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Little Red Riding Hood

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Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by every one who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. So she was always called Little Red Riding Hood.

One day her mother said to her, "Come, Little Red Riding Hood, here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. Take them to your grandmother, she is ill and weak, and they will do her good. Set out before it gets hot, and when you are going, walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path, or you may fall and break the bottle, and then your grandmother will get nothing. And when you go into her room, don't forget to say, good-morning, and don't peep into every corner before you do it. "

I will take great care, said Little Red Riding Hood to her mother, and gave her hand on it.

The grandmother lived out in the wood, half a league from the village, and just as Little Red Riding Hood entered the wood, a wolf met her. Little Red Riding Hood did not know what a wicked creature he was, and was not at all afraid of him.

"Good-day, Little Red Riding Hood," said he.

"Thank you kindly, wolf."

"Whither away so early, Little Red Riding Hood?"

"To my grandmother's."

"What have you got in your apron?"

"Cake and wine. Yesterday was baking-day, so poor sick grandmother is to have something good, to make her stronger."

"Where does your grandmother live, Little Red Riding Hood?"

"A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood. Her house stands under the three large oak-trees, the nut-trees are just below. You surely must know it," replied Little Red Riding Hood.

The wolf thought to himself, "What a tender young creature. What a nice plump mouthful, she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must act craftily, so as to catch both." So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red Riding Hood, and then he said, "see Little Red Riding Hood, how pretty the flowers are about here. Why do you not look round. I believe, too, that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing. You walk gravely along as if you were going to school, while everything else out here in the wood is merry."

Little Red Riding Hood raised her eyes, and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees, and pretty flowers growing everywhere, she thought, suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay. That would please her too. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time. And so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers. And whenever she had picked one, she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on, and ran after it, and so got deeper and deeper into the wood.

Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door.

"Who is there?"

"Little Red Riding Hood," replied the wolf. "She is bringing cake and wine. Open the door."

"Lift the latch," called out the grandmother, "I am too weak, and cannot get up."

The wolf lifted the latch, the door sprang open, and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother's bed, and devoured her. Then he put on her clothes, dressed himself in her cap, laid himself in bed and drew the curtains.

Little Red Riding Hood, however, had been running about picking flowers, and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more, she remembered her grandmother, and set out on the way to her.

She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open, and when she went into the room, she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself, oh dear, how uneasy I feel to-day, and at other times I like being with grandmother so much.

She called out, "Good morning," but received no answer. So she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face, and looking very strange.

"Oh, grandmother," she said, "what big ears you have."

"The better to hear you with, my child," was the reply.

"But, grandmother, what big eyes you have," she said.

"The better to see you with, my dear."

"But, grandmother, what large hands you have."

"The better to hug you with."

"Oh, but, grandmother, what a terrible big mouth you have."

"The better to eat you with."

And scarcely had the wolf said this, than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Little Red Riding Hood.

When the wolf had appeased his appetite, he lay down again in the bed, fell asleep and began to snore very loud. The huntsman was just passing the house, and thought to himself, how the old woman is snoring. I must just see if she wants anything.

So he went into the room, and when he came to the bed, he saw that the wolf was lying in it. "Do I find you here, you old sinner," said he. "I have long sought you."

Then just as he was going to fire at him, it occurred to him that the wolf might have devoured the grandmother, and that she might still be saved, so he did not fire, but took a pair of scissors, and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf.

When he had made two snips, he saw the Little Red Riding Hood shining, and then he made two snips more, and the little girl sprang out, crying, "Ah, how frightened I have been. How dark it was inside the wolf."

And after that the aged grandmother came out alive also, but scarcely able to breathe. Little Red Riding Hood, however, quickly fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf's belly, and when he awoke, he wanted to run away, but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once, and fell dead.

Then all three were delighted. The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and went home with it. The grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Little Red Riding Hood had brought, and revived, but Little Red Riding Hood thought to herself, as long as I live, I will never by myself leave the path, to run into the wood, when my mother has forbidden me to do so.

