6 December 1971
Ballerina Mathilda Kschessinskaya died in Paris
The legendary prima of the Mariinsky Theatre died just a few months short of her 100th birthday. Having emigrated from Russia in 1920, Kschessinskaya spent more than half of a century in France. In Paris, she opened her ballet studio; her memoirs were also published there for the first time (in French). In 1921, she married Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich and a few years later received the title of Princess Romanovskaya-Krasinskaya. After her death she was buried at the Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois Russian Cemetery in a grave with her husband and her son Vladimir.