Vertinskaia, Anastasia was born on July 19, 1944. Daughter of the world-famous cabaret singer and poet Aleksandr Vertinskii, who returned to the Soviet Union during World War II after many years abroad.
Started her film career at the age of 16, when the director Ptushko offered her the leading role in his film Crimson Sails (an adaptation of Aleksandr Grin’s story, 1961). Became famous for her part as Ophelia in Hamlet, directed by Grigorii Kozintsev in 1964. Played Princess Liza in Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace.
Played Kitty in Aleksandr Zarkhi’s Anna Karenina. Married Nikita Mikhalkov, the actor and director. Other films include: The Human Amphibian, 1961.
In Love, 1969; Cheer Up!, 1969. What Happened to Polynin, 1971. The Premature Man, 1972.