Galina Polskih was born on November 27 1939 in a poor Moscow family. Her father was killed during World War II, and her mother died of typhoid fever several years later. The 8-year-old girl was taken to an orphan asylum where she had spent several months before her grandmother, who worked as a janitor, took her to her place. To become a film actress was a cherished dream of a young girl since it was the only chance to tear herself away from destitution. Her dream came true in 1960 when Galina managed to enter All-Union State Institute of Cinematography, the leading film school in the USSR and Russia. Polskikh became famous after the lead role in The Wild Dingo Dog released in 1962 that dealt with teenager love. Polskih, who was 22 and was already married and had a child, played a 15-year-old high school student.
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She has appeared in more than 100 films since 1962. In 1979 she was awarded the title of People's Artist of Russia, and in 1999 - Order of Honour (fourth degree). Polskikh became famous after playing lead roles in such Soviet films as "I Step Through Moscow" (1962), The Journalist (1967) and Expectations (1966).
Other interesting facts:
In 1970s - 80s the range of actress's roles became wider. She appeared in thrillers, comedies, and patriotic films about the Great Patriotic War. After the disintegration of the USSR in 1990s the actress continued her career without any noticeable success.