Marina Denikina

Marina Denikina

French journalist, historian
Date of Birth: 20.02.1919
Country: France

  1. Biography of Marina Denikina
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Marriages and Career
  4. Political Controversy and Later Life
  5. Legacy and Death

Biography of Marina Denikina

Marina Denikina was a French journalist and historian, and the daughter of General Anton Denikin and Xenia Denikina. She left Russia in 1920 with her family when she was still a child, and they settled in France in 1926. While General Denikin had hoped for a son, Xenia gave birth to a daughter in February 1919. Initially, Xenia wanted to name the girl Ariadna, while Denikin preferred the name Maria. They ultimately settled on the compromise name Marina.

Early Life and Education

At the age of 4, Marina's father taught her how to read, write, and count up to one hundred. Due to the lack of children's books in their emigration, Denikin taught his daughter the Russian language using the works of Lermontov, as he had a complete collection of his writings.

Marriages and Career

Marina divorced her first husband and later married French historian Jean-François Chiappe, gaining the title of Countess. For many years, Marina worked in television and wrote books, primarily focusing on Russian history under the pseudonym Marina Grey. She hosted shows with notable figures such as Gerard Philipe, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edith Piaf, and Françoise Sagan.

Political Controversy and Later Life

After Georges Pompidou became the President of France instead of Charles de Gaulle, he expressed his desire to no longer see Marina Grey on television due to political reasons. As a result, she left television journalism. In 2005, Marina agreed to have the remains of her father, Anton Ivanovich Denikin (who had died in 1947 and was buried in the USA), and her mother, Xenia Vasilievna Denikina (who had died in 1973 and was buried in France), transported to Russia.

Legacy and Death

Marina Denikina presented her father's saber as a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin. She passed away on November 16, 2005, just over a month after the reburial of her parents. She is survived by her son Michel Bude and several granddaughters.