Russian Women Film & Theater Personalities

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Throughout history, there have been many Russian women film & theater personalities who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Russian female film & theater personalities such as Margarita Levieva, Ksenia Sobchak, Maria Shukshina, Olesya Rulin, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia.
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Anna Kournikova
(Russian Former Tennis Player and One of the Best-Known Tennis Stars Worldwide)
Anna Kournikova
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Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
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Sasha Luss
(Russian Model and Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Anna Poliatova’ in the Film 'Anna')
Sasha Luss
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Birthdate: June 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Magadan, Russia
Russian model Sasha Luss is known for her association with top-notch brands such as Prada and Louis Vuitton. Although she initially dreamed of being a ballerina, an ankle injury stopped her ballet career short. She has also starred in the titular role in the spy thriller Anna
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Kristina Rihanoff
(Ballroom Dancer and Choreographer)
Kristina Rihanoff
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Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia

Kristina Rihanoff is a Russian professional ballroom dancer, author, choreographer, and instructor. She achieved popularity after competing in the popular British television dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Kristina Rihanoff works closely with a children's charity named The Dot Com Foundation, which helps children handle challenging situations.

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Svetlana Khodchenkova
(Russian Actress Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Bless the Woman’ and ‘Love in the Big City’)
Svetlana Khodchenkova
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Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Svetlana Khodchenkova is a Russian actress best known for playing Irina in the 2016 film, Viking. She is also known for playing Vera in Bless the Woman, for which she received a nomination for Best Actress at the Nika Award. In 2008, she received the award for Best Actress at the Polish Film Festival for her performance in the movie Little Moscow.

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Olesya Rulin
(Actress)
Olesya Rulin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Olesya Rulin is a Russian-American actress best known for acting in the High School Musical film franchise. Even though she was interested in the show business from a young age, she began her career as a nurse assistant. She eventually became an actress and found tremendous success with the release of the High School Musical films.

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Gala Dalí
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Birthdate: September 7, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kazan, Russian Empire [now Tatarstan, Russia]
Died: June 10, 1982
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Aliona Vilani
(TV personality)
Aliona Vilani
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Birthdate: May 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kazakhstan

Aliona Vilani is a Russian-Kazakh dancer and TV personality best known for appearing as a professional dancer in the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing. She started training in different forms of dance as a child and joined the Kaiser Dance Academy. She later turned professional and appeared in several TV shows. She also performs in stage musicals. 

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Yuliya Snigir
(Actress)
Yuliya Snigir
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Birthdate: June 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Donskoy, Russia
 9 
Alla Nazimova
(Actress, Director, Producer Best Known for Her Film ‘Salome’)
Alla Nazimova
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Birthdate: June 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yalta, Crimea, Russian Empire
Died: July 13, 1945

Alla Nazimova was a Russian-American actress who had an extensive career on Broadway. She acted in the classic plays of playwrights like Ibsen, Chekhov, and Turgenev. She eventually moved on to films and had an equally successful stint in cinema as well. She was openly bisexual and had sexual relationships with women while being married to a man.

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Natalie Glebova
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Birthdate: November 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tuapse, Russia
 11 
Olga Fonda
(Actress)
Olga Fonda
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Birthdate: October 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ukhta, Russia
 12 
Yulia Peresild
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Birthdate: September 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
 13 
Oxana Fedorova
(Television presenter, Actress, Beauty queen)
Oxana Fedorova
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Birthdate: December 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
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Vera Glagoleva
(Actress, Film director)
Vera Glagoleva
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Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 16, 2017
 15 
Irina Baeva
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Birthdate: October 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
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Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
 17 
Sophie Tucker
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Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966
 18 
Anna Polina
(Adult Film Star)
Anna Polina
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Birthdate: September 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Polina Gagarina
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Birthdate: March 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 20 
Olga Buzova
(Singer)
Olga Buzova
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Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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Paulina Andreeva
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Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Tania Russof
(Pornographic Actress)
Tania Russof
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Birthdate: July 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
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Olga Dihovichnaya
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)
Olga Dihovichnaya
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Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR (now Belarus)
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Viktoriya Agalakova
(Russian Actress Best Known for Playing 'Nastya' in the Movie 'The Bride')
Viktoriya Agalakova
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Birthdate: August 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia

Viktoriya Agalakova is a Russian actress best known for her portrayal of Nastya in the 2017 film The Bride. She achieved international fame in 2019 when she started playing Polina in the popular Netflix series To the Lake.

