Sissi: A misbehavin’ woman who made history


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Princess Diana and Duchess Meghan are not the first royals to discover that the crown rustled their exquisitely coiffured hair.

The honor roll of history’s most rebellious leading ladies must include Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, whose titles included Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. To most, she’s Sissi – sassy Sissi, I’d say.

In 1852, at age 15, Elisabeth was coveted by His Majesty Franz Joseph, young leader of Austria who proposed to “Sissi” days later.

Sissi was strikingly beautiful, the “beauty queen empress.”

The Empress reigned for 44 years. Like Diana, she bristled at the constraints of her royal robes.

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Vicky Krieps as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in “Corsage.” 

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Film’s fascination with the empress began in 1957 when 17-year-old Romy Schneider starred in the “Sissi,” the first chapter in the Sissi trilogy.

Some 45 years later, in 2022, Netflix released the six-part series “The Empress.”

Cue Strauss again: Onto the crowded dance floor twirls “Corsage.”

Self-disclosure: Sissi has never been

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