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The Russian Princess Who Changed the Film Industry Forever

Find out how much it cost Hollywood to blur the line between fiction and reality

Princess Irina Alexandrovna in profile, wearing a white day dress with a long pearl necklace.
Irina Alexandrovna photographed by Boasson & Eggler, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

When I was little, I never understood why movies about real people featured the following disclaimer: “Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental.”

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