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Galina Jovovich
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Birthdate: October 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tuapse, Russia
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Maya Plisetskaya
(Former ballet dancer, choreographer)
Maya Plisetskaya
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Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 2, 2015

Maya Plisetskaya was a legendary Soviet and Russian ballerina. Growing up in a war-torn region, she had a difficult childhood. She sought solace in ballet and pursued a career as a dancer. She was remarkably fluid in her movements and soon became internationally renowned. She later became a ballet director and choreographer. She was married to composer Rodion Shchedrin. 

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Maryana Spivak
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Birthdate: March 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Tatiana Okunevskaya
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Birthdate: March 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zavidovo, Russia
Died: May 15, 2002
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Natalya Goncharova
(Russian artist)
Natalya Goncharova
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Birthdate: June 3, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nagayevo, Russia
Died: October 17, 1962

Natalya Goncharova was a Russian avant-garde painter, writer, illustrator, costume designer, and set designer. A member of avant-garde groups like Jack of Diamonds and Donkey's Tail, Goncharova influenced several unconventional artists in Russia and Paris. Goncharova also had a successful career as a costume designer; she designed costumes for the Ballets Russes.

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Nina Kulagina
(Former Russian woman who claimed to have psychic powers, particularly in psychokinesis)
Nina Kulagina
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Birthdate: July 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 11, 1990
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Xenia Tchoumitcheva
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Birthdate: August 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia
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Oksana Akinshina
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Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
 33 
Maria Lark
(Actress)
Maria Lark
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Birthdate: June 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Siberia, Russia
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Alla Kliouka
(Actress)
Alla Kliouka
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Birthdate: February 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
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Elena Temnikova
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Birthdate: April 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kurgan, Russia
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Maria Ouspenskaya
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Birthdate: July 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tula, Russia
Died: December 3, 1949
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Lila Kedrova
(Actress)
Lila Kedrova
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Birthdate: October 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 16, 2000
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Dina Mousawi
(Actress)
Dina Mousawi
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Birthplace: Iraq
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Alisa Freindlich
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Birthdate: December 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Maria Poezzhaeva
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Birthdate: March 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perm, Russia
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Elena Lyadova
(Actress)
Elena Lyadova
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Birthdate: December 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Morshansk, Russia
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Kseniya Rappoport
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Birthdate: March 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Olga Baclanova
(Actress Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'Freaks' and 'The Man Who Laughs')
Olga Baclanova
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Birthdate: August 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 6, 1974

Russian actor Olga Baclanova was also a skilled ballerina and opera singer who had a decent career in Hollywood, too. A star of the silent-film age, she was seen in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Are You There? Post-retirement, she moved to Switzerland.

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Svetlana Ivanova
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Birthdate: September 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Irina Pantaeva
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Birthdate: October 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ulan-Ude, Russia
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Ekaterina Klimova
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Birthdate: January 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Anastasia Dobromyslova
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Birthdate: September 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tver
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Svetlana Ustinova
(Actress, Producer, Writer)
Svetlana Ustinova
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Birthdate: May 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Severodvinsk, Russia
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Alsou
(Singer and Actress, She represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in which she came second with the song Solo right after Denmark)
Alsou
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Birthdate: June 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bugulma, Russia
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Lyubov Orlova
(Actress)
Lyubov Orlova
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Birthdate: February 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zvenigorod, Russia
Died: January 26, 1975