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1. Anna Sten Anna Sten Actress, The Wedding Night Born in Russia to a Ukrainian father and a Swedish mother, Anna Sten studied at the Russian Film Academy and joined the Moscow Art Theater. Strikingly beautiful, she went on to appear in a number of Russian silent films, but it was in the German film Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff that Anna gained notice. Samuel Goldwyn saw a picture of Anna in the paper and rushed to view the film...
2. Louis B. Mayer Louis B. Mayer Miscellaneous Crew, Greed Mayer was born Lazar Meir in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he changed his name to Louis and fudged his birth date to reflect the more "patriotic" date of July 4...
3. Anatole Litvak Anatole Litvak Director, The Snake Pit The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and the consequent nationalization of all theaters and drama schools...
4. Joseph Conrad Joseph Conrad Writer, The Duellists Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Kiev Province, now the Ukraine, to Polish parents Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewa Bobrowska. His father was a political activist and he and his family were exiled after he was suspected of involvement with revolutionary activities. Conrad had no friends as a child and rarely associated with boys or girls...
5. Jo Swerling Jo Swerling Writer, It's a Wonderful Life Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter Jo Swerling, who also was a Tony Award-winning Broadway writer and lyricist, was born in Berdichev, Ukraine in what was then the Russian Empire. His family emigrated from Czarist Russia and he grew up on the Lower East Side in New York City. From a youthful job peddling newspapers...
6. Mikhail A. Bulgakov Mikhail A. Bulgakov Writer, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future Mikhail A. Bulgakov was a Russian writer and medical doctor known for big screen adaptations of his books, such as Beg and Master i Margarita. He was born Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov on May 15, 1891, in Kiev, Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He was the first of six children in the family of a theology professor...
7. Grigori Kozintsev Grigori Kozintsev Director, Hamlet Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev was born on March 22, 1905, in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, named Mikhail Kozintsev, was a medical doctor. Young Kozintsev studied at the Kiev Gymnazium. There, in 1919, he organized experimental theatre "Arlekin" together with his fellow students Sergei Yutkevich and Aleksei Kapler...
8. Jack Chefe Jack Chefe Actor, Drums of the Desert
9. Harry Grey Harry Grey Writer, Once Upon a Time in America Real name Harry/Herschel Goldberg. Born in Russia in 1901, son of Israel and Celia Goldberg, emigrated to USA in 1905. Dropped out from schooling at grade 7. Brother of Hyman Goldberg, a syndicated columnist and food critic for the New York Post and author of several books including "Our Man in the Kitchen", a compilation of recipes from his column as "Prudence Penny"...
10. Viktor Tourjansky Viktor Tourjansky Director, Herod the Great Viktor Tourjansky was a Russian film director who emigrated after the communist revolution of 1917, and worked in France, Germany, USA, UK, and Italy. He was born Viacheslav Konstantinovich Turzhanski on March 4, 1891, in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (now Kiyiv, Ukraine). Studied painting and art history...
11. Irène Némirovsky Irène Némirovsky Writer, Suite Française She was born in 1903 into a Ukrainian Jewish family, and emigrated to Paris as a young woman. She wrote nine books between 1929 and 1937, one of which was made into a movie ("David Golder", 1930). She became well-known in France, but did not become a French citizen. She converted to Catholicism in 1939...
12. Golda Meir Golda Meir Self, Ben Gurion Remembers
13. Aleksander Ford Aleksander Ford Director, Black Cross
14. Nicholas Saunders Nicholas Saunders Actor, Bananas
15. Lewis J. Selznick Lewis J. Selznick Miscellaneous Crew, A Pair of Silk Stockings Lewis J. Selznick, one of the pioneers of studio film production and the father of Oscar-winning Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick, was born Lewis Zeleznik in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire, into a poor Jewish family with 18 children. Selznick migrated to London at the age of 12, and then to the US, eventually winding up as a small-time jeweler in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
16. Sholom Aleichem Sholom Aleichem Writer, Fiddler on the Roof Sholom Aleichem (translated from Hebrew as a greeting "Peace be with you") was the pseudonym of Sholom Yakov Rabinovitz. He was born on February 18, 1859, in Pereyaslav near Kiev, Ukraine, in the Russian Empire. His father was a religious scholar and the family was trilingual. After his mother died of cholera...
17. Vaslav Nijinsky Vaslav Nijinsky Miscellaneous Crew, Nijinsky Vaslav Nijinsky was one of the most important male dancers of all time. He was born Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky on December 28, 1889, while his parents were on tour in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, Foma (Thomas) Lavrentevich Nijinsky, and his mother, Eleonora Bereda, were of Polish-Russian heritage...
