Tolstoy, Ilya Biography

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Ilya Lvovich Tolstoy
1866, Russia
1933, New York City, New York, USA
Ilya Lvovich ("son of Leo") Tolstoy was the 3rd child of the world-famous Russian writer and philosopher Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), from the latter's 48-year marriage to Sonya Behrs, a marriage which produced 13 children in all. Although 5 of the Tolstoys' children died at birth or in infancy, the other 8 (including Ilya) survived to adulthood, and had careers which took them in many different directions. Ilya worked as a journalist, migrated to the USA in 1918 (around the time of the Russian Revolution), and had a motley career in the States. He did some journalism, including writings about his famous father in Russia, and served as a consultant on a few Hollywood films with Russian themes, including "Resurrection" and "Love" (1927). In one film Ilya Tolstoy even appeared briefly playing the role of his own father Leo Tolstoy. He died in poverty in a New York hospital in 1933. Ilya Lvovich Tolstoy's children were: Anna (1888- ), Mikhail (1893-1919), Andrei (1895-1920), Ilya Jr. (1896- ), and Vera (1898- ).
Prof Steven P Hill, Russian & Cinema, University of Illinois (USA).

-   'Sofia Nikolaevna Filosofova' (1888 - 1918) (divorced); 5 children

-   'Nadezhda Klimentevna Katulskaya' (1919 - 1933) (his death)

-   Brother of 'Alexandra Tolstoy (I)' (qv).

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  1. Resurrection (1927)


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  1. Resurrection (1927) (advisor: literary) (as Count Ilya Tolstoy)