Rina Zelenaya

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  • Name: Rina Green ( Catherine Green )
  • Date of birth: 7 November 1901
  • Age: 89 years
  • Date of death: 1 APR 1991
  • Place of birth: Tashkent
  • Height: 167
  • Activities: actress, variety actress, singer, people’s artist of the RSFSR
  • Marital status: widow

    Rina Green: biography

    Rina Zelenaya — Soviet theater and film actress, best known as Mrs. Hudson «the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson» and how the turtle tortilla in «the Adventures of Pinocchio».

    She was born in Tashkent on 7 November (25 October old style), 1901, and was the second child in the family: Catherine’s elder brother was John and younger sister Zinaida. In General, the Green family was considered unusual in the house, there is absolutely no love between the spouses and towards children.

    In Tashkent the girl went to a real school, but when his father was transferred to work in Moscow, it was recorded at the prestigious school von Derviz. There Catherine quickly caught the attention of the other students with his unusual behavior: climbing trees, jumped on the running Board of the tram, noisy, and generally behaved like a boy.

    After school, Green entered the Moscow theatre school, however, she says by accident. Just saw an advertisement, went in and read without preparation dramatic verse. But then she read, the louder laughed the admissions Committee – even then, Rina Green, he showed his unique facial expressions and manner of speech.

    The first professional stage actress became the Amateur theatre «Mole» in Odessa. By the way, in this place, the artist shortened the name Catherine, which does not fit the poster, up to 4 last letters and became Rina Green. Also, the actress performed on stage and radio, and recited poems and stories for children. During the war, Rina Green driven together with the front-line teams of artists and performed in front of men, after the country’s liberation from occupation, he was awarded order of the red Star.


    «Road to life» was the first sound picture in the history of Russian cinema, and Rina Zelenaya was invited to sing bawdy verses. She sang a lot of songs, but due to technical problems in the final version got only one episode.

    Generally, Rina V. loved the film and agree on any, even the most insignificant scene. But sometimes her mini-role attracted more attention than the main heroine of the picture. However, the partners actress was always lucky – Olga Orlova and Faina Ranevskaya, Tatiana Peltzer and Natalia Selezneva, Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin, list of stars of Russian cinema, which made up the ensemble, Rina Green, is endless.

    Turned to be very bright it the role of the talkative housekeeper in the Comedy «the foundling». Few people know that at first this character in the story was not. But during the filming of Green and Agniya Barto, who wrote the script of the film, decided to add a new character, Rina perfectly portrayed her on the screen. Later another Green in the Comedy «Spring» copied under the role of a makeup artist, originally intended for a man. Did she make on the go replica, including the catch phrase «These lips just don’t wear!».

    Rina Green and then often improvised, and in most cases, the new replicas remained in the final paintings. For example, such famous things like «the old Lady went to drink water, and then enough — Pieniny no» and «don’t come until I die! And I die soon!» was also a creation of the actress.

    In the 60-70-ies of the Green would often appear in children’s fairy tales: «Three fat men», «Chipollino», «little Red riding Hood». Very glad it was the role of the turtles tortilla in the film adaptation of «the adventures of Pinocchio». In addition to children and many cartoons where the voice of Rina Green, which cannot be confused with any other.

    Latest role, the actress became Mrs Hudson in the series about Sherlock Holmes. In the last part of it was filmed at the age of 85 years.

    Personal life

    First husband of Rina Green was lawyer Vladimir Blumenfeld. The man was much older than her, and this fact soon made itself felt – they simply ceased to understand each other. However, Vladimir was a friend of Rina and her new family was often a guest and interested in the life and career ex-wife.

    After the divorce, the actress came a whirlwind romance with a famous journalist Mikhail Koltsov. Green was deeply in love, but when she found out that the chosen one is married, refused to break up the family and ended the relationship. It was difficult for her, but just at that moment on her horizon appeared Konstantin Topuridze, became her second husband and the man in the life of the actress.

    Kote, as it was called Rina, a very famous architect, who designed several striking fountains that are installed in Moscow, the exhibition. Together with Rina, he lived the rest of his life. By the way, Green with great difficulty recovering from the loss of a loved one in the late 70-ies.


    The last years of his life Rina Green almost did not see anything because developed astigmatism and had difficulty walking after a hip fracture. However, it until his last days he retained his optimism and unique sense of humor. When she fell in the Park and could not rise alone, said: «Please note! Here lies Reena Green! She fell!»

    Also joked the actress of her titles and awards. When friends are surprised that she’s still not named a people’s artist of the USSR, Rina V. answered that will give 40 minutes before death. The joke proved prophetic. Mikhail Gorbachev has signed the decree about assignment to the Rin of this title Green on 1 April 1991, and in a few hours she died. The reason for the death of the legendary actress was cancer, which began to develop in the mid 60-ies.


    • 1939 — the foundling
    • 1947 — Spring
    • 1949 Meeting on the Elbe
    • 1957 — the girl without the address
    • 1963 — Tamers bikes
    • 1966 — Three fat men
    • 1973 — Cipollino
    • 1975 — The Adventures Of Pinocchio
    • 1977 — Little Red Riding Hood
    • 1979-1986 — the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson


    Rina Zelenaya

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