Lili Dehn

Nurse, Celebrity

1888 – 1963

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Who was Lili Dehn?

Lili Dehn, or Lili von Dehn, born Yulia Alexandrovna Smolskaia, was the wife of a Russian naval officer and a friend to Tsarina Alexandra.

Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, Dehn wrote a biography, The Real Tsaritsa, to refute rumors that were circulating in Europe during the 1920s about the Tsarina and Grigori Rasputin.

Famous Quotes:

  • "Cameo like profile . . . a lovely rose maiden and as pure as flower"
  • “The Grand Duchess Tatiana was as charming as her sister Olga, but in a different way. She has been described as proud, but I never knew anyone less so. With her, as her mother, shyness and reserve were accounted as pride, but once you knew her and had gained her affection, this reserve disappeared, and the real Tatijana became apparent. She was a poetical creature, as always yearning for the ideal, and dreaming of great friendships which might be hers. The Emperor loved her devotedly, they had much in common, and the sisters used to laugh, and say that, if a favor were required, ‘Tatiana must ask Papa to grant it.’ She was very tall, and excessively thin, with a cameo-like profile, deep blue eyes, and dark chestnut hair… a lovely ‘Rose’ maiden, fragile and pure as a flower.”

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Born
Aug 9, 1888
Russia
Also known as
  • Lili von Dehn
  • Yulia Alexandrovna Smolskaia
  • Julia Dehn
  • Julia Smolski
  • Mme. Dehn
  • Lily Dehn
  • Madame Lily Dehn
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Died
Oct 8, 1963
Rome

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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