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Russian Noble Families / Re: Counts Sheremetev
« on: November 17, 2013, 09:52:42 PM »
As has been mentioned in some other threads (but perhaps properly belongs here) there is an excellent book recently published by Douglas Smith (the author of The Pearl, a biography of the famous Praskovya Sheremeteff) entitled Former People which describes the history and tragic fates of the Sheremeteff and Golitsyn families at the hands of the Bolsheviks.  It's a very good read and has won several awards.


I believe I recall that in the Smith book, which I have not finished, the family Meyendorff(Meiendorff) was mentioned through references of Mme Stella Whishaw Meyendorff(the actress Stella Arbenina). Possibly she had married the son of Hélèn Mayendorff(née Shouvaloff) who was the grandmother of my late friend Alexandra Teploff, eventually from New Jersey USA.  I would like to know if Mme Meyendorff's book (Through Terror to Freedom, Hutchinson, 1929) is available in any library in the NYC area and/or where it could be bought and/or as a reprint. Thank you.  


Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:21:50 PM »
I am curious as to who is Anna Ilyinsky?  The named Angelica is (now) the widow of Pr Paul Ilyinksy, who was a US Marine, the Mayor of Palm Beach Florida USA and a very handsome man as well as the son of the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch.  . 

The Habsburgs / Re: Archduchess Sophie,mother of Franz Josef
« on: November 11, 2013, 02:29:51 PM »
It´s a wonderful portrait!! Please, if anyone have the full portrait in would be nice to see it here!!

By the way, Rani...I suppose you read easily german and you have read the book with the beautiful cover? I really wish to know more about the grand duchess, but I can´t find a bio wrotte in english or french, neither a translation to spanish  :-[

There is a book on the work of Winterhalter who was active at the same time, perhaps a little later.  There may be a portrait such as you seek in the work of Winterhalter.  There was also not too long ago an exposition at the Musée Galliera in Paris of clothing of the era of Sisi, with a mannequin wearing an example of one of her(Sisi's) grandes tenues of mounring, complete with face mask.  Very impressive.

Oh thank you for those pics ella!!!  She is very lovely!!  I like the second one you posted the best with that hairstyle.  And I totally agree that the hair back then seems to surpass the hair nowadays in terms of thickness and beauty.  I've always been envious of OTMA's hair, especially Olga's, because hers seemed to be just SO gorgeous--the color, thickness, the incredible length!!  That's what I wish I could obtain the most--that incredibly LONG hair!!!! :o

Not to mention the wigs, rats, padding and O, yes, teasing.

Russian Noble Families / Re: A Romanov duchess in Hollywood?
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:25:01 AM »
All:  You couldn't be more a princess than Nathalia Paley, albeit morganatic.  Surely everyone here knows her history from GD Paul through her poet brother's death to her escape with her mother and sister to Paris through her marriage to Lucien Lelong, couturier. It has been said that she had a brief film career -- perhaps as an extra.  Tragic lives -- all lost for the Revolution which imploded after badly damaging the cultural history of Russia, only exchanging one power for another with a nice cawl of greed and self-interest, unbound from righteous behavior. 

Russian Noble Families / Re: Natalia Sheremetev b 1840(?) d 1920
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:13:18 AM »
Have you asked at the Russian Nobility Association in NYC.  Each year they have(had?) a ball at the then-hotel, The Plaza. (Once they moved to the Waldorf but returned.  Where now?)   I attended several times and there is a wonderful photo of me with one of the Sons of the Revolution, Col. Issacson.  Another time I invited a dear friend and he was such a great dance partner that all the Russian ladies with their tiaras were cutting in!   There was then still alive the aged Pr Sheremetev or Schuvalov who was the honoree, as it were.   

Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Volkonsky
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:04:52 AM »
Thank you for letting me know where my father in law is burried. He left his first wife and 3 children when they were young never to look back. They (his daughters) heard from him rarely but were wondering where their father was burried. Thank you for sharing that with me. I will pass it on to his daughters the location of Prince Dimitri Nicholas Wolkonsky.
Martha C. Wolkonsky

Does anyone know the maiden name of the first wife of Pr Dmitri Nikolievitch Volkonsky(Germ:Wolkonsky) of the lesser line? 

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