Born on 27 April, 1953 in Moscow. Her parents, Olga Aleksandrovna Kamenkova-Pavlov and Semyon Abramovich Guryevich, were teachers of Russian language and literature. When Anya was 9, her mother died, and Olga Kamenkova-Pavlova’s older sister began to play a major supporting role in her niece’s life.
She first acted in film in 1959, at five years old, in the film “Girl Looking For a Father.” She was nominated for a special prize for the best children’s performance in the Argentine World Film Festival in Mar del Plata, in 1960.
After this successful debut, new film offers appeared, but her parents decided that education was of chief importance and interrupted their daughter’s film career. All the same, Anna attended the rhetoric studio in the Pioneer Palace (under the direction of G.A. Khatsrevin).
In 1974, she graduated from the Shchepkin Theater College (in Mikhail Tsarev’s course). While still a student, she made her stage debut at the Maly Theatre, in Karl Čapek’s “The Makropoulos Affair.” From 1974 to 1992, she worked in the Theatre on Malaya Bronnaya, where she played more than a dozen roles.
Her return to film came in 1975, in the “lyrical film-story,” “Summer Swings.” Her next work after that, in the Leonid Menaker melodrama “Young Wife,” brought the actress true success.