Ukrainian Model and Actress
Olga Kurylenko was born in Berdyansk, Ukraine in November 14, 1979. When Kurylenko was three years old, her parents divorced, leaving her to be raised by her mother. Kurylenko rarely had contact with her father, meeting him for the first time when she was eight years old, and later again when she was 13. Kurylenko moved to Paris after leaving Ukraine in 1996 to pursue her modeling career, and in 2001, she was granted French citizenship. In 2000, Kurylenko married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol, but the couple divorced four years later. In 2006, she married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle. They divorced in late 2007 and she moved to London in 2009.
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Kurylenko was discovered by a female model scout while on vacation in Moscow at the age of 13. When she was 17, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modeling agency. By the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle. She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire. She became the face of Triumph lingerie, Lejaby lingerie, Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein, Furthermore, she modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo, and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalog. Kurylenko was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the US edition of Maxim and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim magazine.
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She is perhaps best known as the Bond girl, Camille Montes, in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. She also portrayed Nika Boronina in the movie adaptation of the video game Hitman. Kurylenko speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, French; she also claims she can speak Spanish and can understand Italian.