Mayerling is the name of a notorious Austrian village linked to a romantic tragedy. At a royal hunting lodge there, in 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf--desperate over his father's command to put away his teenage mistress, the Baroness Marie Vetsera--shot her to death and killed himself. The misfortune may indeed have been a murder-suicide, but perhaps it was a political assassination, or even the result of a lunatic family vendetta: scholarship is still catching up with the facts.
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Television debut was on the CBS show "We the People" on December 21, 1951 in which she re-enacted her experiences in Arnheim, The Netherlands during WWII; she then appeared in the drama CBS Television Workshop: Rainy Day in Paradise Junction (CBS April 13, 1954) See more
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