Elena Koreneva was born in Moscow into an artistic family. Her father was Aleksey Korenev, the famous Soviet and Russian film director. Her mother was Natalya Andreevna Koreneva (Konstantinova), who for many years worked as casting director for the Mosfilm film studio (on such films as “The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!”, “A Hundred Days After Childhood,” “Pokrovskie Gates,” among others). In her youth, she played the role of Tonya Ivanikhina in the first version of the S.A. Gerasimov film, “The Young Guard,” as well as in her husband’s debut film, “Chernomorochka.”
Elena applied to the Shchukin Theatre College, into Lyudmila Vladimirovna Stavskaya’s course. True, she was accepted “conditionally.” But within three months, after the showing of her independent work (“The Last,” by M. Gorky), she was confirmed as a full student.