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Love or money: spicy and frank stories of marriages of young beauties with show business stars

Their acquaintance was rather strange.  Gradsky (he was then 54) was driving from the construction site in the appropriate form, and she, a 19-year-old model, was walking around Moscow.

Their acquaintance was rather strange. Gradsky (he was then 54) was driving from the construction site in the appropriate form, and she, a 19-year-old model, was walking around Moscow.

A photo: Boris KUDRYAVOV

They connected their fate with successful and famous men. From the outside, their life resembled a beautiful and serene fairy tale. But happiness ended too quickly.

Marina Kotashenko

Widow of Alexander Gradsky

Their acquaintance was rather strange. Gradsky (he was then 54) was driving from the construction site in the appropriate form, and she, a 19-year-old model, was walking around Moscow. Later, Alexander Borisovich admitted that he could not pass by such “heavenly beauty.” Surprisingly, Marina, who gave Gradsky her phone, did not recognize him as a genius. But the singer was not taken aback and said: “Girl, you have a chance to touch history.” Two weeks later, they phoned … and started an affair.

The couple did not advertise their relationship. Evil tongues said that Kotashenko lives with Gradsky only because of the money. But Gradsky himself indirectly denied these rumors more than once. He said that Marina is very calm about money. Their marriage lasted 17 years, Marina gave birth to two children. Kotashenko graduated from VGIK and worked at the Vsevolod Shilovsky Theater Studio, but made a choice in favor of the family.

Recently, the couple lived separately: Alexander Borisovich – in a Moscow apartment, Marina – in a country house. They usually met only on weekends. After the death of Gradsky, Marina found herself in a terrible situation. The heirs of AB took up arms against her because of the inheritance, an armed robbery took place, in which Gradsky’s relatives accused her of organizing. And the master’s sister told Marina at all that their marriage was invalid. Alas, family squabbles in the Gradsky clan are far from over.

Irina Turchinskaya

Widow of actor and bodybuilder Vladimir Turchinsky

After the death of her husband, Irina had to move on.

After the death of her husband, Irina had to move on.

A photo: Boris KUDRYAVOV

How could TV presenter, bodybuilder Vladimir Turchinsky, nicknamed Dynamite, and athlete Irina meet? Of course, fitness helped in this! Volodya was impressed by the chic figure of the girl, and he immediately decided to get acquainted. And soon Ira left for America. She had plans to stay overseas, but she chose love. The happy couple lived together for 12 years, having given birth to a daughter, Ksenia.

In 2009, Vladimir suddenly died of a heart attack. It was a shock for everyone, and especially for Irina. Turchinsky was only 46 years old.

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You better not say. I understood that I had two options: stop living or continue. I just chose the second option, – Irina said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.

After the death of her husband, she had to move on. She received additional education related to dietetics. Now Irina is very successful in helping women lose weight, arranges health marathons. Turchinskaya is no longer going to marry.

Natalia Rogozhkina

Widow of actor Andrei Panin

Andrei was married to actress Natalia Rogozhkina.  12 years of age difference did not prevent their happiness.  Photo: Persona Stars

Andrei was married to actress Natalia Rogozhkina. 12 years of age difference did not prevent their happiness. Photo: Persona Stars

“A Horseman named Death”, “Brigade”, “Wedding”, “Blind Man’s Bluff”, “Shadow Boxing”, “Kamenskaya” – there were no passing works in his filmography. In March 2013, the actor was found in his own apartment with a broken head, in a pool of blood. At first they talked about an accident, but later a lot of facts appeared that said it was more like a murder. Andrew was only 50.

Andrei was married to actress Natalia Rogozhkina. 12 years of age difference did not prevent their happiness. In this union, two sons were born – Alexander and Peter.

Natalia continues to work actively. Recently, viewers could see her in the series “Vertinsky”.

Rogozhkin never got married.

Irina Krug

Widow of Mikhail Krug

In memory of her dead husband, Irina also began to sing songs.

In memory of her dead husband, Irina also began to sing songs.

