~:Anastasia: Mystery of Anna:~
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna was a two-part star studded historical T.V. movie based on the Peter Kurth book, Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson. This TV movie recounts the life of Ms. Anderson, who until the day she died at age 82 insisted that she was really the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II.
Anna first makes her claim in 1920, when she is an inmate in a Berlin asylum. Her story tells the tale of a risky escape from the Bolsheviks, who killed the rest of her family in 1918. So vivid is her tale that many Russian expatriates are willing to believe her. The film concludes in 1928, with Anna restating her claim before the surviving Romanovs living in New York. Amy Irving plays the leading character in a lady-or-the-tiger fashion, so that we never know if she truly swallows her own tale or if she's merely a clever charlatan. Olivia DeHavilland, Rex Harrison, Claire Bloom, Omar Sharif and Susan Lucci co-star in this opulent, location-filmed production, which originally aired on December 7 and 8, 1986.
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