It is also related that once when Little Red Riding Hood was again taking cakes to the old grandmother, another wolf spoke to her, and tried to entice her from the path. Little Red Riding Hood, however, was on her guard, and went straight forward on her way, and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf, and that he had said good-morning to her, but with such a wicked look in his eyes, that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. "Well," said the grandmother, "we will shut the door, that he may not come in."

Soon afterwards the wolf knocked, and cried, "open the door, grandmother, I am Little Red Riding Hood, and am bringing you some cakes."

But they did not speak, or open the door, so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house, and at last jumped on the roof, intending to wait until Little Red Riding Hood went home in the evening, and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness. But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. In front of the house was a great stone trough, so she said to the child, take the pail, Little Red Riding Hood. I made some sausages yesterday, so carry the water in which I boiled them to the trough. Little Red Riding Hood carried until the great trough was quite full. Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf, and he sniffed and peeped down, and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip, and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough, and was drowned. But Little Red Riding Hood went joyously home, and no one ever did anything to harm her again.

You may enjoy reading a "fractured fairy tale" version of this story in rhyme, How Little Red Riding Hood Came to Be Eaten, and our collection of Favorite Fairy Tales.

The story of Little Red Riding Hood

[en español]

by Leanne Guenther

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest.   Whenever she went out, the little girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood.

One morning, Little Red Riding Hood asked her mother if she could go to visit her grandmother as it had been awhile since they'd seen each other.

"That's a good idea," her mother said.  So they packed a nice basket for Little Red Riding Hood to take to her grandmother.

When the basket was ready, the little girl put on her red cloak and kissed her mother goodbye.

"Remember, go straight to Grandma's house," her mother cautioned.  "Don't dawdle along the way and please don't talk to strangers!  The woods are dangerous."

"Don't worry, mommy," said Little Red Riding Hood, "I'll be careful."

But when Little Red Riding Hood noticed some lovely flowers in the woods, she forgot her promise to her mother.  She picked a few, watched the butterflies flit about for awhile, listened to the frogs croaking and then picked a few more.  

Little Red Riding Hood was enjoying the warm summer day so much, that she didn't notice a dark shadow approaching out of the forest behind her...

Suddenly, the wolf appeared beside her.

"What are you doing out here, little girl?" the wolf asked in a voice as friendly as he could muster.

"I'm on my way to see my Grandma who lives through the forest, near the brook,"  Little Red Riding Hood replied.

Then she realized how late she was and quickly excused herself, rushing down the path to her Grandma's house. 

The wolf, in the meantime, took a shortcut...

The wolf, a little out of breath from running, arrived at Grandma's and knocked lightly at the door.

"Oh thank goodness dear!  Come in, come in!  I was worried sick that something had happened to you in the forest," said Grandma thinking that the knock was her granddaughter.

The wolf let himself in.  Poor Granny did not have time to say another word, before the wolf gobbled her up!

The wolf let out a satisfied burp, and then poked through Granny's wardrobe to find a nightgown that he liked.  He added a frilly sleeping cap, and for good measure, dabbed some of Granny's perfume behind his pointy ears.

A few minutes later, Red Riding Hood knocked on the door.  The wolf jumped into bed and pulled the covers over his nose.  "Who is it?" he called in a cackly voice.

"It's me, Little Red Riding Hood."

"Oh how lovely!  Do come in, my dear," croaked the wolf.

When Little Red Riding Hood entered the little cottage, she could scarcely recognize her Grandmother.

"Grandmother!  Your voice sounds so odd.  Is something the matter?" she asked.

"Oh, I just have touch of a cold," squeaked the wolf adding a cough at the end to prove the point.

"But Grandmother!  What big ears you have," said Little Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed.

"The better to hear you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother!  What big eyes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood.

"The better to see you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother!  What big teeth you have," said Little Red Riding Hood her voice quivering slightly.

"The better to eat you with, my dear," roared the wolf and he leapt out of the bed and began to chase the little girl.

Almost too late, Little Red Riding Hood realized that the person in the bed was not her Grandmother, but a hungry wolf.

She ran across the room and through the door, shouting, "Help!  Wolf!" as loudly as she could.

A woodsman who was chopping logs nearby heard her cry and ran towards the cottage as fast as he could.