A photo: Larisa KUDRYAVTSEVA/EG

Irina and Mikhail met in Chelyabinsk. He came to the restaurant where Ira worked, sat down at the table she served. The pretty girl really liked the singer, and he invited her to become his … dresser. She initially refused. Travel to Moscow? But what about her little child? When the proposal was made a second time, she agreed and moved to Tver.

For both spouses, this was the second marriage. Mikhail and Irina Krug were in an official union for a very short time – a year. In this marriage, the son Alexander was born. And then armed men broke into the singer’s house and killed Mikhail in front of his wife. 26-year-old Irina was left with a month-old baby in her arms.

Mikhail and Irina Krug were in an official union for a very short time - a year.  Photo: Ivan Puchkov

Mikhail and Irina Krug were in an official union for a very short time – a year. Photo: Ivan Puchkov

In memory of her dead husband, Irina also began to sing songs. In 2005, she graduated from a university in Tver with a degree in management. In 2006, she remarried. Entrepreneur Sergei Belousov became the chosen one of the singer. Irina gave birth to Sergei’s son Andrei. Alas, in 2020 this union ceased to exist. However, not so long ago, Sergei posted a joint photo with his ex-wife on social networks. Irina’s fans started up: what if the couple reunites?

The son of Mikhail Krug Sasha entered the Shchukin school.

Ekaterina Belotserkovskaya

Widow of Boris Grachevsky

After the death of Grachevsky, a flurry of troubles hit Catherine.  She was left with a baby and even with huge debts.

After the death of Grachevsky, a flurry of troubles hit Catherine. She was left with a baby and even with huge debts.

A photo: Larisa KUDRYAVTSEVA/EG

Catherine’s acting career began at the Astrakhan Theater for Young Spectators. There she met the director of “Jumble” in 2012 at the festival “Smile, Russia!”. Boris Yurievich was then bound by a second marriage. But a couple of years later he divorced, and in 2016 he married Ekaterina Belotserkovskaya. For Grachevsky, this turn of events, apparently, was also unexpected.

– I said that two marriages were enough for me, – the director admitted. – But, having met Katya, I changed my mind.

Catherine gave birth to Grachevsky’s son Philip, and it seemed that only a happy life lay ahead. But the covid that overtook Boris Yuryevich at the end of 2020 left no chance. In January 2021, the director died.

And after his death, a flurry of troubles hit Catherine. She was left with a baby and even with huge debts.

– Debts were formed when Borya took money from his own company. He borrowed for the needs of the magazine. I owe Yeralash and the production center 20 million, – Katya told the press.

Now Ekaterina lives on the survivor’s allowance. In social networks, she said that she would not marry again.

Vera Tariverdieva

Widow Mikaela Tariverdiev

The young wife immediately found the right approach to the master.  Photo: Natalia SHAKHANOVA/Global Look Press

The young wife immediately found the right approach to the master. Photo: Natalia SHAKHANOVA/Global Look Press

Together they lived only 13 years. We met when 26-year-old Vera came to 52-year-old Mikael with a request to write a review for the newspaper where she worked.

Tariverdiev, despite the fact that he was a prominent man, had affairs infrequently. One love story burned him very hard. The composer had a relationship with actress Lyudmila Maksakova. Once, while driving his Volga, she hit a man. Tariverdiev took the blame for his beloved. And Maksakova … didn’t even come to the announcement of the verdict. They say she went on vacation with friends. Fortunately, Tariverdiev was not imprisoned. This episode from the life of the author of the music for the legendary “Seventeen Moments of Spring” and “The Irony of Fate …” formed the basis of the surprisingly touching film “Station for Two”.

The romance of Vera and Michaela lasted five years. And yet, Vera decided on this marriage, despite the unsuccessful first experience. The young wife immediately found the right approach to the master. “It’s always my fault. And Mikael Leonovich is always right. And I never argued with that.”

The romance of Vera and Michaela lasted five years.

The romance of Vera and Michaela lasted five years.

In 1996, Mikael Leonovich died. But even decades later, Vera speaks of her husband as if he were alive, and does not like the word “widow” very much. Vera continues to study his music. She says this is her declaration of love.

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