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Elena Yakovleva – actress, who played the role of Vanga

Elena Yakovleva

Elena Yakovleva – Russian actress

The film company Favorit Film started shooting the 12-part film Vangelia about the legendary soothsayer.
Vangelia Dimitrova or Vanga (31 January 1911 – 11 August 1996) was a blind Bulgarian mystic, supposed clairvoyant and herbalist who spent most of her life in the Rupite area in the Kozhuh mountains, Bulgaria.
Elena Yakovleva agreed to play the role of 70-year-old Vanga. Three actresses refused to play this role. A special mask to make Elena old had been preparing for six months. And it took five hours daily to make Makeup.
Many of the actors were personally acquainted with Vanga. Moreover, she had predicted some of them roles in Vangelia.
The series was shown in autumn 2013 on the First Channel.
There is the scene of Vanga’s meeting with Hitler in the film. On February 2, 1943 Hitler came to know his fate. The Vanga’s words were: “You should not go to Russia, you’ll lose”. But Hitler did not believe her.

I’d like to tell about Elena Yakovleva, who was born on March 5, 1961 in Novograd-Volynsky, Zhitomir Oblast, USSR. She is a Russian actress known for her roles in many films, including Intergirl, Encore, Once More Encore!, as well as for the main role in the popular TV series Kamenskaya. By the way, Yakovleva was awarded the titles Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1995), People’s Artist of Russia (2002) and the Medal of Honor (2006).
In her childhood Elena dreamed of becoming an actress. And in 1984 the actress graduated from the State Institute for Theatrical Arts (GITIS) and joined the troupe of the Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow.
Her film debut was in an eccentric fairy tale-musical Two Under One Umbrella directed by Sergei Abramov. In this film twenty-two-year-old Yakovleva played together with famous actors Innokenty Smoktunovsky and Ivars Kalniņš.
Actually, Elena became famous in 1989 thanks to her role of Tatiana Zaitseva in the film Intergirl.
You know, she received numerous awards and in 1990 was named the Best Actress in the Soviet Union. The actress was a “femme fatale” of Russian cinema.

Personal life
With the first spouse, classmate Sergey Yulin, Yakovleva lived together for only six months, while still a student of GITIS. A few years later the actress met Valeri Shalnykh. They had lived together for about five years before the official marriage in 1990. Their son Denis was born in 1992.
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Elena Yakovleva – actress, who played the role of Vanga