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Charlotte Stern Venturini aka Lottie Yorska (1888 - October 18, 1971) was born in New York City where her father, Edward Otto Stern, born in Mitau, Russia, and a naturalized American, was Russian Vice-Consul and a great financier. While Vice-Consul, Stern married Philomene Mathilde Druilhet (1855-1924), daughter of Jules Antoine Druilhet (born 1825) and Emma Anna Alexandrine Hemmingsol (born 1835), of New Orleans. Miss Charlotte Stern's maternal great-grandfather was proprietor of St. James Parish, New Orleans. At the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, her maternal grandfather, Jules Antoine Druilhet, better known as Captain Druilhet, was the youngest captain of the Louisiana volunteers. He equipped a regiment of St James Parish at his own expense and was under orders of Jones, Jefferson and Beauregard. Philomene Mathilde Druilhet was an accomplished pianist, and her salon was for many years the musical center of New Orleans. Left a widow a few years after her marriage, she left America and went to live in Belgium where her home was the center of the best artists of the country. Surrounded by such associations during her childhood, Charlotte Stern Stern early developed artistic tastes which eventually became the ruling passion of her youth.

In her thirteenth year she was sent to the Mademoiselles Brossel’s school at Brussels, a large white house surrounded by a luxuriant and verdant garden, to which she gave the name of Les Champs-Elysees in affectionate commemoration of the four happy years spent in that institution.

Charlotte Stern made her social debut at the Court of Brussels, where she was presented by the United States American Minister, Honorable Bellamy Storer. Stern gave up her social career to enter the Academie Julien to pursue her studies in art.

On November 9, 1903, Charlotte Stern married Count Mario Venturini.

She was a pupil of Sarah Bernhardt and at this latter house she frequented Elisabeth Marbury. She moved to the United States just after the World War I began in Europe and in August 1918 she was signed with the Brunton studios to work under the direction of Matzene, famous photographer.

On October 10, 1924, she arrived at Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina, aboard the ship Gelria, and from there to New York City, where, in 1924, resided at 2 Rector Street, New York.

She returned to work in the theatre in 1927 in Paris with The Emptiness of the Future by Rene Bruyez.

In the late 1920s, in Paris, she was friends with Janet Scudder.


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