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The Mdivani (Georgian: მდივანი) is a Georgian aristocratic family. In the West, the best known bearers of this name were the children of General Zakhari Mdivani and his wife Elizabeth.[1] The five siblings fled to Paris after the Soviet invasion of Georgia, and became known as the "Marrying Mdivanis", as they all managed to marry into wealth and fame.

The Mdivani siblings were:

  • Isabelle Roussadana Mdivani (1906-1938), aka Roussie or Roussy. A sculptor, she married the Spanish painter Jose Maria Sert in 1928.
  • David Mdivani (1907-1984), who married actress Mae Murray, and had a son, Koran David (1927-), with her. After he bankrupted her, she divorced him in 1933 and they became involved in a fierce custody battle over their child. He was involved with French actress Arletty. David then married Sinclair Oil heiress Virginia Sinclair (daughter of Harry Ford Sinclair) in 1944, and they had a son, Michael (1945-1990).[1]
  • Nina Mdivani (died 1987), who was married to Charles Henry Huberich, a Stanford professor and lawyer, from 15 July 1925 until their divorce on 19 May 1936. On 18 August 1936 she married Denis Conan Doyle, a son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. After Denis's death on 9 March 1955, she married Anthony Harwood, a secretary to Denis Conan Doyle.[1]

The word "Mdivani" in Georgian means "Secretary".

Notable members[edit]


  1. ^ a b Philip G. Bergem (2001). The Family and Residences of Arthur Conan Doyle. St. Paul, Minnesota: Privately printed. pp. 4, 11. 
  2. ^ Serge Mdivani is Killed Playing Polo in Florida, The New York Times, March 16, 1936