The Marie in TWL, the cousin of the archduke, was Countess Marie
Larisch. She ended up becoming involved in the Mayerling scandal
where her cousin Crown Prince Rudolph was found dead with his mistress
Baroness Mary Vetsera. Possibly this was a murder-suicide but various
explanations have been given.
The Vienna Public Works department has just published a short article
(in German) on Marie. They contacted me last week to get permission
to use a picture (I have a couple on my website.)
The article is at URL:
That's a pretty long URL and it may not be clickable. If so it may be
easier to go to the homepage of the Vienna Public Works department website
and click on the word "mehr" next to the picture of the girl in the top hat.
On the page with the article if you click the photo of the young Marie
a popup should appear with a bigger picture. They made two small
mistakes here. They mispelled Rickard as Richard and I had disclaimed
The picture of Marie was taken when she was about 16 years old and
just a Baroness (Freiin) but she married Count Larisch at 19 and became
Countess (Gräfin) Larisch. She and the Count seperated (divorce or
anullment) in 1896 and Marie then married an opera singer and then
later a Florida land developer.
Below is a translation of the page using Google.
I have that she was both born and died in Ausburg, Bavaria but
they have her born in Vienna.
"Yard" is better translated as "court."
The translation program removes gender on pronouns (e.g., she=>it)
More information on Marie is at
Who was actually...?
Marie Louise Elizabeth, Freiin von Wallersee, the niece of empress
Elisabeth led an extremely turbulent and eventful life: As an
illegitimate child of an actress and the brother empress Elisabeths it
was civil educated shielded by the German yard.
The?wilde branch? the Wittelsbacher was promoted to companion of its
aunt to the travel companion, trusted and. Not at all pleased however
the Viennese yard showed up, when countess Larisch of Elizabeth into
the society was introduced. Only by their marriage with counts Georg
Larisch Moennich became it the?ebenbuertigen? Member of the
Probably countess Larisch?s life without large attention would have
run, around their person not the reproach to climb in the fatal trip
Kronprinz Rudolfs after Mayerling to have been maininvolved.
THAT COUNTESS LARISCH. It was it, which had organized to 29.01.1889
the meeting between Rudolf and its blood-young loved Mary Vetsera. By
the?Affaire in such a way specified of Mayerling?, with that the
Austrian Kronprinz Rudolf and baron-eats Vetsera their life left,
became from countess Larisch? countess Larisch...?.
VERFEMT AFTER MAYERLING. Never again the possibility of justifying
itself with emperor Franz Joseph and empress Elisabeth for the
incidents purged it after its marriage with the royal Bavarian opera
singer Otto Brucks, more and more to the alcohol.
By means of threatening letters and extortions it received an
enormously high (Schweige)Summe. in the First World War from Franz
Joseph it worked as a rotkreuzschwester and emigrierte 1924 to
America, was Farmergattin in Florida and finally died 1940 82-jaehrig
in a Augsburger old person asylum.
born: 24.02.1858 in Vienna
died: 04.07.1940 in Augsburg