Google+

World of faces

Famous people all over the world

Category Archive: Theater

Jean Marais – great French actor

Jean Marais - great French actor

Jean Marais – great French actor


Jean Marais was a great French actor, who played many wonderful roles. In addition, he is known as a director, writer, artist, sculptor, stuntman.
Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais was born on December 11, 1913 in Cherbourg into the family of a veterinarian. But he almost did not remember his father, because his parents divorced when he was only five years old. At the age of six little Jean went to the cinema and immediately decided to become an actor. But the dream was not realized at once. He had to work at a small factory. The talented young man didn’t like the life of a simple worker. So, he became a pupil of the photographer. Having received the necessary experience, Jean Marais began to make photo-reports for the Paris fashion magazines and unexpectedly received an offer to work as a demonstrator of fashionable clothes. On the podium Jean felt himself confident.
More »

Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer


Contemporaries called him the eighth wonder of the world, King of the Air, God of Dance.
Vaslav Nijinsky was born on March 12, 1889 in Kiev. His parents were dancers at the Warsaw Imperial Theater and after retirement went on tour in Paris, Kiev, Minsk, Tiflis, Odessa, St. Petersburg. When they divorced, Eleanor Nijinskaya and their three children settled in the northern capital of Russia, St. Petersburg. She became the first teacher for her son.
At the age of ten Vaslav was brought to the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg by his parents. Soon he was recognized as remarkable by his ballet teacher, N. Legat.
More »

Vivien Leigh – English beauty

Vivien Leigh – English beauty

Vivien Leigh – English beauty

Vivien Leigh was an English actress, winner of two Oscar awards for the roles of American beauties: Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Talented actress often worked in collaboration with her husband, Laurence Olivier, who was a director of several films with her participation. During her thirty-year career, she had played a variety of roles from comedy heroines of Noel Coward and George Bernard Shaw to classic Shakespearean characters: such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet and Lady Macbeth. The actress had a poor health. Vivien and Olivier divorced in 1960, and later she only occasionally appeared in films and played in the theater until her death from tuberculosis.
She is one of the greatest actresses in the history.
More »

Dick Van Dyke – American comedian

Dick Van Dyke - American comedian

Dick Van Dyke – American comedian

Dick Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer. The first success was achieved in 1960 on Broadway when the actor received Tony Award for his role in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. Three years later, the musical was filmed and Van Dyke played in the movie. In 1964 he played the role in the film version of the musical Mary Poppins, for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe. From 1961 to 1966, Dick was a presenter of his own television show on CBS. The show received three Emmy awards. In 1979, Dyke together with actress Kathleen Quinlan starred in Stanley Kramer’s last film – drama The Runner Stumbles. In the 1990s the actor played the role of Dr. Mark Sloan in detective television series Diagnosis Murder.
Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri. His father was a traveling salesman for the Sunshine Biscuit Co and his mother was a housewife. Van Dyke has younger brother, Jerry, who also became an actor.
More »

Theda Bara – silent film star

Theda Bara - silent film star

Theda Bara – silent film star

Theda Bara was an American actress, silent film star and sex symbol of the late 1910s. She was one of the most popular actresses of her time and one of the first cinema sex symbols. She was nicknamed The Vamp.
Theda Bara was born on July 29, 1885 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Polish Jewish émigré Bernard Goodman and his Swiss wife Pauline Louise. Her father worked as a cutter in the studio, and her mother made wigs. Theda was the eldest child in the family, her brother Mark was born in 1888, and her sister Esther was born in 1897.
In 1903, the girl entered the University of Cincinnati and performed on the stage at the same time. Two years later she was expelled from the university. She left Cincinnati in search of fame. On August 18, 1908 the girl under the pseudonym Theo de Coppet made her debut in the play The Devil in New York. She played in the theater for nine years.
More »

Benedict Cumberbatch – British actor

Benedict Cumberbatch - British actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – British actor

Benedict Cumberbatch is a British theater, cinema and television actor. He is a winner of the Laurence Olivier Award (2012) and Emmy Award (2014), two-time nominee for Golden Globe and also was nominated for Oscar. In 2015 Benedict became Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Cumberbatch is best known for his roles of Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock (2010), Khan Noonien Singh in the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2013), journalist Julian Assange in the biographical thriller The Fifth Estate (2013) and the mathematician Alan Turing the historical drama The Imitation Game (2014). In 2016 the actor played the main role in the fantasy film Doctor Strange.
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976 in London, UK. He is a son of actors Timothy Carlton (full name Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham, a descendant of King Edward III of the Plantagenet dynasty.
More »

Florence Henderson – American actress

Florence Henderson - American actress

Florence Henderson – American actress

Florence Henderson is an American actress and singer, best known for her role in the sitcom The Brady Bunch.
Florence Agnes Henderson was born on February 14, 1934 in small town Dale, Indiana. She was the youngest of ten children in the family of Joseph and Elizabeth Henderson. Her mother was a housewife, and her father was engaged in the cultivation of tobacco. After graduating from the Saint Francis Catholic Academy in Owensboro, Kentucky, she moved to New York and entered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During her studies, the actress became a member of Delta Zeta women’s fraternity.
In 1952, Henderson debuted on Broadway. Her first role was in the musical Wish You Were Here. In 1954, the actress played in the musical Fanny, and in 1963 she played a leading role in The Girl Who Came to Supper. On the Broadway stage Florence met many of the great American actors.
More »

Page 1 of 41234