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Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko (born 14 November 1979) is a French actress and model. She was discovered as a model at the age of 14 and at the age of 16 moved from Ukraine to Paris to pursue a modelling career. Kurylenko started her acting career in 2005. She found success as an actress for her role as Nika Boronina in the movie adaptation of the video game Hitman (2007), and then rose to fame by playing Bond girl, Camille Montes, in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008). More recently she starred in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012), and alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013).

Kurylenko was born Olga Kostyantynivna Kurylenko in Berdyansk, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. Her father, Konstantyn, is Ukrainian, and her mother, Maryna Alyabusheva, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian and Belarusian ancestry, Her mother teaches art.

When Kurylenko was three years old her parents divorced, which led to her being raised by her mother. Kurylenko rarely had contact with her father, meeting him for the first time after the split when she was eight years old, and later when she was thirteen.

Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001; in 2008, Maryna Alyabusheva, Kurylenko's mother said, "She changed her citizenship from Ukrainian to French long ago." Kurylenko married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000, but the couple divorced four years later. Her marriage to American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle took place in 2006, divorcing in late 2007, Kurylenko moved to London in 2009. Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine. 


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