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Varvara Massalitinova (1878–1945)

Varvara Osipovna Massalitinova was born on July 29, 1878, in Yelets, Lipetsk province, Russian Empire (now Yelets, Russia). She began acting at an amateur theatre club in the Siberian city of Tomsk, then moved to Moscow and studied acting under A. Lensky at Moscow Theatrical school from which she graduated in 1901, as an actress. From 1901-1945 ... See full bio »


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 1939 On His Own
Akulina Ivanovna Kashirina
 1938 Alexander Nevsky
Amelfa Timoferevna - Buslai's Mother (as V. Massalitova)
 1938 The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
Akulina Ivanva Kashirin, grandmother
 1934 Thunderstorm
Marfa Ignatovna Kabanova, her mother-in-law
 1924 Father Frost
 1922 Polikushka
The joiner's wife

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Alternate Names:

V. Massalitinova | V. Massalitova

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Sister of actor-director Nikolai Osipovich Massalitinov (see separate entry about him). Both of those beloved old Russian-born character actors were corpulent individuals, which suggests that obesity may have run in the Massalitinov family.

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