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Having Fun! / Re: Whom would you cast for an "Ella" movie
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:21:58 PM »
Ah! It’s especially at times like this I wish I knew Russian! Did the director reveal who they will be portraying?

Thanks for the updates! :)

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I think this is the first time I'm hearing of her. Who was she exactly? Just a friend? The surname does sound familiar, though. I think I may have seen it in Zinaida Yusupova's correspondence...

She's the one who found the peach in her bed, I believe that's also where you might have seen the name. :)
If I remember correctly, she was the lady-in-waiting for the Empress, then Alexandra Georgievna and along the line got friendly with the Grand Ducal couple. However, I am not an expert on these matters.

Oh, yes! Of course, I couldn’t forget about that! Like I said, it’s just the abundance of names. :)

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Thank you both so much! Much appreciated! If anymore come to mind, please let me know. :)

And you may come across Masha which usually refers to Maria Alexandrovna Vassilchikova (though I believe that technically she was not Ella's lady-in-waiting).

I think this is the first time I'm hearing of her. Who was she exactly? Just a friend? The surname does sound familiar, though. I think I may have seen it in Zinaida Yusupova's correspondence...

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So sorry to be reviving an old thread, but would anyone be able to confirm the nicknames of Ella's ladies-in-waiting? I know a couple (eg. Ekaterina Kozlianinova - Kitty and Princess Lyudmila Lobanova - Fafka), but with such an abundance of names, I can sometimes get confused...

Fafka was Alexandra Lobanova, a cousin of Lyudmila Lobanova (the 1st maid-of-honor of Elizaveta). Lyudmila's nickname was Mila.
Princess Sophie Schakhovskaya was Sonia.
So sorry to be reviving an old thread, but would anyone be able to confirm the nicknames of Ella's ladies-in-waiting? I know a couple (eg. Ekaterina Kozlianinova - Kitty and Princess Lyudmila Lobanova - Fafka), but with such an abundance of names, I can sometimes get confused...

Also, Maria Petrovna Troubetskaya was Maroussia

Ah, so I mixed up the Lobanova cousins! Thanks for clearing that up! :)

Thank you both so much! Much appreciated! If anymore come to mind, please let me know. :)

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So sorry to be reviving an old thread, but would anyone be able to confirm the nicknames of Ella's ladies-in-waiting? I know a couple (eg. Ekaterina Kozlianinova - Kitty and Princess Lyudmila Lobanova - Fafka), but with such an abundance of names, I can sometimes get confused...

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Having Fun! / Re: Whom would you cast for an "Ella" movie
« on: February 01, 2018, 03:25:11 PM »
Given that Ilze Liepa is 54 years old, could it be that the film will only be presenting the last period of Ella's life, a bit like Romanovy: Ventsenosnaya Semya?

As I read, the story will start in 1883 and end in 1918 with her death.

Whoops! Yes, you did write that - sorry! :D

This is very exciting! I hope the movie will be a great success.

I look forward to any trailers in the meantime. ;)

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Having Fun! / Re: Whom would you cast for an "Ella" movie
« on: January 31, 2018, 04:17:30 PM »
Interesting, as she does not actually seem to have done much acting - last significant part in 2000.

Is she better known as a dancer?

I wonder who will play Serge - bound to be a very difficult role.

Ann

Yes, I think she is better known as a ballet dancer.

Given that Ilze Liepa is 54 years old, could it be that the film will only be presenting the last period of Ella's life, a bit like Romanovy: Ventsenosnaya Semya?

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Having Fun! / Re: Whom would you cast for an "Ella" movie
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:24:31 AM »
She has a page on IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0509674/

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Having Fun! / Re: Whom would you cast for an "Ella" movie
« on: January 30, 2018, 05:00:30 AM »
To my eyes, Ilze Liepa looks a pretty good likeness for Ella, but she will need to leave off all the make-up to do the part properly.

She has brown eyes, however, and I have a suspicion that Ella's were blue.

