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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Maria Rasputin - the daughter of the famous Russian monk who influenced the Romanov family and helped to care for Nicholas and Alexandra's son, Alexei - left Russia and became a circus lion tamer. She performed with the circus, in Europe and America, in the 1930s.
During a circus stop in Peru, Indiana, Maria was mauled by a bear. She left the circus shortly thereafter.

In this photo, from 1914, she is seen with her mother and father in the family's St. Petersburg apartment.

(Found this interesting fact on a circus site from the 1930's- It kinda looks like Raspuetin was added to the photo so I'm not sure about this)

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