He grabbed the wolf and made him spit out the poor Grandmother who was a bit frazzled by the whole experience, but still in one piece."Oh Grandma, I was so scared!"  sobbed Little Red Riding Hood, "I'll never speak to strangers or dawdle in the forest again."

"There, there, child.  You've learned an important lesson.  Thank goodness you shouted loud enough for this kind woodsman to hear you!"

The woodsman knocked out the wolf and carried him deep into the forest where he wouldn't bother people any longer.

Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother had a nice lunch and a long chat.


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Little Red Riding Hood (character) - pictures, quotes, fairy tale, image, description

Character history

Little Red Riding Hood is a character in a popular children's fairy tale. The story of a little girl who met a gray wolf in the forest goes back to the Middle Ages. It was then that the first folk versions of the fairy tale narration appeared. Later, Western and Russian writers were engaged in the literary processing of the plot.

The story of the creation of the character

The tale of the adventures of a girl who met a wolf has existed for a very long time. Such a story was passed from mouth to mouth by the inhabitants of medieval Italy and France. In Central Europe, this story has been spread since the XIV century and enjoyed unprecedented popularity. Moreover, in different countries, the contents of the basket of a little girl varied. So, in northern Italy, a girl went to her grandmother with fresh fish, in Swiss legends - with young cheese, in France in her granddaughter's basket - pies and butter.

The plot was as follows: a mother asks her little daughter to visit her grandmother, who lives on the other side of the forest. The girl should take a treat for a relative. In the forest, the heroine encounters a gray wolf (in some versions of the tale, a werewolf or an ogre). Trusting, the granddaughter tells the stranger where she is going. Then a plan ripens in the head of the wolf - the character hurries to the grandmother's house.

The gray villain kills the unfortunate woman and cooks dinner out of her, and the old woman's blood serves as the basis for the drink. In the meantime, the wolf dresses up in the costume of the deceased, lies down on the bed and waits for the unsuspecting granddaughter. When the girl enters the house, the wolf kindly invites her to taste a fragrant dinner. The cat, who saw what was happening earlier with his own eyes, tries to warn the main character, but the antagonist throws wooden shoes at the animal and kills it.

Next, the wolf offers the naive girl to undress and go to bed with him. The granddaughter grants this request by throwing her clothes into the fireplace. This is followed by the questions of the little girl why "grandmother" looks so strange. The wolf pounces on the child and eats his prey alive. In some (rare) cases, the girl manages to escape.

In the 17th century the French writer Charles Perrault decided to rework this folk tale. Since the storyteller focused on a children's audience, he excluded cannibalism from the original narrative, and also removed the storyline associated with the murder of a cat. The author dressed the nameless girl in a scarlet companion cap and named her Little Red Riding Hood. Such a cap had already gone out of fashion in the cities at the time of writing the work, but was still popular among village women.

Charles Perrault created his version of the tale in a poetic style, and also provided the text with a moral that expresses the main idea of ​​the plot and the essence of the tale - a little girl who violates the rules of behavior bitterly pays for her frivolity. For the first time, the work of the French classic was published in 1697 - Perrault included this manuscript in the collection Tales of Mother Goose.

At the beginning of the 19th century, German storytellers, the brothers Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm, offered the children's audience a new literary arrangement of the plot. The storytellers removed the motives about the relationship of the sexes, which reflected the fairy tale of Charles Perrault, and endowed the story with a happy ending: the woodcutters who were passing by heard a noise, burst into the house and cut the wolf's stomach with scissors, freeing both the grandmother and the granddaughter.

Literary critics note that such a line could be borrowed from another children's book called "The Wolf and the Seven Kids", as well as from the play by the German romantic Ludwig Tieck "The Life and Death of Little Red Riding Hood", created in 1800. In the new interpretation of the Brothers Grimm, the heroine violates not decency, but the order of her mother, who warned her daughter not to communicate with strangers and turn off the straight road.

In Russia, the story was translated by the literary critic Pyotr Polevoy, who tried to preserve the original meaning created by the Brothers Grimm. The literary adaptation of the plot, made by the Russian classic Ivan Turgenev, gained particular popularity. There are also translations by other authors. At different times, the pictures for the fairy tale were made by famous artists.

