The arrival of foreign stars in the Soviet Union was a significant event. It was significant both for Soviet citizens, and for the star. Foreign celebrities came to our country on tour or filming, to participate in festivals, and some of them came even as tourists.
Often foreign celebrities came to festivals
Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher in Moscow. 1961
An Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida at the Cathedral Square in the Kremlin. 1961. Photo By Michael Ozersky /RIA News/
An amusing incident occurred during the 1961 Film Festival of the year. At the reception in the Kremlin, Gina Lollobrigida and Elizabeth Taylor came in identical Dior dresses. The only difference in outfits was only in belts. Taylor’s belt was blue, Lollobrigida’s one was red. Gina Lollobrigida was the first who left an awkward situation, greeting Elizabeth with an exclamation “What a beautiful dress!”
Gina Lollobrigida and Elizabeth Taylor in Dior dresses are talking during the Moscow International Film Festival in the Kremlin . 1961
More than that, Gina Lollobrigida did not hesitate to ogle at Yuri Gagarin at the reception of the minister of culture Furtseva (see report How Yuri Gagarin conquered Gina Lollobrigida)
Gina Lollobrigida and Yuri Gagarin at the press-conference during the 2-nd International Film Festival. 1961. Photo by Boris Kaufman
An Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida with the Soviet actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov and Oleg Vidov. VIII International Moscow Film Festival. Summer 1973. Photo by Galina Kmit / RIA News
An actress Giulietta Masina and director Federico Fellini on the XV Moscow Film Festival. 1987 year. Photo By Valery Hristoforova/ ITAR-Tass
A french actor Jean Marais in Manezhnaya Square.1963. Photo by Yakov Berliner/RIA News
A french actor Gerard Depardieu and a film director Claude Berri. 1987 year. Photo S. Ivanova/RIA News
An american actor Kirk Douglas and Soviet actor Boris Khmelnitsky are talking at the X Moscow International Film Festival. 1977. Photo by Galina Kmit / RIA News
An Italian actress Claudia Cardinale on the Red Square in Moscow. 1967. Photo by L. Nosov / RIA News
An actress Marlene Dietrich at the hotel “Ukraine”. 1964 year. Photo by Valentina Mastyukova/TASS News in pictures
Marcello Mastroianni among the audience of the Moscow Film Festival.1969. Photo by Boris Kaufman / RIA News
French actors Simone Signoret and Yves Montand during an inspection of the Moscow Kremlin. 1963. Photo by Victor Budan and Valentine Mastyukova / TASS News in pictures /
An Italian actress Sophia Loren in the meeting hall of the Kremlin Palace of Congresses. 1965. Photo by Valery Gende-Rote (TASS News in pictures)
Sean Connery came to the filming of the movie “KRASNAYA PALATKA” and he was very surprised that almost nobody knows him in this country.
An english actor Sean Connery on the Red Square in Moscow. 1969. Photo by Valentine Mastyukova / TASS News in pictures /
Arnold Schwarzenegger came to the filming of “Red Heat” (see report by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the USSR)
Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Red Square in Moscow. 1988
and at the same time to meet with his idol Yury Vlasov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Yuri Vlasov. 1988
Robert de Niro was to star in the movie of Emil Lotyanu “Anna Pavlova”, but Goskino did not approve the actor (see reportage Robert de Niro in the USSR)
Emil Lotyanu and Robert De Niro with children in Moscow. 1982
Later he visited Moscow for festivals in 1983 and 1987.
Irina Alferova and Robert de Niro on the embankment of the Moscow river. 1983. Photo By Vitaly Arutyunov/RIA News
Robert De Niro, Eldar Ryazanov, Elem Klimov at XV International Film Festival. 1987
Bands came on tours.
Boney М: Liz Mitchell, Maizie Williams, Bobby Farrell and Marcia Barrett (left to right) on a walk through Red Square in December 1978. Photo by Yuri Abramochkin / RIA News
Disco-group “Boney M” on the Red Square. 1978. Photo by Roman Denisov / News in pictures TASS
The first major tour of the western rock musician in the Soviet Union was a tour of Elton John in 1979 (see report Elton John in the USSR
A British singer Elton John on the Red Square. 1979. Photo by Roman Denisov / TASS News in pictures
Elton John at a football match CSKA-Dynamo Minsk. 1979. Photo By Sergey Chistyakov
A British singer Elton John with his mother Sheila Fearbazer at the Grand Cascade in Petrodvorets. / TASS News in pictures
But David Bowie came to the Soviet Union as a tourist. Twice (see report David Bowie in USSR)
For the first time David Bowie traveled across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express in 1973
And in 1976, Bowie brought to the USSR his friend Iggy Pop. In Moscow, the musicians stayed at the hotel “Metropol”, where they celebrated the birthday of grandfather of punk rock.
The famous boxer Muhammad Ali also came to the USSR as a tourist (see report Muhammad Ali in the USSR. 1978)
The legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay) in Moscow. 1978. Photo by Vladimir Vyatkin / RIA News /
Leonid Brezhnev and Mohammad Ali