18. Al Sherman Al Sherman Soundtrack, Barton Fink Al Sherman was born into a musical family on 7 September 1897 in Czarist Russia. Father Samuel Sherman fled a Cossack pogrom in 1903, settling in Prague which was then part of Austria-Hungary. Luck turned for Samuel and he landed a job as concertmaster, first violinist and sometimes court composer in the Royal Court of Emperor Franz Josef...
19. Nina Koshetz Nina Koshetz Actress, Algiers Singer/actress Nina Koshetz (1894-1965) was in Russia a distinguished artist in classical and nationalist repertoire. sining at the principal opera and recital houses of Europe. She was frequently accompanied by Siloti and Rachmaninoff. After settling in the US in 1920, she began a superb career as teacher and coach. She is known to have appeared in at least six Hollywood films.
20. Yossele Rosenblatt Yossele Rosenblatt Actor, The Jazz Singer
21. Vladimir Horowitz Vladimir Horowitz Soundtrack, Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was born on October 1, 1903, in Berdichev (near Kiev), Ukraine (then Russian Empire). His father, named Simeon Horowitz, was an electrical engineer. His mother, named Sophie Horowitz, was a professional pianist and teacher at the Kiev Conservatory. Young Vladimir Horowitz took his first piano lessons from his mother...
22. Xenia Desni Xenia Desni Actress, Der Turm des Schweigens
23. Michel Kelber Michel Kelber Cinematographer, French Cancan
24. Olga Valéry Olga Valéry Actress, Love in the Afternoon
25. Vera Voronina Vera Voronina Actress, The Patriot
26. Ilja Ehrenburg Ilja Ehrenburg Writer, The Love of Jeanne Ney
27. Aleksandr Vertinskiy Aleksandr Vertinskiy Actor, The White Countess Aleksandr Verrtinsky was a famous Russian actor, singer and songwriter who suffered traumatic experience during the Russian Revolution of 1917, and expressed himself through acting, singing and songwriting. Vertinsky created a cross-genre style of his own, by blending such styles as Russian folk-song with French chanson and American stand-up comedy...
28. Gregor Rabinovitch Gregor Rabinovitch Producer, Episode
29. Boleslaw Plotnicki Boleslaw Plotnicki Actor, Chleba naszego powszedniego
30. Aleksei Kapler Aleksei Kapler Writer, Chelovek-Amfibiya
31. Ina Benita Ina Benita Actress, Maryjka
32. Aleksei Pankratyev Aleksei Pankratyev Cinematographer, Zolotye ruki
33. Robert Mellin Robert Mellin Composer, Django Unchained Although a number of references believe Robert Mellin to have been born in Surrey, England in 1902, his obituary notices finally clarified that he was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and brought to England as a baby, albeit for a short stay. His father, 39-year-old tailor Joseph Melnikoff together with wife Anna (28) and one-year-old Robert were en route to America...
34. Sam Ross Sam Ross Writer, He Ran All the Way
35. Alex Melesh Alex Melesh Actor, Beyond Tomorrow
36. Nudie Nudie Actor, Real Life
37. Diana Karenne Diana Karenne Actress, Die Frau von vierzig Jahren
38. Wladimir Selinsky Wladimir Selinsky Music Department, Lux Video Theatre
39. Arnold Arnold Arnold Arnold Actor, Moscow Laughs
40. Yuriy Lysenko Yuriy Lysenko Director, Ogon
41. Morrie Roizman Morrie Roizman Editor, Is Everybody Listening?
42. Charlie Spivak Charlie Spivak Actor, Pin Up Girl Outstanding lead trumpeter who received financial help from his friend Glenn Miller to start up his first band in 1940. Miller also furnished Spivak's publicity tag line: "The Man who plays the sweetest Trumpet in the World". Charlie had already had a very prolific career as a band sideman, having started as a teenager with Paul Specht's orchestra ,later working with Tommy Dorsey...
43. Igor Youskevitch Igor Youskevitch Actor, Invitation to the Dance
44. Nikolai Shpikovsky Nikolai Shpikovsky Writer, Shakhmatnaya goryachka
45. Josef Berne Josef Berne Director, Jam Session
46. Pavel Pavlenko Pavel Pavlenko Actor, Frosty
47. Samuel Pokrass Samuel Pokrass Soundtrack, The Legend of Bagger Vance
48. Rafail Perelshtejn Rafail Perelshtejn Director, Ya vstretil devushku
49. Michel Safra Michel Safra Producer, Diary of a Chambermaid
50. Viktor Ivanov Viktor Ivanov Director, Za dvumya zaytsami
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