Yuliya Borisova is Soviet and Russian theater and film actress, People’s Artist of the USSR (1969), Hero of Socialist Labor (1985), Laureate of the State Prize of Russia (1995). The notable Russian actress of the Vakhtangov Theatre is best known for her film role as Ambassador Kollontay in the film Ambassador of the Soviet Union (Posol Sovetskogo Soyuza, 1969).
The future actress was born on March 17, 1925 in Moscow, Russia.
In 1949, Yuliya graduated from the Shchukin Theater School and in the same year she joined the Vakhtangov Theater. There she had performed for the first time during her studies in 1947. She made her stage debut as Hero in the Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and as Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Borisova had been working in Vakhtangov Theater for more than 60 years. For decades, she was a leading actress, playing mostly the main female roles, including Turandot, Nastasia Philippovna, Virineya, Helena in Warsaw Melody, Valya in Irkutsk History, Cleopatra.
Her most memorable stage performances were such roles as Anisia in On the Gold Bottom by Mamin-Sibiryak (1955), and as Cleopatra in the Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (1971).
Today, it’s time to other roles, but to this day Yuliya remained Vakhtangov Theatre Princess and maybe already its queen!
To tell the truth, Borisova mostly played in the theater.
In the movie she played the role of Nastasia Philippova in the film The Idiot (1958), based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, and Elena Koltsova in the movie The Ambassador of the Soviet Union (1969). Since 1980, she hasn’t appeared on the screen.
The Supreme Theatrical Prize of Moscow is titled the Crystal Turandot in the honor of Yulia Borisova. Also she was the first recipient of the prize in 1991.
And her own 90th birthday Borisova celebrated on the stage in the play Quayside. And it turned out to be a non-standard production. The ending of the play was specially remade in honor of the birthday girl.
In the same year, the actress received the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatrical Art of the International Slavic Art Forum Golden Knight.
In 2016, the actress received another award – the Russian national actor’s prize named after A. Mironov Figaro in the nomination The Legend of the Russian Theater.
The actress was married to Vakhtangov Theatre Managing Director Isai Spector. They have a son named Alexander and two granddaughters Maria and Daria.
Her spouse died in 1974 when the actress was only 35 years old. But she never remarried.