Alma Vetsera Hayne

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Alma and her son Rudolph Hayne (1899-?)

Alma Vetsera Hayne (1890–1919) was a New York City socialite who passed herself off as the daughter of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria and Baroness Mary Vetsera and called herself Princess Vetsera of Austria. She claimed her son, Rudolph Hayne (1899-?), was heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.


Her first husband was George Osborne Hayne. She married Donald Shields Andrews (1894-1930) on April 24, 1915.[1][2][3]

She took her own life with poison in 1919 at the second victory ball for the end of World War I.[4]

Shields Andrews, an inorganic chemist, would take his own life with poison in 1930 in Fair Haven, New Jersey. He had been working on a process to make synthetic gemstones.[4]


  1. ^ "Friends Are Told Mrs. Hayne Is Yale Senior's Bride". New York Times. April 27, 1915. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Andrews Returns Alone. Yale Man Leaves Bride of April Romance in Liverpool". New York Times. April 27, 1915. Retrieved 2011-03-13. He married Alma V. Hayne at Mamaroneek, N. Y., on April 24, against the wishes of his parents ... 
  3. ^ "Mrs. Andrews Says 'I'll Nurse Soldiers'. 'Through with Donald Forever' Self-Styled Hapsburg Princess Adds. But Won't Get A Divorce. Hospital Denies Sending Her to "Tend Wounded British at the Front in Poland."". New York Times. January 16, 1916. Retrieved 2011-03-14. Through the medium of a news agency Mrs. Donald Shields Andrews, formerly the wife of George Osborn Hayne, who said she was a daughter of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria-Hungary, notified the newspapers last evening that she was sailing this Wednesday on the New Amsterdam for "the British battle front" to nurse soldiers. 
  4. ^ a b "Famous Eloper Dies of Poison. Yale Man Dies Same Way as His Princess Wife". Associated Press. June 12, 1930. Retrieved 2011-03-14.