This site presents information about and images of the great English  film actor George Sanders.  At least everyone thought he was English.  As George himself put it on page 151 of his book, “Memoirs of a Professional Cad”  (New York : Putnam, 1960), he was “a somewhat hybrid Englishman”.   
In actuality he was Russian.   His mother’s family came to Estonia from Scotland in the early seventeenth century and were wealthy with a solid social position. George’s father, Henry, was thought to have been orphaned at an early age. Henry’s father was believed to have been a Paul Sanders born in London. As is told in the authorized biography of George, “George Sanders: An Exhausted Life” (Lanham, New York, London : Madison Books, 1990) by Richard VanDerBeets, “Recent disclosures, however, indicate that Henry Sanders was illegitimately born to a Russian noblewoman of the Czar’s court on October 20, 1868, that his real father was ‘a prince of the house of Oldenburg’  married to a sister of the Czar. At the time of Henry’s birth, there was an Angl0-Russian family living in St. Petersburg named Sanders whose mother Dagmar, was a lady-in-waiting to the Dowager Empress, and by means of this court connection Henry was placed in the care of the Sanders family who, although comfortably well-off, were also given substantial funds for his keep and education.  ‘Only in recent years, and through a chance remark,’ Maragaret  [George’s sister] reports, ‘did the truth of our father’s background eventually come to light’.

The complete story was confirmed to her by Mara Sanders, the youngest daughter and last surviving member of the Anglo-Russian Sanders family, who ‘gradually came to the conclusion that since all concerned were now no longer alive, she no longer need keep the secret’. ” (page 4)

This information came to light after George’s death so he never knew he had no English ancestry.

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    Oct 24, 2012 @ 16:54:24

    I just wanted to congratulate you for this wonderful blog… it’s almost too much for sords ! I’m crazy about George Sanders ever since I saw him in “All About Eve” when I was 14. He’s so handsome, moving and talented ! I cherish the biography I have about him by Richard Vanderbeets, and I can’t hear him sing without nearly faint 😀 So thanks again, all your pictures and messages are just great, I’m so glad other people have also George in their heart 🙂


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      So glad you are enjoying my blog to the Glorious George. He was everything all men should be and so few are. There are a number of us fanatical George fans around the world. We are lucky.
      He is the most talented, brillant, and handsome man ever and we are blessed that we can enjoy his movies even today.
      I fell for George in his 1940 Saint movies. George would be appalled because he described the Saint as “ridiculous and implausible”. Perhaps so, but no one was ever more handsome and desirable.


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  29. Linda Dies
    Aug 06, 2015 @ 19:10:45

    I really enjoy this site! 20 years ago I discovered George Sander’s films. He died a year before I was born and unfortunately most people of my generation do not know who he was. I’m so glad to see all that has been added to the internet over the years about him. Just yesterday I watched on YouTube George present Kim Hunter’s Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Seems as though Mr. Sanders took his talent for granted. He probably wouldn’t have believed that this many years later he continues to make people happy. Thank you for your dedication.


    • Judy Robinson
      Sep 05, 2015 @ 16:07:31

      Hi Linda! Thanks for your comment. I am dedicated to George Sanders and do all I can to publicize him. He was indeed brilliant and a man with many talents. As I often say “There is not now. nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, a man as brilliant, talented, handsome, sexy, and desirable as George Henry Sanders”. I am a member of a group of women from several different countries who are devoted to George.


  30. Michael Jaffé
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 13:17:42

    Hi Judy – a newcomer to your pages but hope my info is of interest. The dapper Mr George Sanders; Most Handsome Man etc… may I humbly offer Mr. Sanders’ supporting cast member who played the Embassy official “Stengler” in “The Saint in London” as worthy of consideration too? – why? – because he was my Grandfather; the prolific Jewish-German performer; Carl Heinz Jaffé. I have 2 rare PR film stills from my private collection can happily share with you if you re interested to post; just let me know… best wishes; Michael Jaffé; London England.


  31. Michael Jaffé
    Sep 05, 2015 @ 17:10:16

    Hi Judy
    Many thanks for your kind comments and have just sent you a note with some pix you may happily post as you wish… proud that Grandfather worked with “Gorgeous George” and if I come across other material I will let you know… many thanks again
    warm wishes
    Michael Jaffé


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