Ten American showbiz celebrities of Russian descentCheck out the rest of this article for the Russian roots of Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, David Duchovny, Winona Ryder, Sean Penn, Lenny Kravitz, Monica Lewinsky, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, and Joaquin Phoenix. (Since when is Monica Lewinsky in "showbiz"?)
David Duchovny is very proud of the meaning of his last name, which translates from Russian as 'spiritual'
Emigrants have their own holiday too, the so called Day of the Emigrant, observed by those who left their homelands seeking a better life abroad. The holiday is barely known in Russia, though millions of Russians have been scattered around the world. Quite a few celebrities were Russian by origin. It is worthy of note that some of Hollywood movie stars and pop singers have Russian ancestors too. On the face of it, there is nothing Russian about the people we are listing below. But the first impression can be often deceptive. After all, it was a big surprise to learn about the Russian grandmother of Lenny Kravitz.
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