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Anna Marly

Anna Marly
Real name
Anna Yurievna Betulinskaya
Born
October 30, 1917
Died
February 15, 2006
Country
United States
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Marly was born into a wealthy Russian noble family. Her father was executed following the October Revolution, and Marly, still an infant, moved with her mother to Finland, ultimately settling in the French town of Menton. Marly spoke French and was a singer-songwriter. At age 17, she was performing in Paris cabarets and adopted the name "Marly", having selected it from a telephone directory.

After the fall of France in 1940, Marly fled to London with her Dutch husband. After the war, she joined the Entertainments National Service Association, which was organized to entertain British soldiers, and Marly appeared as a performer across Europe. She also divorced her husband after the war, marrying another White Russian refugee. The pair originally moved to South America, before immigrating to the United States and settling in Lazy Mountain, Alaska, near Palmer, Alaska (where she died) and in the general area of Anchorage. Both Marly and her husband eventually became American citizens.

Her birth name in Cyrillic script is Анна Юрьевна Смирнова-Марли.

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