Irina Gubanova (Irina Igorevna Gubanova)

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Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]
Irina Gubanova was a Russian ballerina and film actress known as Elsa in The Snow Queen (1967) and Sonya in War and Peace (1966).

She was born Irina Igorevna Gubanova on March 3, 1940, in Leningrad, Russia (now, St. Petersburg, Russia). From 1950 to 1957 she studied classical ballet at the Leningrad Ballet Academy under Agrippina Vaganova, graduating in 1957 as ballerina. During the 1950s Gubanova made several appearances in ballet productions of the Kirov Ballet. However, she swapped the stage for celluloid and became staff actress at Lenfilm Studio in Leningrad. Read more...