Biography and image of Little Red Riding Hood

In the editions of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, no detailed description of the appearance is given, the age and characteristics of the heroine are not indicated. According to the text, she is a little girl who lives in a village on the edge of the forest. Traditionally, artists depict the child as fair-haired, with cute features. The heroine is dressed either in a red cloak with a hood, or in a red head cap. The image of the girl is simple-hearted and naive, which is typical for her young age.

The action of the tale begins with the fact that the mother asks her little daughter to take gifts to her grandmother, who lives on the other side of the forest. The woman warns the girl not to stop and talk to strangers along the way. The little heroine leaves the house and soon meets a gray wolf on a forest path. He asks where Little Red Riding Hood is going. The girl does not hide that she is going to visit her grandmother.

The wolf says goodbye to the girl and quickly heads towards the old woman's house. There he eats his grandmother, puts on her clothes and cap, glasses, and goes to bed, waiting for the arrival of the little heroine. Arriving at a relative, Little Red Riding Hood does not immediately notice the unusual appearance of the "grandmother". But after seeing the "old woman" closer, the girl asks why she looks so unusual. The wolf, taking this opportunity, pounces on the heroine, eats and falls asleep.

Soon lumberjacks (lumberjacks) pass by my grandmother's house. They hear loud snoring as the door remains open. Seeing a wolf with a swollen belly, the lumberjacks rip open the wolf's belly, and Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma emerge unharmed. There are options for saving female characters by hunters (or a hunter). The story remains popular today. The phrases of the heroes have become famous quotes.

Little Red Riding Hood in films

In 1977, the Soviet musical film “About Little Red Riding Hood. Continuation of the old fairy tale. The role of the main character was played by 10-year-old actress Yana Poplavskaya. The plot of the picture differed from the classical version - two wolves hunted the girl at once, but it turned out that in fact people are more dangerous and angrier than these predators. And Little Red Riding Hood herself has to protect the wolves from the attacks of the locals. The film includes vocal compositions, among which the song of the main character (the composition was performed by 8-year-old Olga Rozhdestvenskaya) gained particular popularity.

In subsequent years, various director's versions of the European fairy tale come out. Basically, the action is presented in the genre of horror or thriller. The plot of Little Red Riding Hood often appeared in Soviet animation - the first cartoon based on the fairy tale was released in 1937. An amusing rethinking of the fairy tale narrative is introduced in the 1958 animated feature Petya and Little Red Riding Hood, where the heroine is rescued by a Soviet pioneer. In 2012, the comedy Russian musical Little Red Riding Hood was released.

Interesting facts

  • According to research, there was also a second wolf in the folk story, but this unfortunate predator, drowned by the heroine in boiling tar, was forgotten.
  • A monument to Little Red Riding Hood and the Gray Wolf was erected in the town of Schwalm. In this German town, there is a tradition: on holidays, girls wear scarlet capes, and guys wear wolf masks.
  • Sculptures dedicated to the heroine are also in Munich, Yalta, Berlin and other cities.


  • 1697 - “Red hat”
  • 1800 - “Life and death of red cap”
  • 1810 - “Red hat”


  • 1937 - “Red cap” (USSR)
  • 1958 - “Petya Petya and Little Red Riding Hood” (USSR)
  • 1977 — “About Little Red Riding Hood. Continuation of the old fairy tale (USSR)
  • 2011 — Little Red Riding Hood (USA)
  • 2012 — Little Red Riding Hood (musical) (Russia)

Little Red Riding Hood or Malvina? How did the lives of those who broke the hearts of Soviet boys

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They played fairy-tale characters so sincerely that the audience associated young artists with their heroines. Letters from fans came to little stars in batches, they were offered new roles in the cinema, but many actresses ended up changing their field of activity.

June 28, 2019283

Yana Poplavskaya as Little Red Riding Hood

Still from the film "About Little Red Riding Hood" by Leonid Nechaev, film studio "Belarusfilm"

For viewers, Soviet musical fairy tales remain relevant as a reminder of a happy childhood. Looking at Little Red Riding Hood, Malvina and Alisa Selezneva, schoolchildren were overwhelmed with emotions: the girls envied and dreamed of being just as beautiful and popular, and the boys unrequitedly fell in love with the characters on the other side of the screen.

