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Whether they know it or not, every American actor has a Russian connection because Konstantin Stanislavsky is the father of modern acting, and in my generation the great acting teachers like Meisner, Strasberg and Stella Adler all went to school on the Stanislavsky method (“the method” as it came to be called). 

There was a flowering of great art in Stanislavsky’s lifetime: the works of Chekhov, Pushkin and Tolstoy, and to this day the productions of the great Russian classics, performed by the Moscow Arts Theatre, are unmatched. 

But when the Soviets took over in 1917, bad things happened for the Russian people, and they proved to be disastrous and vicious rulers. Under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin, at least five

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