Ukraine has a very dramatic history. Being dominated by its neighbors, Ukraine remained unknown as a country having its own culture, mentality, traditions and history especially western countries. Ukraine has always been in a shadow of Russia, although Kyiv (capital of Ukraine) is known as the mother of Russian cities. Nevertheless Ukraine and Ukrainian people are mistakenly associated with Russia even today. I guess the reason is that Ukraine had been a part of USSR for decades. The other reason for famous Ukrainians being almost unknown in the world is, firstly, that Ukraine was just one of the USSR’s provinces. And even earlier being a part of Russian Empire, Ukraine was called small Russia and was considered to be one of the provincial parts of the huge Empire. The center was, of course, in Moscow (and in St. Petersburg during Russian Empire) where people had more opportunities to develop their skills in practice and develop, create and invent. Secondly, activity of most Soviet people was under total governmental control and those who tried to be independent or did not want to cooperate with the government or were against communists’ policy risked their freedom or even lives. So many of Ukrainian people were banished from their own country to work abroad to glorify other countries, or raise children and grandchildren whose genius and talents are known all over the world. You never knew that some of very famous people were of Ukrainian origin. And this is the time to remember famous people of Ukrainian origin and what they are famous for…
Date of birth: 29 September 1976 (Dvirkivshchyna, Kyivska oblast, Ukrainian SSR)
Andriy Shevchenko (Андрій Шевченко) is a Ukrainian footballer who plays for Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukraine national team as a striker. He is the third-highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 58 goals as of 10 March 2011, behind Ruud van Nistelrooy (60) and Raul (71). Shevchenko is ranked as the third top goalscorer in all European competitions with 67 goals. The most prestigious of Andriy’s awards were the Ballon d’Or in 2004 (becoming the third Ukrainian, after Oleg Blokhin and Igor Belanov to receive it) and the UEFA Champions League in 2003 with Milan. Besides the Golden Ball, Shevchenko was awarded other individual awards.
Dates of birth: Wladimir – 25 March 1976 (Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR), Vitali – 19 July 1971 (Belovodsk, Kirghiz SSR) in family of Ukrainians
Vitali Klitschko (Віталій Кличко), older brother, is the current WBC world heavyweight champion. He has the highest knockout percentage (95%) of any heavyweight boxing champion in overall fights. He also holds the distinction of being a three time world heavyweight champion, having previously held the WBO and WBC titles, and has never been knocked out or knocked down in any professional boxing bout. Vitali is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a Ph.D. (in sports science).
His younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko (Володимир Кличко), is a Ukrainian heavyweight boxer. Klitschko is the unified IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Champion of the world.
Date of birth: 15 August 1978 (Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR)
Liliya Podkopayeva (Лілія Подкопаєва) is the 1996 Olympic all-around champion. She is widely regarded as one of the best gymnasts in history. She is the proud owner of 45 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze medals.
Date of birth: 29 July 1984 (Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR)
Anna Bessonova (Анна Бессонова) is the number one rhythmic gymnast in Ukraine. In 2007, Bessonova became world champion at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Patras winning the all-around gold medal. She won the bronze individual all around medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Olympics. Over the course of her career she has won 24 World Championship medals, 2 Olympic medals, 24 European Championship medals and 10 World Cup medals (60 in total).
Date of birth: 4 December 1963 (Lugansk, Ukrainian SSR)
Serhiy Bubka (Сергій Бубка) is six times world champion (between 1983 and 1997), European champion in 1986 and Olympic champion in 1988. He broke the world record for men’s pole vaulting 35 times (17 outdoor and 18 indoor records). He was the first to clear 6.0 metres and the first and only to clear 6.10 metres (20 ft). He holds the current outdoor world record of 6.14 metres (20 feet 1 3/4 inches), set on 31 July 1994 in Sestriere, Italy and the current indoor world record of 6.15 meters, set on 21 February 1993 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Date of birth: 7 August 1982 (Simferopol, Crimea, Ukrainian SSR)
Yana Klochkova (Яна Клочкова) is a Ukrainian swimmer, who has won five Olympic medals. 4 gold medals came in the 200 meter individual medley and the 400 meter individual medley at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. Her silver medal came in the 800 meter freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Date of birth: 16 November 1977 (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR)
Oksana Baiul (Оксана Баюл) is a Ukrainian professional figure skater. She is the 1994 Olympic champion in ladies’ singles and the 1993 World champion.
