- NAME: Anastasia
- OCCUPATION: Duchess
- BIRTH DATE: June 18, 1901
- DEATH DATE: c. July 16, 1918
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Petrodvorets, Russia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Yekaterinburg, Russia
- AKA: Anastasiya Nikolayevna
- AKA: Anastasia Nikolaevna
- AKA: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna
- AKA: Grand Duchess Anastasia
- Full Name: Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
- AKA: Anastasia Nikolayevna Romanova
- AKA: Anastasia Nikolayevna
- AKA: Anastasia
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Anastasia was the daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II. After she and her family were executed, rumors claimed that she might have survived.
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Anastasia's fate was particularly prone to these conjectures, as a number of women claiming to be the grand duchess periodically surfaced. Among the best known of these women was Anna Anderson, who, beginning in the early 1920s fought to prove herself the rightful claimant of Anastasia’s inheritance. Anderson's suit was rejected in 1970, and the mystery of the Grand Duchess Anastasia remained unsolved.
Anastasia's dubious whereabouts inspired books, plays and movies,
including an Academy Award–winning film starring legendary actress Ingrid Bergman.
In the 1970s an amateur archaeologist found a shallow grave containing the well-aged skeletons of six adults and three children. He suppressed these findings from the public until the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s. A forensic investigation in 1991 identified the nine bodies as belonging to Anastasia’s family members and servants, but Anastasia and her brother's bodies still appeared to be missing.
In 2007 a new DNA analysis of another grave, discovered near the first, conclusively identified Anastasia and Alexei's bodies, closing the door on nearly 90 years of mystery and speculation.
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