a Blue Moon.
In 1986, the actress joined Oleg Tabakov’s theater-studio.
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Andrei Chernyshev, Russian actor

Andrei Chernyshev, Russian actor

Andrei Chernyshev, Russian actor


Andrei Chernyshev is a Russian theater and film actor.
The boy was born February 3, 1973 in the Ukrainian SSR, USSR into the family of teachers. His grandmother was a doctor and wanted her grandson to follow in her footsteps. Later his family moved to Chita region. When the boy graduated from the school he went to the capital to enter the theater school.
In 1994 Andrei graduated from the Schepkin Theatre School.
The first major role he played in the melodrama Free Woman, and the most memorable for him was the work in the film Lost in Chechnya, which was filmed in English.
In the TV series Twins the actor got a negative role – killer Edik. For this role, he received the Golden Ring Award.
By the way, Chernyshev is known for his roles in the TV series Two Fates, The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Obsession, The Right to Love. Also the actor starred in Sink or Swim, One Night of Love, Winter Dream, Mayakovsky: Two Days and many others.
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