Hollywood stars with Russian roots
• Hollywood stars with Russian roots
The fact that Hollywood was founded by emigrants of the Russian Empire - it is no secret. Among the figures of the first magnitude of the American "dream factory" and "lucky" world music, and now there is a superstar with Russian roots.
The favorite of the public Leonardo, as he said during a conversation with Vladimir Putin, "not a quarter and half Russian." Russian roots, he owes his mother Irmelin DiCaprio, or rather her parents. His grandmother Elena Stepanovna Smirnov moved to Germany from the Soviet Union about 50 years ago, where she married William Inderbirkena. Despite the fact that nothing in the grandfather's name does not indicate his Russian origin, he DiCaprio has repeatedly referred to him by our compatriot.
Leonardo himself is known for his love of Russian culture and cinema of the XX century, in particular to the work of Eisenstein, Tarkovsky and Parajanov.
Pedigree creator of "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones Adventure" comes from the Polish and Russian Jews. His parents, father - Samuel Spielberg and Rebecca Chechvik both were born in Russia, and the maternal grandfather Philip Posner was born in pre-revolutionary Odessa in 1884. "First of all, I am Russian," - said the director in an interview on the premiere of the film "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull." Although this did not stop him once again to portray the Russian as the main villains. "It's the historical period, we shot in 1957, when the Cold War was in full swing" - said Spielberg.
Queen of Hollywood does not hide his Russian roots was Natalie Wood, the protagonist of the famous film 60 "The Great Race". Her real name is Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. During the revolution, her parents fled from Khabarovsk to Vladivostok, then to China and then on to San Francisco. There was born in 1938. Natalia. The daughter of a Russian engineer and noblewoman speaks as in English and in Russian. Both in Russian and in the foreign press is constantly mentioned that she considered herself "very Russian."
What are the father that his son had left a significant mark in the history of Hollywood cinema. Kirk Douglas, Michael's father was born a Issurom Danilovich-Demszky. In turn, his father was in some degree Russian deserter - he ran away from the Russian Empire, in order to avoid participation in the Russian-Japanese war. In exile, he "Americanized" family name, becoming Demskoi (Demsky), and now Kirk Michael and subsequently, changed it to "Douglas".