Alexander Godunov
Russian-American dancer and actor
Alexander Godunov
Alexander Borisovich Godunov, nicknamed "Sascha" was a Russian-American danseur and film actor, whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the United States and the Soviet Union.
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - over 5 years
In 1979, Russian ballet star Alexander Godunov was granted political asylum in the United States after defecting from the communist country while touring in New York with the Bolshoi Ballet. In 1985, Roseanne Barr made he first national TV appearance
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Story Notes for Die Hard - AMCtv.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Alexander Godunov was a famous ballet dancer before becoming an actor. Alan Rickman made his film debut in Die Hard at 42 years old after a long career in theatre. The filmmakers saw him onstage in Dangerous Liaisons and knew they had found their
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"Demascarea", "Pina" şi "Ursul", proiectate la TIFF - Romania Libera
Google News - over 5 years
Actriţa nu sa măritat niciodată deşi a avut parte de câteva relaţii extrem de romantice cu actorul canadian Michael Sarrazin, care a murit în urmă cu o lună, la vârsta de 70 de ani, sau cu cel de origine rusă, Alexander Godunov
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Fin de semana de ballet y Amor en el Teatro Teresa Carreño - RNV
Google News - almost 6 years
... donde inicialmente trabajó en Ballet junto a notables figuras como Rudolf Nureyev y Dominique Khalfouni (Giselle), Vladimir Vasiliev y Ekaterina Maximova (Giselle), Alexander Godunov, Fernando Bujones y Cynthia Gregory (Lago de los cisnes),
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Exitosa presentación de “Don Quijote” en Natales - La Prensa Austral
Google News - almost 6 years
... entregaron un ramo de flores a las principales bailarinas del elenco. En el Ballet del Teatro Municipal de Santiago, fundado en 1959, han actuado artistas del nivel de Margot Fonteyn, Alexander Godunov, Julio Bocca, Eva Evdkimova y Marcia Haydeé
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Don Quijote llega al fin del mundo - El Pingüino
Google News - almost 6 years
El Ballet del Teatro Municipal de Santiago, fundado en 1959, cuenta con una brillante trayectoria en la que han actuado destacados bailarines como Margot Fonteyn, Alexander Godunov, Julio Bocca, Eva Evdkimova y Marcia Haydée, una de las más grandes
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Igor Moiseyev, Choreographer of Balletic Russian Folk Dance, Dies at 101
NYTimes - over 9 years
Igor Moiseyev, the master choreographer who created a new form of theatrical folk dance in Russia and whose troupe was one of the most popular dance companies of the 20th century, died yesterday in Moscow. He was 101. His death, at a hospital where he had been unconscious for three days, was announced by the troupe's director, Yelena Shcherbakova,
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DANCE REVIEW; A Night of Fun as the International Stars Turn
NYTimes - about 10 years
Most ballet ''star'' galas are a bore, short on genuine stars and long on classical war horses and undistinguished new choreography. The annual ''Stars of the 21st Century,'' the work of the husband-and- wife production team Solomon Tencer and Nadia Veselova-Tencer, tends to take itself less seriously. And despite its share of tedium, ''Stars,''
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BLOCKS; An Old and Comfortable Face Is Leaving the Park's Side
NYTimes - over 12 years
LONG past its glory days -- if it ever really had any -- the Mayflower Hotel on the Park is disappearing from the New York scene as quietly as it occupied it. But its passing should be noted since its presence and absence speak of a city that once seemed to value understatement more than it does today. The 18-story, 365-room hotel, between 61st and
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; An American Mix of Flair And Form
NYTimes - over 14 years
She had it all. Few ballerinas in the world have excelled in as wide a repertory as Susan Jaffe during her 22 years at American Ballet Theater. She retires tonight from the company after her performance in ''Giselle'' at the Metropolitan Opera House. In the 19th-century classics traditionally associated with Russian and British dancers, she bloomed
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DANCE; Resolute Artists Who Learned to Endure
NYTimes - over 16 years
SUSAN JAFFE, the luminous classical ballerina with the flashing emerald eyes, gets straight to the point. ''It's neat that I've lasted this long,'' she says with a broad smile. Longevity is admirable, particularly in a profession where careers are notoriously short. Two decades spent in the same company, American Ballet Theater, is also estimable.
