Alexandra Smirnova

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Alexandra Osipovna Smirnova
Portrait by Pyotr Sokolov, 1835
Born Александра Осиповна Россет
(1809-03-06)March 6, 1809
Odessa, Russian Empire
Died June 7, 1882(1882-06-07) (aged 73)
Paris, France
Occupation Russian lady-in-waiting
Spouse(s) Nikolai Smirnov

Alexandra Osipovna Smirnova (Александра Осиповна Смирнова, née Rossette, known also as Smirnova-Rossette, Смирнова-Россет; March 6, 1809, Odessa, Russian Empire, - June 7, 1882, Paris, France) was a Russian Imperial court lady-in-waiting who served first widow Empress Maria Fyodorovna, then, after her death in 1828, Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Alexandra Rossette (who in 1832 married Russian diplomat Nikolai Smirnov), was an elitist Saint Petersburg salon hostess and a friend of Alexander Pushkin, Vasily Zhukovsky, Pyotr Vyazemsky, Nikolai Gogol and Mikhail Lermontov. She is best remembered for her memoirs, unusually frank, occasionally caustic, and, as it was argued decades later, not necessarily accurate.[1][2]


  1. ^ "A.O.Smirnova-Rosset". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  2. ^ Ganicheva, M (2001). "A.O.Smirnova-Rosset (The Famous Russian Beauties)". Veche (newspaper). Retrieved 2013-11-01. 

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