Vera Karalli

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Birthday
27, 1889
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 16, 1972 (83)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
27, 1889
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 16, 1972 (83)

About

Remembered as both a prominent ballerina and an actress of the silent film era, she was a principal dancer with Russia's Bolshoi Theatre and a performer in Russian silent movies such as War and Peace (1915) and The Dying Swan (1917).

Before Fame

In the early years of the twentieth century, she trained at the Moscow Theatre School and performed with the Ballets Russes company.

Trivia

The lover of Russia's Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, Karalli has long been suspected as a conspirator in the Bolshevik Revolution-era killing of Grigori Rasputin (the infamous mystic and advisor to the family of Russian Tsar Nicholas II).

Family Life

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, she lived in Lithuania, Romania, France, and Austria in the years following the October Revolution of 1917.

Associated With

She appeared in a 1915 cinematic adaptation of novelist Ivan Turgenev's work After Death.