Anastasiya Alexandrovna Vertinskaya (Russian: Анастаси́я Алекса́ндровна Верти́нская) (born December 19, 1944, Moscow, Soviet Union), is a Soviet and Russian actress whose mass popularity and high critical acclaim made her one of the most distinguished figures in the history of the Soviet cinema. In the 1990s, disillusioned with the state of cinema at home, she went abroad to teach and spent 12 years in France, England, the United States and Switzerland. In 1988 Vertinskaya was designated a People's Artist of Russia; she is also a recipient of the Order of Honour (2005) and the Order of Friendship (2010).
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Anastasia Vertinskaya is a popular Russian actress and public figure best known for her roles as Assol in Alye parusa (1961), Gutierre in Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962) and Ophelia in Gamlet (1964).
Anastasia Aleksandrovna Vertinskaya was born on December 19, 1944, in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union (now Moscow, Russia). Her father, Aleksandr Vertinsky, was a famous Russian actor, singer and songwriter, who returned from his emigration in China to Moscow during the Second World War. Her mother, Lidiya Vladimirovna Vertinskaya (Tsirgvava), was also a Russian emigre who was born into a Georgian-Russian family in Kharbin, and her older sister, Marianna Vertinskaya, was born in 1943, in Shanghai, China. Young Anastasia Vertinskaya had a happy childhood together with her sister Marianna. She was brought up in a multi-lingual family where she enjoyed an intellectually stimulating environment, and a highly cultural atmosphere of her parents circle. Anastasia Vertinskaya was fond of her father, who invested much of his talent and energy in his daughter`s education. Her famous father died when Anastasia Vertinskaya was 14, and she suffered from emotional trauma that cast influence on her most important roles in film, that she played at the age of 15 to 19, such as Assol, Gutierre, and Ophelia.
In 1961, at age 15, Vertinskaya made her film debut starring as love-torn Assol who has a dream about her hero, Vasili Lanovoy. She became an instant celebrity in the Soviet Union with her first film, Alye parusa (1961), by director Aleksandr Ptushko, a popular adaptation of the eponymous book by Alexander Green. Next year she co-starred as Gutierre in Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962) Vertinskaya shot to international fame starring as Ophelia opposite Innokenti Smoktunovsky in Gamlet (1964), by director Grigori Kozintsev. Meanwhile, she attended the Shchukin Theatrical School, graduating in 1967, as an actress. She played supporting roles as Lisa Bolkonskaya in Voyna i mir (1967), by director Sergei Bondarchuk and as Kitty in Anna Karenina (1967), by director Aleksandr Zarkhi. She also starred as Margarita in Master i Margarita (1994), an adaptation of the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov.
Anastasiya Vertinskaya was member of several theatrical companies in Moscow, such as Theatre of Vakhtangov, Taganka, Theatre Sovremennik, Pushkin Theatre, and Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT). Her most acclaimed stage appearances were as Nina in `The Seagull` and as Elena in `Uncle Vanya`, both plays by Anton Chekhov. In a unique theatrical experiment by director Anatoli Efros at Taganka, she appeared in two roles: as Prospero and Ariel in the Shakespeare`s Tempest. In 1989 she portrayed her father, Aleksandr Vertinsky, in a show that she also wrote and directed to mark the centennial birthday anniversary of her father.
Outside of her film career A. Vertinskaya taught acting in Oxford and in the European film school in Switzerland; she also held a master class at Comédie-Française (Theâtre de la Republic) and at Chekhov`s school in Paris. She was designated People`s Actress of Russia. Since 1991 Anastasiya Vertinskaya has been running the Charitable Foundation for Actors, which supports such cultural landmarks as the home of Boris Pasternak and the museum of Anton Chekhov as well as many other cultural projects and individual actors and filmmakers. During the 1990s she completed restoration of her father`s historic recordings for a CD release. Anastasiya Vertinskaya was married to director Nikita Mikhalkov and their son, Stepan Mikhalkov, is also a filmmaker.
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