Friday, 18 November 2011

Russian Actress Elina Bystritskaya

Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya was born on 4th April 1928 in Kiev, USSR. She is a Soviet and Russian actress best known for her role of Axinia in Sergei Gerasimov's epic screening of Mikhail Sholokhov's novel And Quiet Flows the Don in 1958.
Jewish by ethnicity and a native of Kiev, Bystritskaya was chosen to play Axinia by Sholokhov himself over several distinguished candidates, notably Nonna Mordyukova. Before that, she co-starred with Sergey Bondarchuk in the Unfinished Story, an archetypal Socialist Realist film. Bystritskaya turned to theatre work in the Maly Theatre and her appearances on screen grew sporadic in the 1960s. She was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1978.

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