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Think Like Callas, Jump Like a Cat
NYTimes - almost 19 years
Rare is the ballet star who creates a new image of a familiar role and even of what dancing can be. Yet virtually every performance by Vladimir Malakhov, international ballet's current sensation, is a revelation. At American Ballet Theater, with which he has appeared since 1995, and where he is to perform through the beginning of July, his airborne
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DANCE REVIEW; Ballet Bites, to the Tune of a Benefit
NYTimes - almost 19 years
You know it's time to rethink the ballet-benefit formula when the star of the show is not in tights, much less a tutu. Hillary Rodham Clinton, wearing a white suit with inlaid sequins, stepped on stage to cheers and applause on Monday night before a black-tie audience at the opening of American Ballet Theater's two-month season at the Metropolitan
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DANCE;At Ballet Theater, A Rebound Amid All the Bounding
NYTimes - almost 21 years
DANCERS CONVEY MEANING through gesture. At times, these gestures take on a meaning beyond what the dancers intend. For example, the reasons for the renaissance at American Ballet Theater could be read in 'ne graceful gesture offered to the company by its premier danseur Julio Bocca in the final moment of the 1995 New York season. On that June
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Alexander Godunov, Dancer And Film Actor, Dies at 45
NYTimes - almost 22 years
Alexander Godunov, the swashbuckling Russian ballet dancer and movie actor, was found dead yesterday at his home in West Hollywood, Calif. He was 45. Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Minutello told The Associated Press that paramedics called to Mr. Godunov's home found him dead shortly before noon, and that his death was described by his physician as of natural
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FILM REVIEW; Rob Reiner Directs A Contemporary Fable
NYTimes - over 22 years
Rob Reiner has made both big, high-profile Hollywood movies ("A Few Good Men," "When Harry Met Sally . . . ") and more offbeat films with funny, knowing, youthful sensibilities all their own ("Stand by Me," "The Sure Thing," "This Is Spinal Tap"). The latter ones are much more interesting, even when, like "North," they're quite literally all over
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alexander Godunov
    FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 45
    On May 18, 1995, Godunov's friends became concerned when he had been uncharacteristically quiet with his phone calls.
    More Details Hide Details A nurse who had not heard from him since May 8 went to his home in the Shoreham Towers, West Hollywood, California, where his body was discovered. Godunov's death was later determined to be caused by complications from hepatitis due to chronic alcoholism. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean; his memorial at Gates Mortuary in Los Angeles is engraved with the epitaph "His future remained in the past."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 32
    Godunov joined the American Ballet Theatre and danced as a principal dancer until 1982 when he had a falling-out with his long-time friend and director of the company Mikhail Baryshnikov.
    More Details Hide Details The official reason for his release from the company was that there would not be sufficient roles for him after a change in the repertory. He then traveled with his own troupes, danced as a guest artist with different prominent ballet companies worldwide, and turned to acting in Hollywood. Godunov's acting roles were varied, including a good-natured Amish farmer in Witness (1985), a comically narcissistic symphony conductor (referred to as "the maestro") in The Money Pit (1986), and a violent German terrorist in Die Hard (1988). He turned down many roles which typecast him as a dancer or another heavy as in Die Hard.
    The couple divorced in 1982.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    On August 21, 1979, while on a tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, Godunov contacted authorities and asked for political asylum.
    More Details Hide Details After discovering his absence, the KGB responded by putting his wife, Lyudmila Vlasova, a soloist with the company, on a plane to Moscow, but the flight was stopped before take-off. After three days, with involvement by U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, the U.S. State Department was satisfied that Vlasova had chosen to leave of her own free will, and allowed the plane to depart. This incident was dramatised in a 1986 movie Flight 222. Vlasova later said that while Godunov loved American culture and had long desired to live in the United States, she felt she was "too Russian" to live in the United States.
  • 1973
    Age 23
    In 1973, he won a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition.
    More Details Hide Details After playing Lemisson, the Royal Musician, in The Thirty-first of June (Soviet, 1978) by J. B. Priestley, Godunov became well known in the Soviet Union as a movie actor. His roles included Vronsky in Anna Karenina (1976).
  • 1971
    Age 21
    Godunov married Ludmilla Vlasova, a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet in 1971. The couple had no children and divorced in 1982. In 1981, Godunov met actress Jacqueline Bisset at a party in New York City. They began a long term relationship six months later. They broke up in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Godunov became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1987.
    Godunov joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 1971 and rose to become Premier danseur.
    More Details Hide Details His teachers there included Aleksey Yermolayev.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 8
    Godunov was born in Sakhalin, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, in the Russian Far East. Godunov began his ballet studies in Riga in 1958, in the same class as Mikhail Baryshnikov.
    More Details Hide Details The two became friends and helped each other throughout their years there.
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on November 28, 1949.
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