For some actresses, the role in the children's film was the only one, others continued to play in the cinema. The girls who received all-Union fame have long grown up, but even now they fondly remember the time when they were called by the names of characters.

On June 28, Yana Poplavskaya, who played Little Red Riding Hood, turns 52 years old. She is still grateful to fate for turning into the idol of millions of schoolchildren at the age of 11, who now show the fairy tale to their own children. On the birthday of the actress, we will tell you how her life turned out after the famous role, and what happened to her colleagues, who turned the heads of all Soviet boys.


The future artist was born in the family of a journalist and an actress. The girl grew up in a creative environment: artists were frequent guests in the house. When the child was four years old, the parents divorced. Yana Poplavskaya's mother soon found a new man. Yana called her stepfather "Uncle Volodya", but treated him like her own dad.

Poplavskaya started filming at the age of four, and at six her name could already be found in the Mosfilm card index. But the title of "the most beautiful girl in the Soviet Union" did not come to the artist immediately. At first, classmates called her ugly, and Yana could hear unpleasant comments about her own appearance even at home.

“Even my mother told me: “You are so ugly, you will have to give a big dowry for you to get married,” the actress shared on the air of the program “The Fate of a Man”.

Yana Poplavskaya played Little Red Riding Hood almost 42 years ago


Yana Poplavskaya was 11 when the turning point in her life took place. The young artist had already been approved for work in the film "Sea Pup", and the girl was preparing to leave for America, where the shooting took place. But then another interesting proposal came in - the main role in a musical fairy tale. “Volodya, let’s give her to Little Red Riding Hood, what if this is her fate?” Poplavskaya's mother decided after consulting with her husband.

The parent hit the mark - after the release of the film, the girl was recognized by passers-by, and directors often invited her to films. Yana received letters in bags from schoolchildren in love. Classmates continued to tease the actress, but the boys in the messages strewed her with compliments.

The artist continued acting. At 14, she played a sick abandoned girl in the film Vassa, and in 1981 she played a role in the film Transitional Age, being on the same platform with her mother. However, the parent was dissatisfied with the work of her daughter. “They never gave me a descent, my mother was my main critic, she could easily say that I was playing ugly,” admitted Yana.

Now Yana Poplavskaya is happily married


The parent also influenced the private life of the heiress by introducing her to Sergei Ginzburg. Yana and Sergey got married, their son Klim was born. From the outside, the union of two creative people seemed happy, but no one knew what was going on behind the facade of the idyll. The actress worked for two, trying to feed her family, and her husband began to cheat on her. Soon, the artist experienced a tragedy: the onset of pregnancy turned out to be difficult, and Yana lost her child.

The birth of the second son Nikita did not improve the relations between the spouses. Being pregnant, the actress recovered due to the use of hormonal drugs. Sergei reproached his wife, saying that she looked bad, although Yana tried by all means to save the baby. Poplavskaya's patience ran out, and the marriage finally collapsed when she again fell in love with radio host Yevgeny Yakovlev. With him, the star found happiness, once again feeling needed and desired.


Natalya Guseva did not think of becoming an artist

Still from Pavel Arsenov's painting "Guest from the Future" by Gorky Film Studio

Since childhood, the girl loved to observe the life of insects and cherished the dream of becoming an entomologist. Not a single school Olympiad in chemistry and biology was complete without the participation of Natalia Guseva. Her goal was to enter Moscow State University, and the child did not even think about the career of an actress: because of her natural modesty, Natalya was embarrassed to even ask a passerby what time it was.

But everything changed when a director from the Gorky film studio came to the class of a 12-year-old schoolgirl in search of an actress for the short film Dangerous Trifles. The children were asked to read poetry, and then the teacher recommended Natasha to the director, who approved her for the role. On the set, Pavel Arsenov drew attention to the young Guseva. He immediately realized that in front of him was the ideal Alisa Selezneva, the same “Guest from the Future”.

