Natalia Pavlovna Paley

Natalia Pavlovna Paley

Born Dec 5, 1905

Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley, Countess de Hohenfelsen (December 5, 1905 – December 27, 1981) was a member of the Romanov family. A daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, she was a first cousin of the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II. After the Russian revolution she emigrated first to France and later to the United States. She became a fashion model, socialite, vendeuse, and briefly pursued a career as a film actress.… Read More

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They settled in Paris and bought a house in Boulogne-sur-Seine that previously belonged to Princess Zenaide Ivanovna Youssoupoff. It was there that Natalia was born in 1905, completing their family. … Read More
1916 10 Years Old …  Though he was in poor health, Natalia's father, Grand Duke Paul, ignoring his doctor's advice, left to take command of a Guards regiment in 1916. … Read More


1917 11 Years Old As Tsar Nicholas and his family were sent to internal exile to Siberia, Natalia and her family remained living in their palace under increasingly deteriorating conditions after the Bolsheviks rise to power in October 1917. … Read More
1919 13 Years Old …  Grand Duke Paul was killed in January 1919, and tossed into a heap along with the bodies of other victims. … Read More
1920 14 Years Old Once in exile, Princess Paley and her daughters moved to Sweden, where they stayed until the spring of 1920. … Read More
1923 17 Years Old The sisters came back to Paris, where Irina married Prince Feodor Alexandrovich of Russia, a nephew of Tsar Nicholas II, on May 31, 1923. … Read More


1927 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Lucien Lelong divorced his wife, Anne-Marie Audoy, on 16 July 1927. … Read More
1932 26 Years Old Their affair ended in the fall of 1932. … Read More
1933 27 Years Old In the spring of 1933 she began to pursue a film career. … Read More


1936 30 Years Old In 1936 she returned briefly to France to film The New Men (Les Hommes nouveaux) with Jean Marais, under the direction of Marcel L'Herbier. … Read More
1937 31 Years Old After divorcing Lucien Lelong on May 24, 1937, Princess Paley married Wilson on 8 September 1937 in Fairfield, Connecticut. … Read More


1947 41 Years Old World War II affected Princess Paley only because her family and friends were living abroad. Though she went back to France in 1947, she spaced out her trips to Europe spending more time in her luxurious residences: an apartment on East 57th Street in Manhattan. … Read More


1981 75 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 1981, Natalia Paley Pavlvona suffered a fall in her bathroom. … Read More
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