Ann

Ella's eyes are said to have been greyish blue with a spot of brown in one of her eyes. :)

I've seen several photographs of Ilze Liepa and her eyes are definitely not brown. It can be difficult to tell with the abundance of photographs, but I suspect her eyes are also greyish blue - same as Ella's.

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Having Fun! / Re: Whom would you cast for an "Ella" movie
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:41:55 AM »
I was thrilled when I heard about this a while ago! Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain much information due to my lack of knowledge of the Russian language, so thank you for providing some extra details in English.

It's so wonderful that there is a movie being produced for Ella. I always found it quite surprising and disappointing that she has never been shown or even mentioned in other Romanov films, with the exception of Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996) where you momentarily see her death scene and a voiceover by Alexei.

I suppose it is very likely that the film will also feature an actress portraying her sister Alix as well as other actors/actresses portraying the Imperial Family?

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Herei have found a sweet Picture of VHM and Louis as a old pair.

Ist so lovley and sweet....you can see that they were still happy in old Age...


https://www.pinterest.de/pin/220394975498712202/

Wow, thanks for sharing that one! I’ve never seen it before and love coming across rare photos. Pinterest can be quite satisfying in the “rare photos” department.

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Here is an interesting and charming little excerpt from the memoirs of Nicholas Pavlovich Sablin:

"When we once asked where the grand duchess [Elizaveta] got so many jewels, the grand duchesses told us that her late husband, the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, always returned with some gift [for her] after going into the city each day, and now having given up material life, the grand duchess gifted these jewels to her nieces. Olga Nikolaevna once got an especially beautiful piece - a diadem made from the branches of lily of the valley, and each little cup contained a diamond."

Source: Russia's Last Romanovs: In Their Own Words (2013) by Helen Azar and Dan and Eva McDonald. :)

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Ella was also a godmother to Olga Nikolaevna, as I learnt from Ella's biographer, Christopher Warwick.

Below is a letter Maria Nikolaevna wrote to her Aunt Ella two months before their deaths. Given that it is signed "Your loving god-daughter", it suggests that Ella was also a godmother to Maria Nikolaevna.

He is Risen Indeed! We kiss you, dearest, three times. Thank you very much for the eggs, chocolate coffee. Mama drank her first cup of coffee with great pleasure, it was very good. It's very good for her headaches, and as it happens we hadn't taken any with us. We learnt from the papers that you had been sent away from your convent, and were very sad for you. It's strange that we should all end up in the same province under arrest. We hope that you will be able to spend the summer somewhere out of town, in Verkhoturie or in some monastery. We have so missed having a church. My address: Ekaterinburg, The Regional Executive Committee, To the Chairman for transmission to me. May God keep you + Your loving god-daughter.

Unfortunately, I have no further knowledge about which Hessian sister was godmother to which Romanov sister.

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This is the first time I'm hearing about it, so I would have no idea, though one would hope that any stories of unfaithfulness during the marriage is untrue.

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well im sure that VEIA were good wifes, who loved their Husbands.

But i wonder how much  jealous Irene and Victoria were.

well i think it was hard, even for  Irene, who wanted more private time with Henry. But his brother Willy gave him so much to do.
Always to  represent  his work and replace him.

Victoria i guess was not happy but she was not  so unhappy if Louis was at sea. She spend her time with travel to Russia, Germany and England.

Im sure Irene and Victoria knew that it will be not easy if their Husband was át Sea for long time. (sometimes for 6 months or longer)

But what you think ? Were  Irene and Victoria jealous if  Henry and Louis was at  Sea, who visitet  sometimes a  port and  could meet mabye other woman ?

I think Victorias love for Louis was strong enough, she was a tomboy, but Irene ?

I have never heard of Victoria or Irene to have suffered from jealousy issues with their husbands, although unfortunately I confess myself not to be the most knowledgeable. In regards to love, I have no doubt that both Victoria and Irene’s marriages were love matches. All four of the Hessian sisters were inclined to make their own choices when it came to marriage.

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