Maria Rasputin as a circus performer in 1932. (Source: All Russia)
From left to right: Varvara, Maria’s sister; Rasputin, holding Maria; and Dmitri, her brother. (Source: All Russia)
So, Where'd It All Start?
I was born in 1899 in the village of Pokrovskoe in the county of Tobolsk. My parents are peasants, simple people. Our family consists of: father, mother, grandfather (my father's father), my brother, sister, and myself. We all live happily together, but sometimes I get cross with my brother and sister, but with my sister, I get cross all the time. My father plays an important role because the Sovereign knows him and loves him.
Sailing Into SocietyMaria Rasputina. (Source: All Russia)
Grigori Rasputin, c. 1914. (Photo: Public Domain/Wiki Commons)
When It All Went SidewaysMaria Rasputina. (All Russia)
So, What Does One Do Next?Maria appearing in Dresden, 1930s. (Source: Mental Floss)
Poster from Maria’s time with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus (Source: All Russia)