Famous Ukrainian Olympic Champions…
Date of birth: 22 April 1974 (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukrainian SSR)
Vasyl Virastyuk (Василь Вірастюк) is a strongman competitor from Ukraine. He competed in the finals of the World’s Strongest Man contest in 2003 (3rd place) and 2004 (1st place). As well he won the 2007 IFSA Strongman World Championship.
Date of birth: 10 January 1992 (Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine)
Varvara Akulova (Варвара Акулова) is a great athlete. As a child and teenager she was several times recognized as the strongest girl on the planet, which was twice confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records. She was capable of lifting up to 48 stone (300 kg), over four times her bodyweight in 2006. In 2000, she weighed 40 kg and could lift 220 pounds (100 kg).
Heidemarie Martha Stefanyshyn-Piper
Date of birth: 7 February 1963 (St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. Her father Mykailo Stefanyshyn is Ukrainian)
Heidemarie Martha Stefanyshyn-Piper (Гайдемарі Стефанишин-Пайпер) is an American Naval officer and a former NASA astronaut. She has achieved the rank of captain in the United States Navy. She is also a qualified and experienced salvage officer. Stefanyshyn-Piper has received numerous honors and awards, such as the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals. She has flown on two space shuttle missions, STS-115 and STS-126, during which she completed five spacewalks totaling 33 hours and 42 minutes. She ranks as 25th among the all-time list of space walkers by duration.
Her father, Michael (Mykhailo) Stefanyshyn, was born in Novyi Yarychiv (Lviv region, Ukraine) and sent to work in Germany during World War II. After the end of the war, he married a German woman and they both immigrated to the USA. Stefanyshyn-Piper was raised in a Ukrainian community, and speaks Ukrainian. She was also a member of the local branch of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization and an outstanding dancer of the Zahrava Folk Dance Ensemble, a member of the Troyandy Girls Vocal Ensemble.
Roberta Lynn Bondar
Date of birth: 4 December 1945 (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada in family of ethnic Ukrainians )
Roberta Bondar (Роберта Бондар) is Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA’s head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific and medical communities.
Bondar has received many honors including the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, over 22 honorary degrees and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Date of birth: 29 May 1940 (was born on the island of Sakhalin to a Japanese mother and an ethnic Ukrainian father Markiyan Boryshko)
Taiho Koki (Ivan Boryshko – Іван Боришко) is the 48th Yokozuna in the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling. He is generally regarded as the greatest sumo wrestler of the post-war period. He became a yokozuna in 1961 at the age of 21, the youngest ever at the time, and he won a record 32 tournaments between 1960 and 1971. His dominance was such that he won six tournaments in a row on two separate occasions. He is the only wrestler to win at least one championship every year of his top division career, and he has the highest career winning percentage of any wrestler in the modern era. After his retirement he was the head coach of Taiho stable.
Date of birth: 22 April 1985 (Eupatoriya, Ukrainian SSR)
Kseniya Simonova (Ксенія Сімонова) is a sand animator from Ukraine. She started drawing with sand after her business collapsed due to the 2008 financial crisis, and had less than one year experience when she entered Ukraine’s Got Talent. She became the 2009 winner of that show, making a sand animation that portrayed life during the USSR’s Great Patriotic War against the Third Reich in World War II. Simonova won 1,000,000 Ukrainian Hryvnia (approx. USD125,000) for her first place in the show. A YouTube video of the performance has received more than 15 million hits. More information …
Date of birth: 12 January 1909 (in the village of Bolotnya in the Ivankiv Raion, Kiev Oblast)
Maria Pryimachenko (Марія Приймаченко) was a renowned Ukrainian village folk art painter, representative of naive art. The artist was involved with drawing, embroidery and painting оn ceramics.
Іn her childhood Maria was taken ill with polio, and this painful disease influenced the girl’s life. By reports of her relatives, Maria grew а thoughtful and considerate person, having compassion for nature and every living thing.
The works of Pryimachenko can be subdivided into thematic, symbolic and ornamental pieces. Maria Pryimachenko has developed a style of her own.
