|DAME FLORA ROBSON as THE DOWAGER EMPRESS TZU HSI in
55 DAYS AT PEKING
|Repaint by Juan Albuerne
Jewelry by Patty Allegro Blue
|This was the doll I used for Flora Robson, a Princess Of China by Mattel Inc. trademark|
|Tzu Hsi (pronounced Tsoo Shee) was born on November 29, 1835. Her clan name was Yehonala. Her beauty and charm attracted the attention, and at the age of sixteen she was choosen to be one of the concubines of Emperor Hsien Feng.
Although Emperor had many concubines, only Yehonala gave birth to a surviving son, but though she was raised in rank to first-grade concubine, she had not won the Emperor's affection, cause he was in love with another consort, Li Fei, who would mysteriously disappear after Tzu Hsi became Empress, never to be heard from again.
Hsien Feng died in 1861at the age of 30, and Tzu Hsi's five year old son, became Emperor. At this time, Yehonala took the name Tzu Hsi, meaning "Kindly and Virtuous", though in later years she would be nicknamed The Old Buddha, and she ruled as Empress regent.
She died on November 15, 1908, at the age of 73. She was buried in splendor, covered in gems. In 1928 revolutionaries dynamited open Tzy Hsi's tomb, looted it and desecrated her body.
She was called The Dragon Empress.