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Born in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
Birth NameElena Sergeyevna Katina
Nickname Kotenok
Height 5' 3¾" (1.62 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Elena Sergeevna Katina, better known as Lena Katina, is a Russian singer and songwriter who is best known for her work with Russian duo t.A.T.u. She started her career at the age of eight joining the Russian children's act Avenue, and soon after that, joining Neposedi. In 1999 Ivan Shapovalov chose Lena Katina for his project, t.A.T.u., as well as Yuliya Volkova. The duo would later become Russia's most successful pop music act. The group produced several hits including "All the Things She Said", "Not Gonna Get Us" and "All About Us". Their first single "All The Things She Said" peaked at number one in 19 countries including the UK, Russia and Australia.

In 2009 Katina began a solo career, which caused t.A.T.u. to go into a hiatus. In 2011 Katina and Volkova officially split to pursue solo careers. That year Katina released her first mainstream single "Never Forget", which in 2011 reached No. 1 on the MTV Russia Top 10 and also won the MTV Russia - 2011 Video Of The Year. The track also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and reached No. 1 in Greece.

In 2014, she released her debut album, This Is Who I Am.

Katina was born in Moscow on 4 October 1984 to the musician, Sergey Katin - who collaborated with "Dyuna", Marina Khlebnikova and other representatives of Russian show-business. Starting at just 4 years old, on her father's initiative, Katina began to attend various sport and music clubs for the purpose of fostering plastic arts and artistic talents. When she was seven Katina entered an ordinary school and within a year she entered music school for piano classes. When she was ten she joined the child-group "Avenue" as a soloist, where she would sing for the next 3 years. When she was 13 she became a member of vocal and instrumental group "Neposedi" (Fidgets) where she met Yulia Volkova with whom she became friends. At the casting, she sang a song in French and the jury were astonished by the quality of her voice. Soon Lena left the group due to her age - children sing in "Neposedi" up to 14 years old. At the age of 14 she was successfully cast as a member of the pop duo "t.A.T.u.".

Since her early childhood, Katina's hobbies have included artistic gymnastics, ballroom dancing, figure skating, swimming and horse-riding. She is also a skilled pianist and also enjoys reading, especially romance novels. Katina stated in a 2006 TeleHit interview that she used to listen to artists such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd when she was younger. She has two half-siblings, a younger paternal half-sister Katya and a maternal half-brother Ivan. She had a religious upbringing, and was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Katina made her film début alongside Julia Volkova and Mischa Barton in the 2011 film You and I, the story of two teenage girls who meet and fall in love at a Moscow t.A.T.u. concert. The film is based on the novel t.A.T.u. Come Back, which was in turn based on true events.

Lena voiced the fairy Zarina in the Russian dub of the Disney film The Pirate Fairy which was released on Feb.13, 2014.

The video of "Lyubov' v Kazhdom Mgnoveniy" (Love in every moment) was launched in 2014 as a short film named Together Apart that is part of the Cornetto marketing project Cornetto Cupidity. In the film, Lena is one of the cupids that try to bring a young couple through a long distance romance together.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Spouse (1)

Sasho Kuzmanovic (August 2013 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Her red hair

Trivia (17)

Was a member of duo t.A.T.u. with Yuliya Volkova from 1999 to 2009. The duo had a few short reunions in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. As a part of the band, she represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest: Latvia 2003 (2003) along with Volkova and they finished 3rd out of 26 entries.
Was a part of children singing bands "Neposedi" (1997-1998) and "Avenue" (1994-1997).
Hobbies include figure skating, gymnastics, ballroom dancing, horseback riding, swimming and reading.
Has a dog named Blankeria.
Speaks Russian and English
Ranked #10 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2003, ahead of Jennifer Garner and behind Elisha Cuthbert, Shakira, and Trista Sutter.
Her parents are musician Sergey Vasilyevich Katin and Inessa Vsevolodovna Katina.
Has a younger sister, Ekaterina Katina.
Has a pierced naval.
Has lost contact with fellow t.A.T.u. singer Yuliya Volkova after the band was dissolved in 2009. In 2012 Volkova was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but Katina didn't knew it until next year when Volkova met her and admitted that she was sick. Katina supported Volkova on her cancer battle.
Married her boyfriend of 3 years Sasho Kuzmanovic. They first met in 2003 through mutual friends. Kuzmanovic was a well-known Slovenia when they met but she didn't hear anything about him before and offended him at the first meeting in one of the clubs in Los Angeles. Then they met several more times in the company of mutual acquaintances and then started dating. When they started dating she told him that she never dating anyone for more than 2 years. Kuzmanovic became the first man whom she dated for more than 2 years and he proposed to her on their 2nd relationship anniversary. [August 2013]
Has a son, Aleksandr Kuzmanovic (b. May 22, 2015), with her husband Sasho Kuzmanovic.
Now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Stated that producer Ivan Shapovalov was inspired to create t.A.T.u. after the release of Show Me Love (1998). t.A.T.u. has a song titled "Show Me Love".
Russian singer-songwriter best known as one half of t.A.T.u., best for the song "All the Things She Said." She launched a solo career in 2009 and her first single, "Never Forget," won the MTV Russia 2011 Video Of The Year.
She married her longtime boyfriend, musician Sash Kuzma, in 2013. The couple welcomed a son, Aleksandr, in 2015.
She began her career at the age of eight in the children's group Avenue and joined t.A.T.u. in 1999, when she was fifteen.