Her talent was noticed due to the communist slogan of the 1930s: any person who “delves and spins” can become a poet and an artist. Her works – pictures as well as pottery- and textile painting – were promoted by the regime and sent to international exhibitions in Paris, Warsaw. Sophia, Montreal, Prague.
During her life Maria Prymachenko painted more than a thousand pictures. About half of them are now at Kyiv Museum of Decorative Art, some 200 – in other museums of Ukraine and the ex-USSR, another 200 are owned by private collectors.
Maria Prymachenko was right-handed, but she painted all her pictures with her left hand. She might have instinctively felt that this world and the world of her imagination did not overlap. Maria died at the age of 89.
The year 2009 was announced by UNESCO the year of Maria Prymachenko.
Date of birth: 15 April 1905 (Kiev, Russian Empire)
Serge Lifar (Сергій Михайлович Лифар) was born in Kiev, Russian Empire.
He was the pupil of Bronislava Nijinska in Kiev. In 1921 he left Soviet Union and was noticed by Serge Diaghilev who sent him to Turin in order to improve his technique with Enrico Cecchetti. He made his debut at the Ballets Russes in 1923 where he quickly became a principal dancer. He played the lead roles in the ballets of George Balanchine and at the death of Diaghilev in 1929 he entered the Paris Opera Ballet and created his first ballet.
From 1930 on, Serge Lifar was immensely successful, essentially in his own ballet creations, notably with Les Creatures de Promethee (1929), a personal version of Le Spectre de la rose (1931) and L’Apres-midi d’un faune (1935), Icare (1935) with costumes and decor by Picasso, Istar (1941) or Suite en Blanc (1943), which he qualified as neoclassical, all created for the Paris Opera.
As ballet master of the Paris Opera from 1930 to 1944 then 1947 to 1958, he devoted himself to the restoration of the technical level of the Paris Opera Ballet in order since the 1930s and until now to return it to its place as one of the best company in the world. He undoubtedly influenced Yvette Chauvire, Janine Charrat and Roland Petit.
While bestowing Serge Lifar with the National Order of the Legion of Honour, Charles de Gaulle offered him to become a citizen of France, but Lifar replied: “I am a Ukrainian and proud of that.” In Soviet Ukraine name of Serge Lifar was forbidden. He died in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1986, aged 81.
Date of birth: 17 January 1980 (Odessa, Ukrainian SSR)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Максим Чмерковський) aka Maks is a Ukrainian Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. His natural dance skill had seen as he was in four years old following his brother talent as a dancer as well. As his family migrated in America, he began to make his dream comes true as professional dancer.
He is best known as one of the professional dancers on the American television series ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, on which he first appeared in season two.
Maks is the owner of four dance studios in the New York City area. Rising Stars Dance Academy (RSDA) was his first dance studio, which he founded in 1997 located in New Jersey and was focused on Youth Ballroom Dancing.
Date of birth: 2 January 1978 (Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR)
Karina Smirnoff (Карина Смірнова) is a Ukrainian American professional ballroom dancer. When she was five years old, she began taking ballet lessons, followed by gymnastics, aerobics, figure skating, ballroom dancing and piano. She chose to pursue ballroom dancing.
In 1992, Smirnoff emigrated to the United States, and is reportedly a naturalized United States citizen. Smirnoff graduated from Fordham University with a double major in economics and information system programming. During her academic studies, Smirnoff’s goal was to go to law school and become an attorney. However she later came across a dance school in Brooklyn, New York, and after some time there dancing became her profession.
She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has been ranked second in the world, and took second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival. She is “the first woman to ever make the British Professional Final with three different partners”.
Date of birth: 15 July 1975 (Kiev, Ukrainian SSR)
Max Rafael Levchin (Максиміліан Левчин) is a Ukrainian-born computer scientist and entrepreneur widely known as co-founder (with Peter Thiel) and former chief technology officer of PayPal. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), he moved to the United States with his family, under a political asylum, and settled in Chicago, Illinois in 1991. Along with Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek and Ken Howery he developed a popular payment product known as PayPal. After a merger with X.com, the combined entity was renamed PayPal Inc. PayPal Inc. went public in February 2002, and was subsequently acquired by eBay. In 2004, Levchin founded Slide, a personal media-sharing service for social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Slide was sold to Google in August 2010 for $182 Million and, on August 25, Levchin was named Google’s newest Vice President of Engineering.
