Jeanna Friske

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Jeanna Friske
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Friske in 2011
Native name
Жанна Фриске
Jeanna Vladimirovna Kopylova

(1974-07-08)8 July 1974
Died15 June 2015(2015-06-15) (aged 40)
Other namesZhanna Friske
Occupation Singer, model, actress, socialite
Years active1996–2003 (group)
2004–2013 (solo)
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Dmitry Shepelev (m. 20122015)
Website Official Zhanna Friske web site
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Jeanna Vladimirovna Friske [1] (Russian : Жанна Владимировна Фриске; born Jeanna Vladimirovna Kopylova; 8 July 1974 – 15 June 2015), better known by the stage name Zhanna Friske, was a Russian actress, singer and model. She was a member of the girl group Blestyashchiye.

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although nearly three decades have passed since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia.

Blestyashchiye Russian all-girl singing group

Blestyashchiye is one of the first and most enduring all-girl singing groups in Russia.



Her father Vladimir Kopylov (later known as Vladimir Friske) is of German descent; his mother Paulina Friske was born to a Black Sea German family in the Odessa Oblast then in the Soviet Union. She graduated in 1991 from secondary school No. 406, Perovo District, Moscow. She studied journalism at Moscow University, but abandoned it.[ citation needed ]

Black Sea Germans

The Black Sea Germans were ethnic Germans who left their homelands in the 18th and 19th centuries, and settled in territories off the north coast of the Black Sea, mostly in the territories of the southern Russian Empire.

Odessa Oblast Oblast in Ukraine

Odessa Oblast is an oblast (province) of southwestern Ukraine, located along the northern coast of the Black Sea. Its administrative center is the city of Odessa.

Soviet Union 1922–1991 country in Europe and Asia

The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was a one-party state, governed by the Communist Party with Moscow as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Other major urban centres were Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Alma-Ata, and Novosibirsk. It spanned over 10,000 kilometres east to west across 11 time zones, and over 7,200 kilometres north to south. It had five climate zones: tundra, taiga, steppes, desert and mountains.

Friske's common-law husband is Russian singer and television personality Dmitry Shepelev. They announced via Friske's official Web site on 7 April 2013 that Friske had given birth in Miami, Florida to a son. [2]

Common-law marriage, also known as sui iuris marriage, informal marriage, marriage by habit and repute, or marriage in fact, is a legal framework in a limited number of jurisdictions where a couple is legally considered married, without that couple having formally registered their relation as a civil or religious marriage. The original concept of a "common-law marriage" is a marriage that is considered valid by both partners, but has not been formally recorded with a state or religious registry, or celebrated in a formal religious service. In effect, the act of the couple representing themselves to others as being married, and organizing their relation as if they were married, acts as the evidence that they are married.


She first became famous when she joined Blestyashchie in 1996, which she left in 2003 to embark on a solo career as a singer, actress and occasional model. She was best known for her roles in such films as Night Watch and Day Watch as Alisa Donnikova. A 20-minute love scene involving Friske was edited from Day Watch by the director, Timur Bekmambetov, the last installment of the trilogy, Final Watch .

<i>Night Watch</i> (2004 film) 2004 film by Timur Bekmambetov

Night Watch is a 2004 Russian urban fantasy supernatural thriller film written by Timur Bekmambetov and Laeta Kalogridis and directed by Timur Bekmambetov. It is loosely based on the novel The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, and is followed by a sequel, Day Watch.

<i>Day Watch</i> (film) 2006 film by Timur Bekmambetov

Day Watch, is a 2006 Russian fantasy film written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Marketed as "the first film of the year", it opened in theatres across Russia on 1 January 2006, the United States on 1 June 2007, and the United Kingdom on 5 October 2007. It is a sequel to the 2004 film Night Watch, featuring the same cast. It is based on the second and the third part of Sergey Lukyanenko's novel The Night Watch rather than its follow-up novel Day Watch. The film's budget was US$4.2 million. Fox Searchlight paid $2 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights of this film. This film grossed $31.9 million at the Russian box office alone.

Timur Bekmambetov Russian film director

Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov is a Kazakh director, producer and screenwriter who has worked on films, music videos and commercials. He is best known for the film Night Watch (2004) and its sequel Day Watch (2006), and the American films Wanted (2008) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012).

Her most successful single was "Я была/Ya byla/I Was", which reached the top of the Russian charts; her album was also a major success reaching the top in all Russian-speaking countries. In 1996, she started her creative career by joining the singing group Blestyashchiye which recorded four solo albums and issued 3 solo programs for their fans. In 2003 she took part in the reality show The last hero-4 up to its final moment. Immediately after returning from that island shooting she announced her withdrawal from Blestyashchiye to begin a solo career. In 2005, she participated again in the reality show The last hero-5 .

Last Hero 4: End Game - 4th season of Russian Last Hero show, hosted by Aleksandr Domogarov

Last Hero 5: Super-Game - 5th season of Russian Last Hero show, hosted by Vladimir Menshov

In 2008, she skated with Vitaly Novikov and Maxim Marinin in Ice Age 2. On 4 October 2005, her first solo album was released under the name of Jeanna. Some of the songs have been released as music videos: I am Flying Into the Darkness, La–La-La, Somewhere in Summer.

Maxim Marinin Russian pair skater

Maxim Viktorovich Marinin is a Russian former competitive pair skater. With partner Tatiana Totmianina, he is the 2006 Olympic champion, two-time World champion, and five-time European champion.

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

She appeared in Night Watch (2004) as Alisa Donnikova. Although most of her scenes were cut, she had a more prominent role in the sequel, Day Watch , and appeared on its posters. She performed many stunts. She played herself in the film What Men Talk About (2010), a performance of the popular play Conversations of the middle-aged men by the Kvartet I. She played a major part in the detective story Who am I? , released in 2010. [3]

Illness and death

On 20 January 2014, [4] her husband, Dmitry Shepelev, announced via Friske's website that Friske had been diagnosed with cancer. [5]

Other sites reported that Friske had been diagnosed with a stage IV glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. [6] She was diagnosed with cancer two months prior to giving birth to her child. She was offered chemotherapy during her pregnancy but she refused treatment to save her baby.

In April 2013 she gave birth to a son. [4] Her cancer worsened, and, on 15 June 2015, she died at age 40. [7]


2004 Night Watch Alice Donnikova
2006 Day Watch Alice Donnikova
2010 What Men Talk About Herself
2010 Novogodnie Svaty Herself
2010 Who am I? Anya




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