- Virginia Wright Wexman
Mamoulian, Rouben (08 October 1898–04 December 1987), stage and film director, was born in Tiflis (now Tbilisi) in the Russian province of Georgia, the son of Zachary Mamoulian, a military officer and bank director, and Virginia Kalantarian, an actress and president of the Armenian theater in Tiflis. Mamoulian’s Armenian parents benefited from the largess of his mother’s wealthy family and spent a few years in Paris during his boyhood. While studying criminal law at Moscow University, the young Mamoulian became involved in the Moscow Art Theater under Evgeny Vakhtangov, an early associate of Stanislavsky. He left Russia in 1920 following the revolution, joining his sister and parents in London. There he became active in the theater, directing a play with a Russian setting titled ...