Date of birth: 18 April 1978 (Kiev, Ukrainian SSR)
Sergiy Grygorovych (Сергій Григорович) is a founder and CEO of GSC Game World, Kyiv-based game development studio. Founded in 1995 in Kyiv, Ukraine, it released titles such as Cossacks: European Wars, American Conquest, Alexander, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. In 2004, GSC Game World founded the publishing branch GSC World Publishing. GSC Game World’s most successful game series is S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a survival shooter that was in development for seven years, first released in March 2007. They are also known for the Cossacks series. Most of their titles are published in Europe by Cdv Software Entertainment.
Date of birth: 11 October 1983 (Gorlovka, Donetska oblast, Ukrainian SSR)
Ruslan Ponomariov (Руслан Пономарьов) is a Ukrainian chessplayer and former FIDE world champion. In 1998, at the age of fourteen, he was awarded the Grandmaster title, making him the youngest ever player at that time to hold the title. In 2002 Ruslan became FIDE world champion at the age of 18, the first teenager and youngest person to ever become FIDE world champion.
Date of birth: 13 December 1877 (Monastyrok, Podillya region, Russian Empire)
Mykola Leontovych (Микола Леонтович) was a Ukrainian composer, choral conductor, priest, and teacher of international renown. Leontovych specialized in a cappella choral music, ranging from original compositions, to church music, to elaborate arrangements of folk music.
He is recognized for composing “Shchedryk” in 1904 (which premiered in 1916), known to the English speaking world as “Carol of the Bells” or as “Ring Christmas Bells.” Based on an old Ukrainian folk song, the original lyrics describe a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the plentiful year that the family will have. The song’s title is derived from the Ukrainian word “shchedryi” which means “bountiful.” The folk melody was sung in many Ukrainian villages.
The song has been used many times in the soundtracks for films and television. E.g., it was used in the box office hits The Santa Clause and Home Alone, Will Vinton’s award-winning A Claymation Christmas Celebration, and as a parody called “Carol of the Meows” in The O.C. show’s “The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn’t”. It has also been arranged and performed by many groups, regardless of singing style or genre, ranging from classical (Vienna Boys Choir), to traditional music groups (Celtic Woman), to pop singers and groups (Jessica Simpson, Destiny’s Child).
Date of birth: 4 April 1953 (USA in family of two Ukrainian immigrants)
Kvitka “Kacey” (or “Cassie”) Cisyk (Квітка Цісик) was an American soprano of Ukrainian ethnicity.
Her given name, Kvitka, is Ukrainian for “flower”. Her father, Volodymyr Cisyk, a well known Ukrainian concert violinist and teacher, taught his daughter the violin when she was 5 years old, grooming her for a career as a classical musician.
Cisyk, a classically-trained opera singer, successfully pursued a career in four different musical genres: popular music, classical opera, Ukrainian folk music and commercial jingles for radio and TV advertisements. Cisyk recorded the version of “You Light Up My Life” heard in the movie (this song won the Best Song Oscar in 1977), sang the “Have you driven a Ford lately?” and “You deserve a break today!” jingles and also released two critically acclaimed albums of Ukrainian songs.
Date of birth: 24 May 1973 (Lviv, Ukrainian SSR)
Ruslana (Руслана) is the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, a World Music Award winning and MTV Europe Music Award nominated artist. She is a singer, songwriter, producer, conductor, and pianist. She writes, composes and produces her own songs and music videos. Go here to listen Ruslana.
Date of birth: 27 September 1978 (Kitsman, Chernivetska Oblast, Ukrainian SSR)
Ani Lorak (Ані Лорак) is a Ukrainian pop singer. Lorak represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song “Shady Lady” and came in 2nd place behind Dima Bilan from Russia. She came second in the «Press Award Eurovision Song Contest» and won the «Artistic Award» for her performance.
Anastasia & Victoria Petryk
Date of birth: Anastasia – 4 May 2002 (village Nerubayskoe, Odesska region, Ukraine) Victoria – 21 May 1997 (Odessa, Ukraine)
Victoria & Anastasia Petryk (Вікторія та Анастасія Петрик) are two Ukrainian sisters. Victoria & Anastasia are the winners of New Wave Junior (contest for young performers of popular music) 2010 in different categories. They both competed in this years Ukraine Got Talent.
