Angelina Stepanova (1905-2000) was born in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur, Russia. In 1921, Angelina Stepanova started studying acting under Evgeni Vakhtangov at the studio of Moscow Art Theatre. During her studying, she made her stage debut in the legendary Vakhtangov's staging of Carlo Gozzi's comedy "Princess Turandot." Stepanova was a member of the board at Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT). Her most acclaimed stage performances at Moscow Art Theatre were as Irina in "The Three Sisters" directed by Konstantin Stanislavski, and as Betsy in Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina."
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In 1952, Stepanova received the Stalin's Prize. In 1960, she was honored the People's Actress of the USSR. In 1977, she was awarded the State Prize of the USSR. In addition, in 1975, she was named a "Hero of Socialist Labour."
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During the 80s, Stepanova joined Oleg Efremov theater, after the split of the Moscow Art Theatre in two groups. In 1998, she made her last public appearance at the Centennial Anniversary of the Moscow Art Theatre.