“I didn't imitate anything, I was myself and didn't experience any acting difficulties on set. She just lived her life, ”Guseva admitted.

The girl loved Kir Bulychev's book "One Hundred Years Ahead", which was made into a film, and therefore agreed to the role. After the premiere, wild popularity fell upon her: previously indifferent classmates now confessed their love to the blue-eyed actress, fans were on duty in her entrance, and the table was bursting with letters. Parents were worried that the fans could seriously kidnap the child. The directors bombarded the young actress with offers, but Natalya firmly decided to return to the course she had planned since childhood - to become a biologist.

Guseva left cinema forever, but she met her husband thanks to Alisa Selezneva. Paramedic Denis Murashkevich was in love with the artist in absentia and even snuck into her hotel room when Natalia flew to his hometown of Minsk. A few years after the incident, Murashkevich met the actress by chance. The couple began an affair, which smoothly flowed into marriage.

Natalya Guseva found her first husband thanks to the role of Alisa Selezneva


When the couple had a daughter, Natalia's mother-in-law insisted that the baby should be named Alice. Guseva was against it and gave the heiress another name - Alesya. But gradually romance left the relationship of lovers, and they decided to divorce. In 2014, the microbiologist found a new life partner, designer Sergei Ambinder, and the second child of the Guest from the Future star, Sofia, was born.

For several years, no one knew about this marriage of the former actress: she did not miss the popularity, perceiving her past profession as an adventure, and outside the world of cinema she preferred to keep the details of her personal life a secret.


The role of Masha Startseva made Inga Ilm famous

A still from Vladimir Alenikov's painting The Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin, Ordinary and Unbelievable, produced by the Odessa Film Studio

Inga was born in Leningrad and, like many residents of the cultural capital, admired her native city. According to Inga Ilm herself, St. Petersburg became her first "teacher", instilled a sense of beauty and later influenced her choice of profession. Ilm dreamed of getting a decent education and becoming a scientist. But fate decreed otherwise.

There were always many guests at the Ilm family home. A large company, which included Leningrad actors, in the evenings whiled away the time talking and giving preference. One of the artists looked at little Inga and offered to take a picture of a charming girl, and send the pictures to the film studio. When Vladimir Alenikov began work on the film "The Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin," he had the footage of the child. Of the dozens of contenders for the main role in the film, the director chose 12-year-old Inga Ilm.

After the release of the film, the entire Soviet Union fell in love with the girl. But the schoolgirl was burdened by popularity, especially when she realized that she had become a hostage to the role. Inga has been associated with Masha Startseva for many years.

“I had to change schools. Having switched to another already finished "Masha", I did not cause such strong irritation among the teachers. True, I received a lot of letters. Then everyone exchanged calendars, and I had a great opportunity to do this with the whole country, ”said the actress.

In the 90s Inga Ilm starred in TV series and worked as a presenter

A still from Yury Belenky's painting Goryachev and Others, produced by the Center for Commercial Television

Nevertheless, Ilm was grateful to the director who gave her a wonderful childhood: the shooting took place in Odessa, where the young actors not only worked, but also enjoyed walks in the city. But the performance of the girl has noticeably decreased, because because of her participation in the film, she had to miss a lot of lessons. Inga slipped to the "triples" and could no longer dream of a career as a scientist. After school, she entered a theater university and continued to play in films.

On the set of the Russian-Irish film Ladder of Light, Ilm met her husband, director Jerry McCarthy. The couple had a son. But Inga dreamed of improving her profession, so a few years later she left for America for acting classes. The idea was a failure, and I had to study and work as an administrator in a restaurant. Returning to Russia, the star got a job in the theater, and then on television. At that time, the artist's marriage cracked: the lovers could not decide in which country to stay for good.

In 2008, Inga finally fulfilled her long-standing desire and entered the Moscow State University. Now the 47-year-old actress, a certified art critic, lives in Rome with her second husband, Igor Severtsev. The history of the couple's acquaintance is full of romance. The director and designer found out Ilm's number from her colleague and once invited her for a walk. A woman, tired of filming on television, spontaneously agreed to meet a stranger. But by the will of fate, it was thanks to Igor that the artist realized that she was tired of life without days off and of constant turmoil. Now Inga Ilm has finally left TV and is enjoying a professional field that is close to her in spirit - the history of culture.


