Vera Valentinovna Alentova
February 21, 1942
|Education||Moscow Art Theatre|
Vera Alentova was born on February 21, 1942 in the town of Kotlas in the Arkhangelsk Oblast, in the family of actors Valentin Mikhailovich Bykov and Irina Nikolaevna Alentova. She was named in honor of her maternal grandmother, who died at the age of twenty-eight. The actress's grandfather graduated from Tomsk State University and worked as a doctor, her grandmother graduated from Bestuzhev's courses. Vera's father died when she was four years old, after which her mother took her to Ukraine.
She came to Moscow in 1961, where she entered the Moscow Art Theater School (course of Vasily Petrovich Markov). During the second course Alentova married Vladimir Menshov who was also studying acting at the same theatre school. Vera finished her studies in 1965, after which she became an actress of the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre. In the same year she debuted in cinema with the film Flying Days.
The actress appeared in a leading role as Nastya in the 1975 miniseries Such a Short Long Life which was about the life of ordinary Soviet families.
In 1979 Alentova starred in the popular romantic drama Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears which was directed by her husband Vladimir Menshov. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1981. In the film she played Katya Tikhomirova, a menial factory worker who rises to the ranks of a company director.
Since 2009, she co-operates with her husband Vladimir Menshov, an acting and directing workshop in VGIK.
- USSR State Prize (1981) for her role in Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
- Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1982)
- Vasilyev Brothers State Prize of the RSFSR (1986)
- People's Artist of Russia (1992)
- Order of Friendship (2001)
- People's Artist of Russia
- Order of Honour (Russia)
- 1966 Flying Days as Lidia Fyodorovna
- 1967 The Red and the White as nurse
- 1979 Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears as Katerina Tikhomirova
- 1987 Tomorrow Was the War as Valentina Andronovna
- 1995 What a Mess! as Carol Abzats, Zemfira Almazova, Lusiena Krolikova and Whitney Crolikow
- 2000 The Envy of Gods as Sonia