She was Russian. Her name was Elena Ivanovna Diakonova.
She was born in 1894 in Kazan but spent her childhood in Moscow.
Her father died when she was eleven years old. Her mother, who had three more children, then married a lawyer. He loved his wife and her children very much.
Elena was a brilliant student. She completed her studies at the M.G. Brukhonenko academy for young women with a very high average mark.
Unfortunately, she had tuberculosis and in 1912 her family moved her into the Clavadel sanatorium in Switzerland.
In the sanatorium she met a French guy of her age and they fell in love. Both of them were discharged in 1914 and went to their countries but in 1917 they met in Paris and married. The following year their daughter Cecile was born.
Her husband Paul Eluard became a poet and was close to the leading figures of…
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