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Vera de Bosset Soudeikine (1888–1982) was a long-term mistress and ultimately second wife of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, who married her in 1940 after the death of his first wife Katerina Nossenko.

Vera de Bosset was born Vera Bosse, the daughter of Eduard Bosse (died 1927 in Reval) and Hedwig von Ruckteschell (1890–1938 in Riga). Both parents were German Balten, Mother Baltic Nobility. Vera allegedly changed the name into a French version "Bosset" to hide her German ancestry. She was the only one ever to do so.

Married to his cousin Katerina Nossenko since 1906, Stravinsky met Vera in 1921, when she was a dancer and the wife of the painter and stage designer Serge Sudeikin. The two soon began an affair which led to her leaving her husband. From then until the death of Katerina in 1939, Stravinsky led a deft double-life, spending most of his time with his first family and the rest with Vera. Katerina soon learned of the relationship and accepted it as inevitable and permanent. After her death Stravinsky and Vera were married in New Yorkmarker where they had gone from France to escape the war.

Her descendants include nephews and nieces and further in Europe, the United States and Chile.

Sources

Sources are the von Ruckteschell Family papers, taken care of by Georg Bosse, Kentucky, USA.


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