Famous Ukrainians

World Known Ukrainians

Ukraine has spawned some of the world's leading sports people, artists and politicians. Meet some of Ukraine's most famous sons and daughters…


Vladimir Horowitz - Internationaly renowned Ukrainian-born pianist was a grand master of his art. Just over 20 years after his death, he remains a contentious figure, idolised for his technical wizardry and mercurial persona among his many devotees, but grudgingly acclaimed by the more fastidious, who argue that his flashy showmanship blinded — or rather deafened — his fans to a certain musical superficiality, especially in the central Austro-German repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.

Jack Palance - The hoarse voice and chiseled face of Palance was made famous in Hollywood blockbusters Young Guns, Batman and City Slickers. Picking up an Oscar for his role as an ailing cowboy in City Slickers, Palance felt compelled to perform a series of one-armed press ups! Palance died in 2006 at the age of 87.
Andy Warhol - The legendary pop artist, was born to Ukrainian-Slovak parents under the name Andrew Warhola. Famous for his pieces depicting Marilyn Monroe, Chairman Mao, Elvis Presley and Campbell's Soup cans, Warhol's work has been re-printed on canvasses, T-shirts and postcards around the globe.
Joseph Conrad - Before settling down in the UK the much-traveled writer Joseph Conrad was born and brought up in the Ukraine. Famous for many novels, it is perhaps his powerful portrayal of the evils of imperialism in Heart of Darkness that Conrad is best known.
Vitali Klytschko - Currently WBC heavyweight boxing champion, Vitali 'Robot' Klytschko pounded the UK's Danny Williams into submission in December 2004. Despite being dubbed 'Dr Ironfist' and looking like the Incredible Hulk, the Ukrainian colossus speaks 4 languages and is a doctor of philosophy.
Vera FormigaVera Formiga - is an American actress, best known for her roles in the films Running Scared, The Departed, Orphan, and Up in the Air. For her role in Up in the Air, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and Academy Award. For her role in Never Forever, critic G. Allen Johnson described her as "...the best American actress you've never heard of."  Farmiga, the second oldest of seven children, was born in Clifton, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo, a computer-systems analyst, and Luba Farmiga, a schoolteacher.   Farmiga was raised in an insular Ukrainian American community, not speaking English until the age of six.
Dustin Hoffman - Graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955. Went to Santa Monica City College where he dropped out after a year due to bad grades. But before he did, he took an acting course because he was told that "nobody flunks acting." Also received some training at Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Decided to go into acting because he did not want to work or go into the service. Trained at The Pasadena Playhouse for two years.
Milla Jovovich - Milla was born in 17 December 1975 in Kiev. She started modeling when she was 9. Her screen debut was in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). In December 1997 she married director Luc Besson, but was divorced in 1999. Frequently attends big show business events such as celebrity parties, premieres, openings, fashion shows, and awards shows. Is a fixture in magazine paparazzi sections because of this. Has been on the cover of more than 100 magazines worldwide.
Golda Meir - When the word "greatness" comes to mind, Golda Meir comes immediately to the forefront. Her commitment to her land and to her people was the paragon of human dedication. Her complete involvement, tempered with love, fired by fierce devotion, caused the world to know that she was a true mover of mountains. In 1948, she was part of the People's Council signing the vital proclamation establishing the State of Israel.
Igor Sikorsky - Was born in Kiev, where his father was a professor of psychology at St. Vladimir University. Following his graduation from the Naval Academy at St. Petersburg, he studied in Paris and at the Polytechnic Institute in Kiev. While in Germany in 1908, he heard of the dirigible flights of Count Zeppelin and returned to Paris to study aviation. At the age of 20 he built his first helicopter. He then turned to more conventional planes, and in 1910 his S-2 achieved some success.
OlgaOlga Kurylenko - Ukrainian-born actress and model who grew up in poverty sharing a Soviet flat with her aunt, uncle, grandparents and cousin, in Berdyansk, Ukraine. At age 13, Olga and her mother made a trip to Moscow. There she was scouted by an agent who approached her at a subway station and offered a job as a model. She moved to Paris, learned French in six months, and was signed by the Madison agency. At age 18, Olga appeared on the covers of Glamour, Elle, Madame Figaro, Marie Claire, and Vogue. She has starred in several movies, including being billed as Camille, the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace (2008).


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Kiev, Ukraine - Your Ultimate Travel Destination
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Kiev (Kyiv) is one of the more beautiful cities in Europe. Founded 1500 years ago, Kiev is the bustling capital of newly independent Ukraine.

This city, with a population of 3 million people, is distinguished for its rich architecture and cultural life. 

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