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She played a remarkable historic role, by accident.

Her only son was a hemophiliac, and as she and her husband struggled with this wrenching disease, they wrote the best-selling book "Nicholas and Alexandra", about the extraordinarily close relationship of the last Tsar and his German wife, as they they struggled with the same disease in the heir to the throne.  

The Massies' insights into their tragedy was one of the reasons the book glowed with authenticity.