About: In the film, Dowager Empress Marie (former empress and mother of Tsar Nicholas II) visited her family in Russia and doted on her granddaughter, Anastasia. She escaped Rasputin and the uprising, but lost much of her family and even Anastasia. Ten years later, she puts out a reward for Anastasia’s return. Downhearted and burnt out from fakes, she almost misses the opportunity to meet with Anastasia, but is impressed by Dimitri’s persistence and she and Anastasia reunite and rejoice. Marie also pulls the two almost lovers back together after informing Anastasia that he would take no reward for what he did and is happy, in the end, that Anastasia is happy. She was a bright and happy woman before most of her family was killed and initially seems cold and distant as a result along with fruitless searches for Anastasia, but the woman she once was returns with her granddaughter, although she still retains a very regal air. Sophie seems to care for her a great deal and Marie and Anastasia have a very loving relationship.
The Dowager Empress narrates a portion of the film, including the opening.
Maria Feodorovna did outlive most of her Russian family in real life and cared a great deal about her family, but her story is very different and more tragic than that in the film.
Timofey Ksenofontovich Yaschik,Cossack bodyguard firstly to Tsar Nicholas ll of Russia,then his mother,the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia.He was able to escape from Russia,accompanying the Empress to Denmark.