Vera Kholodnaya (1893-1919). At age 10, Vera Kholodnaya (née Levchenko) became enamored of ballet and persuaded her parents to send her to ballet school at the Bolshoi Theater. Graduating in 1910, Vera made the acquaintance of Vladimir Kholodny, a law student. They married that same year. Vera Kholodnaya made her screen debut in 1914. She rapidly rose to become the most popular actress in Russia. She appeared in several films in early 1919. The shooting took place in Odessa, where the "Spanish flu" pandemic was raging. The ailing actress could not be saved. The queen of Russian silent film passed away on February 17, 1919. She was only 25.