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.