Date of birth: 16 September 1956 (Metuchen, New Jersey, United States; his paternal grandparents were immigrants from Odessa (present-day Ukraine)
David Coperfield (born David Seth Kotkin) is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield’s television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield’s career of over 30 years has earned him 11 Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a knighthood by the French government; and he has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress. Copperfield has so far sold 40 million tickets and grossed over $3 billion, which is more than any other solo entertainer in history. He currently performs over 500 shows a year. When not performing, he creates experiences for his chain of eleven islands in the Bahamas – Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay, which has completed a $35 million renovation under Copperfield’s supervision.
Date of birth: 18 February 1919 (Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, United States in family of Ukrainian immigrants)
Volodymyr Palahniuk (Володимир Палагнюк), known professionally as Jack Palance, was an American film actor. During half a century of film and television appearances he was nominated for three Academy Awards, all as Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in 1991 for his role in City Slickers.
Palance, one of five children, was born Volodymyr Palahniuk in Pennsylvania, the son of Anna (Gramiak) and Ivan Palahniuk, who was an anthracite coal miner. Palance’s parents were Ukrainian immigrants, his father a native of Ivane Zolote in Southwestern Ukraine (Ternopil Oblast) and his mother from the Lviv region. He worked in coal mines during his youth before becoming a boxer.
Date of birth: 17 December 1975 (Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR)
Milla Jovovich (Міла Йовович) is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such movies as Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), a sci-fi blockbuster The Fifth Element (1997), Joan of Arc (1999), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002). She graced magazine covers of ‘The Face’, ‘Vogue’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ and many other magazines.
Date of birth: 14 November 1979 (Berdyansk, Zaporiz’ka Oblast, Ukrainian SSR)
Ukrainian-born actress and model Olga Kurylenko (Ольга Куриленко) is known for her steamy but serious roles in several French films: L’Annulaire (2005), Paris, je t’aime (2006), The Snake (2006). Following a successful career in France, Kurylenko has crossed over into American movie roles in Hitman (2007). She played the Bond girl, Camille, in Quantum of Solace (2008) a sequel to 2006’s Casino Royale. Nowadays Olga Kurylenko is in Empires of the Deep 3D China Project.
Date of birth: 14 August 1983 (Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR)
Mila (Мілена Куніс) and her family moved from Ukraine to LA when she was 7. In 1995 her TV-movie debut took place in Showtime s Piranha. 1998 she played the spoiled Jackie Burkhardt on the FOX sitcom, That 70s Show. In 1999 a young actress voiced Meg Griffin on the animated FOX series Family Guy. She has also played roles in film, such as a young Gia Carangi (Angelina Jolie) in the HBO biopicm, Gia, Basin in Get Over It, Rachel Jansen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Mona Sax in Max Payne and Solara in The Book of Eli. In 2010, she won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival for her performance as Lily in Black Swan. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for the same role.
Date of birth: 6 July 1946 (New York City, U.S. Greatgrandmother Rosa Labovich comes from Odessa, Ukraine)
Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed include boxer Rocky Balboa and soldier John Rambo. The Rocky and Rambo franchises, along with several other films, strengthened his reputation as an actor and his box office earnings. Stallone’s film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Stallone’s use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps. Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum, on the right side before the steps. It was announced on December 7, 2010 that Stallone was voted into boxing’s Hall of Fame.
Sylvester Stallone’s maternal greatgrandmother changed her name to Rose Labofish – an Anglicised version of her original Russian name – when she arrived in the United States in 1888. She and her husband Charles first settled in New York and later in Washington DC along with their children, of whom one, John, was father of Jackie Labofish (Stallone’s mother).
Date of birth: 8 August 1937 (Los-Angeles in a family of immigrants from Kiev)
Dustin Hoffman (was born in a family of immigrants from Kiev) is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. His first breakthrough movie role was as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (1967). Since then Hoffman’s career has largely been focused in cinema with only sporadic returns to television and the stage. Some of his most noted films are Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, and Wag the Dog.
Hoffman has won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, three Drama Desk Awards, and an Emmy Award. Dustin Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999.
