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Russian Noble Families / Re: Maya de Chrapovitsky
« on: August 31, 2009, 01:27:11 PM »
Maya had a son, Charles, by Elbridge Rand. Charles was the half-brother of Hugh Auchinclos, so the connected extended even further.

Russian Noble Families / Re: Maya de Chrapovitsky
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:26:01 PM »
I knew Maya de Chrapovitsky very well. I attended boarding school with her son, Charles Rand, whose father she married after the divorce with Auchincloss. I spent a number of weekends at her house in La Jolla, California. She was, indeed, a very lively person, as was her son, Charles. I also had the pleasure of meeting her sister. The sisters normally conversed in French. However, when the subject concerned, cooking or the household, they switched to Russian. After weekends, Maya always sent Charles back to school with a bottle of vodka, with a twist of lemon in it - Russian style.

According to Charles, his mother had fallen on hard times after the demise of the Czarist regeme. When she met Auchincloss, she was working as a waitress- truly a woman of spirit.
I also met Yusha, although under different circumstances. It was at a soccer game in New York, which I attended with the owner of the ill-fated soccer team, the New York Generals. I told Yusha I knew Charles, and we exchanged a couple of pleasantries on the subject.

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