Many women, most notably Anna Anderson, claimed to be Anastasia and hence the heir to the Romanov inheritance. Each said she had fled the execution and lived. Some later married and had children. None was able to prove their claim against the other claimants or against the Soviet government which laid out the money for each claimant.
Anna Anderson was born on March 20, 1894 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her parents were wealthy merchants who owned a large estate near St. Petersburg. She had two sisters who survived her. When Anna was nine years old, her father died and her mother was left with no means of support. To make matters worse, Anna's sister Elizabeth had been diagnosed with tuberculosis. To save her life, they had to remove one of her lungs.
After the death of her parents, Anna was taken care of by relatives but soon found herself alone in the world. She never saw her sister again and had no idea how she would survive.
In 1916, when Anna was 16 years old, a man named Alexis Rodzianko brought her to a meeting at his house where other high-ranking officials were also present.
During the revolution, she and her grandmother, Marie Feodorovna, were said to be the only Romanov family members who escaped murder. Anastasia, an eight-year-old girl, gets separated from her grandmother during the escape and is abandoned in Russia, where she lives as an unknown orphan as "Anya" for the next 10 years. She returns to St. Petersburg when she learns that her father has been murdered. Her mother, the last Russian Empress, dies a few months later on January 6, 1917.
Anastasia becomes a symbol for many Russians after this event, especially since her survival has been documented by various sources including several books and films. The age of Anastasia at the time of the revolution has been determined by some historians to have been between four and six years old. However, other historians argue that her birth date should be given as December 22, 1889, making her 12 years old at the time of the assassination.
Anastasia's story has inspired many artists over the years, most notably the painter Nicholas Roerich who painted a series of 11 paintings about Anastasia's life. His work is used with permission by the Church of the Holy Trinity in St. Petersburg where some of the originals are kept. In 1998, a young American named Anna Chapman was arrested in Moscow and charged with espionage because it was believed that she had served as an agent for the KGB.
Trivia. Dimitri is based on a prince who was convinced that Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Anastasia and escaped the death, was the actual Anastasia. He started a campaign to get her recognized as such.
Dimitri is also based on an FBI agent who was working on the case of Anastasia before it became famous. He spent years trying to convince the royal family that Anna was who they thought she was. When he finally succeeded, the king made him a prince to thank him for his service.
All in all, Dimitri is one of the most interesting characters in the movie. You can learn more about him by reading my article on How I created Dimitri's personality chart. The more you know about someone's character, the better you can write stories about them. And since I already have articles written about Anna and Olga, I decided to make another one about this wonderful man.
The German courts determined after a lengthy litigation that Anderson had failed to show she was Anastasia, but her claim acquired popularity due to media attention. ...
|Known for||Impostor of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. John Eacott “Jack” Manahan ( m. 1968)|
Romanova, Anastasia Nikolaevna.
Anastasia Romanov was the only child of Nicholas and Alexandra. When she turned 16, Anastasia married a close friend, Grigory Rasputin, who became her guide and protector. But when Anastasia's father took ill and died, things changed for the worse. Under the influence of her husband's friends, who were enemies of the government, Anna fell out of favor with the royal family. In 1916, after the arrest of Rasputin, she was sent away to live in a cottage near Lake Seliger with her mother and sister. There, under guard by soldiers, they were forced to live like peasants. Finally, in 1917, Anna and her mother were taken to Tobolsk where they were imprisoned. Only then did it become known that Anna had not committed suicide as previously thought; instead, she had been murdered.
Now you know everything you need to about this beautiful woman. Do you think she would make a good wife for Vladimir?
Vladimir Lenin was a Russian revolutionary who led the Bolsheviks from 1914 until his death in 1924.