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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 13, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseAt 13, Rudolf was a neat Dapper youth. Maria Vetsera at 16 had Calm classic Beauty. And Tufe Baroness Page 12 Archduke Rudolf wore uniform for photo at time of engagement to Princess Stephanie. The stars and stripes by johnb Ger staff writer the world of films is taking other fling at mayerling. It s been to years since Durr Cux and Charles Hoyer Star a screen version of the Royal is that Shook the Austro him ariane Archduke Rudolf Crown Prince Ottria and Hungary made the Ira from history to tragedy in 1889 he fired a Bullet into his head ail family Hunting Lodge mayerling on Vienna taking his mistress ban Maria Vetsera with him in y death. Latest director to have his fancy toward thoughts of mayerling is Terence Young who made his i National reputation with James thrillers. Now Young is betting on grand love affairs us the next popular in starring As the doomed lovers ii movie being made in Vienna and Are Omar Sharif As the Torra Crown Prince and Catherine As the amorous 17-year-old mite voluptuous figure pretty quivering lips pert Little snub nose a touch of sensuousness that airmen portraying Complex Rudolf s intriguing parents Are James Masi emperor Franz Josef and Ava g As Empress Elisabeth who a cousins further addled an already inbred Royal blood line distinguish one Side by imbecility and on by wonder then that the strains produce a frustrated Hamlet like too advanced in Liberal thinking his need for a psychiatrist s i viennese Sigmund Freud whose probing in psychoanalysis came to for the hapless hapsburgs would had a Ball with the Imperial of More mad than Gay Vienna Whei nobility conspired while the from Paris say so. Portraying Rudolf As dissolute plex and sounds exactly like a court unhappy intellectual loner tolerated according to recent his studies because he was heir throne but the Palace inner never missed a Chance to Dri Ether wedge Between the cultured is his unenlightened two were never close. Progressive ideas for social and Cal Reform within the dual Moi drove them further apart As a Young Man s subsequent plunge Playboy backers blame the latter systematic court plot to keep the serous reformer distracted and ther discredit him in the Eye completely unsympathetic Emperio death alone can s a v e my name Rudolf wrote in a Farewell to his belgian born wife print Stephanie. I go to it calmly. Of Van with a willing Maria to share his7 suicidal Mono mania Rudolph a n trently almost lost his nerve. The autopsy disclosed that he must have to for 10 hours through the night of Jan 29 beside the nude body of Maria. She had died with a Bullet through the brain in his bedroom at the Royal Hunt ing Lodge of mayerling now a Convent. Finally Between 6 30 and 7 30 on the next morning Rudolph fully dressed Knelt at the bed beside Maria and possibly motivated by the memory of his shrewish wife s stinging taunts of cowardice and encouraged by Large quantities of Brandy sent a snot into his own head. Rudolph was noted for his penchant for revolvers perhaps inspired of child Hood conditioning by his military Tutor who believed in toughening his protege by firing pistols in the sleeping lad s bedroom in the Middle of the night father Franz his pouting hapsburg lips camouflaged by luxuriant Mutton chop whiskers could comment Only that his son had died ignoble like a tailor in an unsavoury act not at All befitting the court of an apostolic King of the roman Catholic Church. All the Powers of censorship at his command consider Able to say the least Franz Josef announced his son s death at 30 As due to heart failure even though the pathetic Corpse with the hungarian Hussar moustache was to lie in state with head built up with plaster and swathed in bandages. The hands were hidden under Flowers to conceal the trigger Finger wich had been impossible to straighten Maria s body was hidden in a Wood shed at mayerling then spirited to an unmarked grave in a monastery Ceme Tery. In her Farewell note to her Mother Maria had expressed the desire to be buried alongside Rudolf who had writ ten to the Empress expressing the Sam wish. But that was one part of their death pact that the emperor mad sure would never be. Maria also left letters for former lovers and commented lightly on such matters As the whistling ability of the Carriage Driver who took her to Mayer Ling. Rudolf addressed his most endearing words to a Well known woman about town Mizzi Kaspar with whom he had spent his last night in Vienna and whom Fie had publicly acknowledged As his favorite. However Mizzi s affection Ulun t extend to entering into any death pact. All warnings of Rudolf s suicidal mama were ignored stupidly or conveniently even by the length matters came to such a pass recalled Princess Stephanie that to threatened to finish tilings of by first shooting me and them himself. Seemed to me that the Fate of Thelt Wii Prince was bandages plaster concealed head wound while Archduke Rudolf Lay in state on Bier in i Ecru Hunting Lodge of mayerling lives in history As site of strange tragic deaths of Prince and Bro Omar Sharif plays doomed Prince in new film As dissolute Complex co Star is Catherine Deneuve. The stars and stripes pa9e 13

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