Audrey Emery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Audrey Emery
Princess Romanovskaya-Ilyinskaya
Dmitri pavlovich e esposa.jpg
Audrey with her first husband, Dmitri Pavlovich.
Spouse Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia
Prince Dimitri Djordjadze
Issue Prince Paul Dmitriievich Romanovsky-Ilyinsky
House House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father John Josiah Emery
Mother Lela Alexander
Born (1904-01-04)4 January 1904
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died 25 November 1971(1971-11-25) (aged 67)
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Anna Audrey Emery (4 January 1904 – 25 November 1971) was an American heiress and socialite who was the wife of one of the last Russian Grand Dukes.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the youngest daughter of John Josiah Emery, a real-estate millionaire, and his wife, the former Lela Alexander (later the Hon. Mrs. Alfred Anson). She had two sisters, Alexandra (Mrs. Benjamin Moore and Mrs. Robert Gordon McKay) and Lela (Mrs. Alastair Mackintosh and Duchess of Talleyrand), and two brothers, Thomas Emery and John Josiah Emery, Jr. (who married Irene Gibson Post, the daughter of the artist Charles Dana Gibson).

She married, morganatically, in 1926, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, an exile after the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich of Russia, Dmitri's cousin, elevated Audrey to Russian rank of knyaginya (noble, not dynastic) with the usual name Romanovsky and granted her the suffix, Ilyinsky, from Dmitri's former property in Russia. In 1928, she gave birth to her only child, Prince Paul Romanoff-Ilyinsky. In 1937 she divorced Dmitri and moved to France with her son, marrying that same year a member of a princely house of Georgia, Prince Dimitri Djordjadze; that marriage also ended in divorce. After the end of both marriages, she resumed her maiden name and was known legally and socially as Mrs. Audrey Emery.

In the 1940s she lived in South Carolina, later moving to Biarritz, France. Over the years, she owned several houses in Palm Beach, Florida. In the 1960s she built a house in Cincinnati, Ohio, to which she moved in order to be closer to her son and his family. She died in Palm Beach, Florida.

In 1992, her son, Paul Ilyinsky, who had become an American citizen, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a three-time Mayor of Palm Beach, Florida, technically succeeded as head of the ducal and princely House of Holstein-Gottorp.