Sisi is coming to a small screen near you this summer. Netflix is making a six-part series about the life of Empress Elisabeth. Will they, we wonder, include her travels around Europe, the Mediterranean, Ireland and England?
Will they introduce us to Bay Middleton, Count Kinsky, Prince Rudi Lichtenstein and Earl Spencer?
As the Mailonline reported: Tragic Empress getting ‘The Crown’ treatment: Story of Sissi of Austria who lost her first child in infancy, her second in a murder-suicide and her sister in a fire before being murdered is to be brought to life in a new Netflix drama
New Netflix show The Empress to follow in footsteps of The Crown as royal drama
Six part series will document the life of Sissi, born Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria
Royal married Emperor of Austria-Hungary when she was just sixteen-years-old
Domineering mother-in-law Princess Sophie made Sissi’s life incredibly difficult
Meanwhile brother-in-law becomes enamoured with both Sissi and the throne
By Harriet Johnston For Mailonline
Published: 09:56, 12 April 2021 | Updated: 10:06, 12 April 2021
An Austrian Empress who lost her first child in infancy, her second in a murder-suicide and her sister to an accidental fire before being assassinated by an Italian anarchist has become the inspiration for a new Netflix series.
The Empress will chart the life of the Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria, known as Sissi, who was the Empress of Austria for the latter half of the 19th century after marrying Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary as a teenager.
Starring German actress Devrim Lingnau in the main role, the six-part series will delve into the royal’s devastating life – from her controlling mother-in-law, the tragic deaths of her loved ones to her murder in 1898, with an anarchist stabbing her in her heart.
It will also show how fitness fanatic Sissi was obsessed with her looks, having been dubbed the ‘loveliest woman in Europe’ at the age of 38. She performed 20 pull-ups every morning, before being laced into corsets to achieve a 19-inch waist and spent her days horse riding or hiking.
As well as her veal face-mask, Sisi bathed in goats’ milk, reduced stomach bloating by drinking five salted egg whites, and washed her admired locks in eggs and cognac.
Against the backdrop of jealousy, intrigue and power struggles behind the scenes of the Habsburg court, the makers of the historical drama, which will air next June, no doubt hope the series will be as successful as The Crown.
Sissi was made the Empress of Austria for the latter half of the 19th century after marrying Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary as a teenager (pictured, with Franz Joseph)
Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary by marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I, was born into the royal Bavarian House of Wittelsbach.
Nicknamed Sisi (also Sissi), she enjoyed an informal upbringing before marrying Emperor Franz Joseph I at the age of sixteen.Tags: Devrim Lingnau, Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria, Empress of Austria, Netflix, Netflix Franz Joseph, Sisi on TV, Sissi, Sissi on TV, The Crown