The Anastasia of the title refers to Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, daughter of Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra, who were assassinated by the Bolsheviks in 1918 along with their entire family. Between 1920 and 1922 several women falsely claimed to be the princess. The most famous of these was Anna Anderson, who was the subject of the award-winning movie "Anastasia," which won a 1956 Oscar for its star, Ingrid Bergman, See more
I was born in Elgin, Texas. My daddy taught himself the carpenter trade, do it for the black folk there. I tell you, anything that man put his hand to - table, chair, wedding chest - he'd make that wood sing. Now one day, a man, Mr. T.O. Purcell, come around. He a white man. Own his own store, stable, hotel. He say to my daddy, "I hears you the finest carpenter in Elgin." My daddy tell him, "Well, I can't say one way or the other, but, uh, I knows a bit about somethin'." So Mr. T.O. Purcell ...