Anastasiya Alexandrovna Vertinskaya , is a Soviet and Russian actress, who came to prominence in the early 1960s with her acclaimed performances in Scarlet Sails, Amphibian Man and Grigori Kozintsevs Hamlet. In the 1990s, disillusioned with the state of cinema at home, she went abroad to teach and spentyears in France, England, the United States and Switzerland. In 1988 Vertinskaya was designated a Peoples Artist of Russia. She is also a recipient of the Order of Honour and the Order of Friendship .
Anastasiya Vertinskaya was born on December 19, 1944, in Moscow, soon after her father, the famous singersongwriter Alexander Vertinsky returned from Harbin with his Georgian wife, painter and actress Lidiya Vertinskaya . Anastasiya and her sister Marianna spent their early years in the Moscow Metropol hotel it was only in 1946 that the family was granted a proper flat at Gorky Street, 14. Their childhood was happy growing up in a bilingual family, Anastasiya enjoyed intellectually stimulating environment and the rich cultural atmosphere of her parents circle. Both sisters attended an ordinary school studying music and foreign languages were regarded as educational priorities by their parents.