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« on: February 09, 2010, 07:23:29 PM »


Russian priest provides spiritual care for Hollywood staff

Moscow, February 9, Interfax - Rector of the Transfiguration Cathedral in Los-Angeles Archpriest Alexander Lebedev has provided spiritual care for actors and staff members of the world “dream factory” for almost thirty years.

“Many of our parishioners work in film studios as directors and actors. There’ve always been many actors in our parish who actively participated in church life. Such famous actresses as Natalie Wood and Sandra Dee were my parishioners. I was familiar with Yul Brynner, who was a parishioner of Orthodox church in New York,”

Fr. Alexander told an Interfax-Religion correspondent on Tuesday.

According to him, today several Hollywood stars, including Jeniffer Aniston, adhere to Orthodoxy. Tom Hanks, who is also an Orthodox Christian, is an active guardian of St. Sophia Church of the Constantinople Patriarchate.

Fr. Alexander noted that many Americans converted to Orthodoxy after marrying to Greek or Russia women. As, for example, famous baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

Russian actors and directors living in Hollywood are also Fr. Alexander’s parishioners. The priest told that active member of his parochial community actor Pavel Lychnikov had recently invited him to consecrate a film studio before filming a new film there.

Orthodox faith inspires some Hollywood actors to lead less bohemian lifestyle and overcome temptations, the interviewee of the agency said.

“Certainly, we try to help them control themselves. So that women participating in movies observed proprieties and chastity. Sometimes there’s a possibility to influence their choice in favor of scenarios of moral character,” Fr. Alexander said.



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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 07:29:23 PM »

Fr. Alexander noted that many Americans converted to Orthodoxy after marrying to Greek or Russia women. As, for example, famous baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 07:30:52 PM »

FYI - the late Sandra Dee was born Alexandra Zuck to Rusyn/Lemko parents in Bayonne, New Jersey.  Her mother was a childhood friend of my mother and her sisters in Bayonne.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 07:42:29 PM »

He can start his own studio with Fr. John Bakas.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 08:46:14 PM »

I've talked to Fr Alexander before.  He is a fine priest who really does a lot for the Orthodox Church in the L.A. area.  Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerlad), the retired OCa bishop of L.A. also had a lot of Hollywood stars of Russian backround attend his cathedral.  I remember reading some post of his before on another forum in which he went into some detail about the many older movie stars of Orthodox backround in Hollywood and their affiliation with his parish.


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