Birthday: March 27, 1898
Died At Age: 79
Sun Sign: Aries
Also Known As: Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina, Mara, Matrena, Marochka, Maria Rasputina
Born Country: Russia
Born in: Pokrovskoye, Russian Empire
Famous as: Grigori Rasputin’s Daughter
Spouse/Ex-: Boris Soloviev (m.1917 – div.1926), Gregory Bernadsky (m.1940 – div.1946)
father: Grigori Rasputin
mother: Praskovia Fedorovna Dubrovina
siblings: Dmitri Rasputin, Varvara Rasputin
children: Tatyana Soloviev
Died on: September 27, 1977
place of death: Los Angeles
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Who was Maria Rasputin?
Maria Rasputin was the daughter of the Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man Grigori Rasputin. She was a circus performer as well as a writer who wrote memoirs about her father’s attack by Khionia Guseva, dealing with Tsar Nicholas II, and murder. Born in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye, Russian Empire, she grew up alongside her younger sister, Varvara, and attended a private preparatory school. Following her father’s death and the outbreak of the Russian revolution, Rasputin left Russia with her husband to settle in Paris. She took up work as a cabaret dancer after her husband’s death in 1926, and later worked as a circus artist in Peru, Indiana. In 1940, Rasputin married her childhood friend in Miami and became a US citizen following their divorce six years later. She later did jobs in defense plants and hospitals. In 1968, she claimed to be psychic. Her last years were spent in Los Angeles where she lived on Social Security benefits.
Childhood & Early Life
Maria Rasputin was born as Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina on 26 March 1898 in Pokrovskoye, Russian Empire, to Grigori Rasputin and his wife Praskovya Fedorovna Dubrovina.
In 1910, she went to the Kazan Gymnasium. With her family, she then moved to St. Petersburg where her name was changed from Matryona to Maria.
In 1913, she and her younger sister Varvara enrolled in Steblin-Kamensky private preparatory school.
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About her father Grigori Rasputin
Grigori Rasputin was a mystic who called himself a monk though he held no official position in any Orthodox Church. According to Maria, he was not a monk but a staret who acted as a venerated teacher.
He captivated some church officials and became a popular figure. In November 1905, he befriended the emperor Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
In 1906, Rasputin started acting as a healer for the Tsar and his wife Tsarina Alexandra’s only son, Alexei. The boy, who suffered from hemophilia, eventually recovered. However, the cause of his recovery is unclear till date.
In 1914, Rasputin was stabbed by a peasant woman named Khioniya Guseva. He left for the hospital in a critical state. However, he recovered seven weeks later. After the attack, he began drinking alcohol.
On 30 December 1916, he was murdered at the home of Prince Felix Yusupov by Yusupov, the right-wing politician Vladimir Purishkevich, and the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich.
Maria later talked about the homosexual advances of Yusupov towards her father. However, no one believed her.
Life Following Fathers Death & the Russian Revolution
After the death of her father, Maria Rasputin and her sister were invited in the Alexandra palace. They eventually moved to a small apartment where they received an allowance.
They were then locked up and questioned in the Tauride Palace. Boris Soloviev, a son of one of her father's admirers Nikolai Soloviev, helped arrange for the sisters’ escape after receiving jewels from the Tsarina.
Maria and Boris eventually married on October 5, 1917, despite not being in love.
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During the Russian civil war, Boris lost the funds he had raised from the jewels. He was subsequently arrested and sent to Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai.
Maria became a mother for the first time in 1920. Following the birth of their daughter Tatyana, she and her husband left for Ceylon, Suez, Prague, and Trieste.
After their second daughter Maria’s birth in Austria, they settled in Paris where Boris took several odd jobs. He eventually died of tuberculosis in 1926.
Life Following Husband's Death
Following her husband’s death, Maria worked as a cabaret dancer. She sued Yussupov and Pavlovich in a Paris court and condemned them for killing her father. However, her claim was dismissed.
In 1929, she published the first memoir about her father, titled ‘The Real Rasputin’. That year, Maria gained work as a circus performer at Busch Circus.
She came up with the second memoir titled ‘Rasputin, My Father’ in 1932. Three years later, she joined the Indiana-based circus, the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and toured USA with the circus.
In 1938, Maria was ordered to leave USA. However, she managed to stay after marrying her childhood friend Gregory Bernadsky in March 1940.
Following her divorce from Bernadsky in 1946, she became a US citizen. She worked in defense plants until her retirement in 1955. Later, she served as a babysitter for friends in hospitals.
In 1968, she claimed to be psychic and stated that Anna Anderson was actually the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. At one point, she stated that Pat Nixon, wife of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, came to her in a dream.
Maria died on September 27, 1977, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was 79.
Her grandchildren included Laurence Huot-Solovieff, who was taught to be generous by Maria. In 2005, she recalled how her grandmother described her infamous great-grandfather as a big-hearted man with strong spiritual power who loved his country, God, and the Tsar.