Tatyana Protsenko became a star at the age of six

A still from the film The Adventures of Buratino by Leonid Nechaev, film studio Belarusfilm

Tatyana learned the taste of fame early. The parents of a six-year-old girl sent her photographs to a film studio, and director Leonid Nechaev invited her to star in the film The Adventures of Pinocchio. The role of Malvina seemed like a dream to Protsenko: she loved the fairy tale "The Golden Key" and thought that she would be in the frame with the dog, the poodle Artemon. To the disappointment of the young actress, the dog was played by a boy dressed in a suit.

It was difficult on the set, because the demanding director wanted to make the adaptation of the fairy tale perfect. Little Tanya did not always understand how to show emotions on camera. So, once two hours could not get sincere tears from her. The scene was successful only when Nechaev shouted at the girl in his hearts. Protsenko was the only child in the family, her voice was never raised, she was cherished and cherished, so the upset Malvina seriously burst into tears, and the cameraman was able to capture this for the film.

Seeing Tatyana's film debut, her peers were divided into two camps: the girls, who called the young star clean and boring because of the role, and the boys, who were embarrassed at the mere glance of the beautiful Malvina. Protsenko's career could go uphill, because Nechaev was already preparing a new fairy tale for her - "About Little Red Riding Hood", but a fatal accident crossed out the director's plans. Tanya fell off her bike and got a serious back injury, after which any physical and emotional stress was forbidden to the baby by the doctors. As a result, the character was embodied on the screen by Yana Poplavskaya.

“What happened happened, so it was meant to be. I entered the film studies department of VGIK. Then I felt very well what loneliness is, ”Tatyana recalled the ridicule of classmates who criticized her for her early role.

Tatyana Protsenko started a family with actor Alexei Voytyuk


Trials awaited Protsenko in family life as well. Tatyana's first marriage turned out to be unhappy, although the couple had a daughter, Anya, the husband led a wild life and cheated on his wife while she was at home with the child. The actress decided to divorce, cutting off all contact with the chosen one who betrayed her.

But then luck smiled on Protsenko. She got a job at a publishing house, where she met Alexei Voytyuk, who also recently experienced a breakup and also played in the fairy tale "After Rain on Thursday." A dizzying romance turned into a new marriage. In this union, Tatyana gave birth to a son. The spouses are still inseparable and both are engaged in creativity: Alexei acts in films, and the 51-year-old star of the Adventures of Pinocchio writes and publishes poetry.


Anna Plisetskaya played the daughter of the Banks couple

Still from Leonid Kvinikhidze's "Mary Poppins, Goodbye" by Mosfilm Studio

Anna is the niece of the legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. The girl's mother, Marianna Sedova, became famous as an artist of the Bolshoi Theater, and her father - as a famous choreographer. Only Anna's grandmother, Rachel Messerer, who played in silent films, was connected with the world of cinema.

Little Plisetskaya first appeared on the screen at the age of three, starring in the ballet film Anna Karenina. However, Soviet viewers began to recognize the 13-year-old girl after the role of Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Goodbye. After the release of the picture, all the actors who participated in it felt what popularity is.

“After “Mary Poppins, goodbye,” they told me: “You should have gone to America and become a Hollywood star,” Plisetskaya said.

But neither letters from fans nor feedback from others convinced Anna to continue her acting career. She knew that, as a representative of the famous ballet dynasty, she could not choose a different path. After graduating from the academy, the artist worked at the Mariinsky Theater, and then toured Asia and the USA.

In the 2000s, Plisetskaya began creating dance programs for gifted children. It seemed that she was so passionate about work that there was simply no time left for her personal life. “I don’t have a personal life, because you won’t meet people like in the previous generation now - the release has been discontinued. To linger in my life, you must not let me quickly read myself. And I have nothing to give birth to children - there is no money. Maybe I'll have another baby. But for now I am the last Plisetskaya, ”Anna said two years ago.

Anna Plisetskaya was often compared to the famous aunt

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The ballerina rarely gives interviews and hides whether she has a lover.

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