Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

• Emperor's granddaughter, conquered western podiums and movie screens

She was called the Queen of Paris, she was the first princess on the catwalk, her beauty admired by Saint-Exupery, Remarque and Cocteau. Natalie Paley - granddaughter of Emperor Alexander II - was in exile in 1919. Many aristocrats then had to get a job. Natalie chose a profession, because of which had to blush her mother - she became a fashion model and then actress. In the fashion world, she was able to achieve notable successes too.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Natalia Pavlovna Paley was the daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich Romanov, granddaughter of Emperor Alexander II and cousin of Nicholas II. The life of the imperial family has crossed the 1917 revolution. Brothers and father Natalia was arrested in 1918, his brother, aunt and cousins ​​alive thrown into the mine in 1919, shot his father. Mother with her two daughters miraculously managed to escape abroad.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Family Natalie Paley.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Natalie Paley with his sister Irina.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Natalie Paley with his sister Irina.

Money prudently left by his father in France, soon ended. Natalie had to get a job. When she told her mother about her intention to become a "dummy" (as they called models), she burst into tears of shame: Princess on the podium - a disgrace to the royal family! But, on reflection, she still gave her consent.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Natalie Paley and her husband Lucien Lelong.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Wedding Natalie and Lucien Lelong.

Natalie Paley introduced Coco Chanel, who admired "the rock" and the manner of Russian aristocratic refinement. Chanel recommended Natalie Paley as a mannequin in one of the prestigious modeling agencies Lucien Lelong. Renowned fashion designer could not resist the Russian beauty, and she soon became not only a model, but also his wife. Marriage of Princess and "tailor" called uneven, although a win-win: Lelong was rich, successful and sewed clothes for members of high society.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

The first princess on the catwalk.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Natalie Paley and her husband Lucien Lelong.

Natalie became popular model, her face graced the covers of newspapers and magazines, devoted to her husband, a collection of clothes and perfumes. She was called the queen of Parisian fashion, women imitated her mannerisms, walk and talk.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Queen of Paris.

Fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev wrote about her: "Her appearance is fraught with the same mystery as the face of Greta Garbo. She preferred to be in the company of friends - men gifted and bright, who saw in it the personification of beauty, which they worshiped, but does not seek to intimacy. With Jean Cocteau and Serge Lifar Natalie novels were more platonic than passionate. It is clear that too much expression of masculinity repelled Natalie, she preferred the warm adoration associated with the poetry of the senses. " Roman Natalie Paley and Jean Cocteau yet gone beyond the platonic relationship: she even had an abortion. Natalie remained childless, and Cocteau hated women.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Natalie Paley.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Queen of Paris.

In 1930 Natalie started acting in movies. She knew how to look at the screen effectively, though about her acting abilities were quite mixed reviews. Marriage with Lelong broke up soon. Natalie was invited to Hollywood in 1937, she moved to the United States. There she married again - for theatrical producer, John Chapman Wilson. Natalie wanted to conquer Broadway with theater but she did not work. She continued her modeling career, became the face of the company "Linchboycher". In 1941, Paley took US citizenship.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

First Princess on the podium.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

Natalie Paley and Erich Maria Remarque.

Her second marriage was not exactly happy, considering her husband's fondness for alcohol. Natalie broke affair with Antoine Saint-Exupéry, he was brilliant, but short-lived. The writer said that Natalie "emits light milk and honey." Erich Maria Remarque, too, succumbed to the princess. Their affair lasted for 11 years. Remarque called his sweetheart 'ray of light among dolls and monkeys. "

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

The granddaughter of the Emperor Alexander II, which has become a model and an actress.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens

First Princess on the podium.

In 1961, Natalie's husband died of liver cirrhosis. She fell into depression for a while, too, abused alcohol. The last 20 years, she did not respond to calls and letters, he led reclusive. In 1981, she broke her hip and was confined to bed. Then Natalie took an overdose of sleeping pills - could no longer feel helpless and alone.

Granddaughter of the emperor, conquered the catwalks and western cinema screens