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She really looks as if she's expecting in this photo. I know she had eight children in 10 years but she never seems to look pregnant in any of her photos, but then again, many women of that era stuck pretty close to home once they started to show.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra Photos #5
« on: May 29, 2012, 07:34:40 PM »
Ritual murder? That's a new one on me!

Nicholas II / Re: Hair
« on: May 19, 2012, 08:25:06 PM »
I think you're right, Ann - without the Greasy Kid Stuff his hair would have appeared several shades lighter - probably closer to his beard if blown out in a modern manner.

Yes, happy birthday, Nicky. The world is a better place for your having been in it, and people are finally beginning to appreciate your good qualities and forgive your errors in judgement. May God bless Russia!

Great news! The first volume gave me a much better understanding of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie and introduced me to Archduke Karl and his lovely Zita. I'll be looking for it.

Actually, Cosmopolitan was fairly high-brow until Helen Gurley Brown took it over in the 1960s. I read it religiously when I was in college in the early 80s, when it actually had some good career and money advice along with all that sex. Now it's pretty much a straight-on sex manual.

Glad to see the inclusion of The Lost Crown. It is aimed toward younger readers and I wish I could put a copy of it in every middle school library in America - these kinds of books are what inspire our future women historians.

Does anyone know when the second book in Christina Croft's Shattered Crowns trilogy will be coming out? I just loved The Scapegoats and am really looking forward to the next one!

And while we're on the subject of Mad Men (I know we're really not, but bear with me here), might I suggest Embeth Davidtz, who portrays Englishwoman Rebecca Pryce, for the role of Alix? She's a relative unknown, has a regal look and does an educated British accent. She was born in the US of South African parents and moved there when she was a kid. We could go further and do worse ...

One thing we do need to show is the diessensions within the family, hence I have Alexandra saying that not one of the uncles is fit to rule. We could use Nicholas banishing Paul and/or Kirill for this.

I think this is important too. It serves to establish Alix and Nicky as "hardliners" and helps show the audience why they refused to adapt to the changing times of the early 20th century. Also, it will help highlight the differences in morals between that period and today. Mad Men, one of my favorite TV shows, does an excellent job of depicting those contrasts between the early 1960s and today.

Not much happened during the Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia years. But there is the beginning of the childhoods and the trips on the Standart.

This period could be handled with one of those montages with music and dissolving family photos and things of that nature. But I think it's important to show the Hague - It was a good attempt to keep the world at peace and I've never thought Nicholas got enough credit or recognition for it.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Lovely pictures of the tsarina and the tsar
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:48:21 PM »
In the top left photo where Alix and Nicky are holding hands, does anyone know if she is pregnant? She certainly looks it ... her waist doesn't have that 1890s nipped-in silhouette and her skirt seems to be riding over a baby bump.

I like her too, but her looks are all wrong for Alix ...

I'll allow, though, that she might be good as Aunt Miechen. Helen Mirren would make a great Dowager Empress. All I know about Nicholas is that I would like someone short to medium in height, with a slight build, like Nicholas himself had. Charles Kay in FOE was just right physically, IMHO.

No, no, no, not Meryl Streep! She's such a cliche' ...

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