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Elina Bystritskaya

Elina Bystritskaya is a Soviet - Russian actress best known as Aksinya in "Tikhiy Don" (1957) by director Aleksandr Gerasimov.

She was born on April 4, 1928, in Kiev, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Young Elina Bystritskaya worked as a medical nurse helping her parents in a Soviet military hospital during the Second World War. Later she studied as a medical nurse at Nezhin Nursing School and worked at a gynaecological clinic. That same year she failed to enter the Kiev Acting School and studied to be a teacher, albeit her second attempt to acting school was successful. From 1948-1953 she attended the Kiev Theatrical Institute, graduating in 1953 as an actress.

Bystritskaya shot to fame in the Soviet Union with the role as a doctor in "Neokonchennaya povest" (1955) by director Fridrikh Ermler. In 1955 she was acclaimed as the "Best Soviet actress" of the year, and was a member of the Soviet delegation in Paris for the "Week of Soviet Film" there. A year later she was handpicked by writer Mikhail Sholokhov to co-star as Aksinya opposite Pyotr Glebov in "Tikhiy Don" (1957) by director Aleksandr Gerasimov. Her role as Aksinya in the "Tikhiy Don" trilogy became her best known work in film.

Since 1958 Bystritskaya has been a permanent member of the troupe with Maly Theatre in Moscow. There she appeared on stage with many other notable Russian actors.

She was designated People's Actress of the USSR (1978), and received awards and decorations from the Soviet State. Outside of her acting profession, Bystritskaya was president of Soviet Gymnastics Federation from 1975 - 1990. She also taught acting at Shchepkin School of Maly Theatre, and at Soviet State Theatrical Institute (GITIS). Elina Bystritskaya is living in Moscow, Russia.

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