Date of birth: 18 December 1946 (Cincinnati, Ohio. Grandparents came from Ukraine)
Steven Spielberg is a worldwide famous film director, screenwriter, film producer and video game designer. Grandfather of Steven Spielberg’s mother’s side came from Odessa (Ukraine), on father’s side – from a small Ukrainian village. His favorite dish – Ukrainian borsch.
Date of birth: 29 September 1935 (Nice, France, her mother Klavdia Trubnikova was born in Kharkiv and considered herself a Ukrainian)
Mylene Demongeot (Мілен Демонжо) is a French actress, who has appeared in 72 films since 1953. Demongeot gained fame and adulation for her portrayal of Abigail Williams in the Franco-East German production The Crucible (1957), for which she was nominated for BAFTA Awards for Most Promising Newcomer to Film. The blonde actress has performed in adventures like Vengeance of the Three Musketeers (1961) as Milady de Winter and in comedies like Fantomas (1964) directed by Andre Hunebelle. In the US she has co-starred with David Niven in Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse (1958). She was also nominated for Cesar Awards for Best Supporting Actress in 36 Quai des Orfevres (2004) and La Californie (2006). She was married to director Marc Simenon from 1968 until his death in 1999.
Date of birth: 30 December 1927 (Paris, France, mother is immigrant from Kiev)
Robert Hossein (born as Hosseinhof) is a French film actor of Parsi origin, director and writer. He directed the 1982 adaption of Les Miserables, and appeared in Vice and Virtue, Le Casse, Les Uns et les Autres and Venus Beauty Institute. His most recent roles include starring as Michele Mercier’s husband in the Angelique series and as a Catholic priest who falls in love with Claude Jade and becomes a communist in Pretres interdits (Forbidden Priests) in 1973.
He is the son of Andre Hossein a Zoroastrian French composer of Azerbaijani-Tajik descent, and Anna Minevskaya, a Jewish comedy actress from Kiev. He was married three times: first to Marina Vlady, later to Caroline Eliacheff. He is currently married to actress Candice Patou.
Date of birth: 25 June 1988 (Kovalilvka in Kolomiya, Ukrainian SSR)
Olesya Stefanko (Олеся Стефанко) is a Ukrainian beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Ukraine Universe 2011 and represented her country in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, where she was 1st runner up. Olesya Stefanko became Ukraine’s highest placement in history. Olesya was born in Kolomyia (village Kovalivka) in the Carpathian region of Ukraine. She was named Miss Odesa National Law Academy in 2008 as a student at the Institute of Prosecution and Investigation. After her victory at Miss Ukraine Universe 2011, she began her modeling career. She’s currently pursuing a law degree in Odessa.
Date of birth: 19 November 1982 (Krakow, Poland in family of Ukrainians)
Daria Werbowy (Дарія Вербова) born in family of Ukrainians top-model. During her first season she was quickly named the face of Prada and was also featured on the covers of W, Italian Vogue, V. Her clients have included such brands as Prada, Missoni, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancome, David Yurman, Dior, Valentino, Hermes, and Roberto Cavalli, and she has appeared on magazine covers and editorials worldwide.
Date of birth: 15 December 1986 (Severodonetsk, Luganska oblast, Ukrainian SSR)
Snejana Onopka (Сніжана Онопка) is a Ukrainian supermodel known for her deep-set eyes & pin-thin body. She has since been on the covers of numerous magazines, including i-D, Numero, & Italian Vogue (twice). Onopka also has shot advertisements for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Lanvin, Prada, Yves Saint-Laurent, & Louis Vuitton.
Date of birth: 28 December 1989 (Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR)
The Ukrainian Masha Tyelna (Марія Тельна) is the most bewitching model on the world catwalks. She has so big eyes that it seems impossible. “The girl with cosmic eyes” and “elf” are ones of her most popular epithets. Now she is one of the thirty world’s best models, designers adore her and invite to do their shows.
Date of birth: 28 April 1987 (Nova Kakhovka, Ukrainian SSR)
Anna Poslavskaya (Анна Пославська) is the winner of Miss Ukraine 2010. She represented Ukraine in Miss Universe 2010. Anna Poslavskaya was 3rd runner-up to Mexico. She was the only European to place among the final Top 5.