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Anna Anderson

1896 - 1984

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Anna Anderson (born Franziska Schanzkowska; 16 December 1896 – 12 February 1984) was an impostor who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, Nicholas II and Alexandra, was murdered along with her parents and siblings on 17 July 1918 by Bolshevik revolutionaries in Yekaterinburg, Russia, but the location of her body was unknown until 2007.In 1920, Anderson was institutionalized in a mental hospital after a suicide attempt in Berlin. At first, she went by the name Fräulein Unbekannt (German for Miss Unknown) as she refused to reveal her identity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anna Anderson has received more than 3,066,762 page views. Her biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Anna Anderson is the 19th most popular celebrity (down from 14th in 2019), the 634th most popular biography from Germany (down from 85th in 2019) and the most popular German Celebrity.

Anna Anderson was a woman who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia.

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Among celebrities, Anna Anderson ranks 19 out of 181Before her are Jon Brower Minnoch, Millvina Dean, Joseph Merrick, Mary Anning, Monica Lewinsky, and Philippe Petit. After her are Rosalia Lombardo, Margaret Brown, Dodi Fayed, Sarah Knauss, Marie Duplessis, and Peggy Guggenheim.

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Among people born in 1896, Anna Anderson ranks 32Before her are Howard Hawks, Célestin Freinet, Buenaventura Durruti, Italo Balbo, Erich Koch, and Helen of Greece and Denmark. After her are Carl Ferdinand Cori, John Dos Passos, A. J. Cronin, Herbert Backe, Sandro Pertini, and Rolf Maximilian Sievert. Among people deceased in 1984, Anna Anderson ranks 19Before her are Alfred Kastler, Julio Cortázar, Tigran Petrosian, Mohamed Naguib, Stanley Milgram, and Dmitry Ustinov. After her are Karl Wolff, Marvin Gaye, Oleg Antonov, Pyotr Kapitsa, Carl Ferdinand Cori, and Sam Peckinpah.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Anna Anderson ranks 634 out of 6,142Before her are Hans Morgenthau (1904), Reinhard Gehlen (1902), Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978), Walther Rathenau (1867), Maria Josepha of Bavaria (1739), and Werner von Haeften (1908). After her are Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse (1837), Jakob Fugger (1459), Rudolf Otto (1869), Frederick Trump (1869), Otto Rehhagel (1938), and Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1629).

Among CELEBRITIES In Germany

Among celebrities born in Germany, Anna Anderson ranks 1After her are Fritz Pfeffer (1889), Walther Kadow (1900), and Herbert Norkus (1916).