Personal Quotes (17)

[Finish this sentence: "My fans have a surprised laugh if they knew ..."] That for 14 years I had two dreams: a professional makeup artist, and the other to study psychology to rehabilitate young drug addicts.
[After 12 years in a band, what's the best part of becoming a soloist?] In t.A.T.u. I was always in Julia's shadow. My only duty was to sing my part, and I didn't feel responsible for the show. She was the active part and I was passive. Now I'm the only one responsible for what happens on stage and what energy I radiate. I think all the artists who are part of a group secretly want to be soloists.
[What was your childhood (childish) obsession?] For years, every day, I ate a salami and mayonnaise sandwich, and I was addicted to noodle soup. I remember when we were going to the supermarket, rather than purchase individual packages, my grandmother took the entire box. Of course this was unhealthy, so far above my weight, and when t.A.T.u. first started I had to go on a strict diet.
[What did you like the least about being in a band?] I never was late, and she was always delayed. Sometimes we had events and I had to step up and wait up to an hour.
[You know the music business very well. What's the most unpleasant thing about it?] That people are fake. When they're in front of you they flatter you, but when you're not around, they destroy you. I have more respect for someone who tells me: "I love what you do." That someone who welcomes all.
[What is your favorite clothing brand?] I'm not very "fashion", I am a girl in jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts. I buy clothes I like, but don't pay attention to brands. There are some of Marc Jacobs clothes I like. Ah! Lingerie! And I think Provocateur show dedicated and sexy.
[Are there some Latin artists that you follow?] The truth is that my favorites are Pink and Garbage. And though of course I like Ricky Martin or Shakira, my liking is rock or electronic music. I can tell you who I feel a special connection with, and recently worked on a song with, is Belanova. They are unique and have a particular musical universe.
[The single you're promoting is called "Never Forget." What do you never forget when you travel?] There is no way I can forget my box of pills and creams for my face.
[What is the most expensive thing that you've bought?] I really am not very much of a big spender, but I bought a Vivienne Westwood blouse that cost me over a thousand dollars. To me that is very expensive!
[What is your hidden talent?] I am a great cook! I never had, but now I live with my boyfriend in Los Angeles me and I have many recipes. [Your specialty?] I'm Russian, so I am good with soups and they're delicious. I also really like meat, I believe that I will never again be a vegetarian! Roasted chicken, filet mignon... the list is long! (laughs)
[What's your guilty pleasure?] Smoking. I smoked for 10 years and then quit, but I must confess that when I'm in Moscow and I'm partying with my friends, I do it again. All smokers know when you have several cigarettes in a bar with a drink, it is difficult to stop. But yes, the next day I feel the most guilty.
[Your favorite cocktail?] I hate cocktail parties, mine is red wine and whiskey on the rocks.
[As for a day of shopping in your life?] For me it's torture. I have three pairs of jeans in different cuts that I use for years and years until they really are useless. When they see that and need new ones for another year, I go to the mall and replace the three models pairs. Same for the t-shirts: choose the same in various colors, and voila! Buy out of necessity, never for pleasure.
[Give me a Russian beauty secret...] I can't think of anything that's specifically Russian, I think the same rules apply to women of all latitudes and colors. The best thing is sleeping well, so the safety net is to use quality cosmetics. Do not skimp on cream or makeup, but reliable brands are ok, you don't have to go expensive.
[What kind of woman will you never be?] A woman that's angry and dissatisfied with her life.
Hey, all! I am seeing some comments lately regarding my position about LGBT and my religion. I can say one thing: God is teaching us to live in love, to be tolerant and not to judge other people! And I do so! Love is love and it is a wonderful feeling! I think everybody should be free to love who they love and be with who they want to spend their life with!
[on headlining St. Petersburg international festival Queerfest in 2012] We all are very different people and we should celebrate our differences. We should not be silent when we see this intolerant aggression towards LGBT-community.

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