Author, Stateswoman. She published numerous works in her native land and in France. Born into wealth, she was well educated at her family estate and in Paris, where Victor Hugo was an early influence. Her first published work was "Chants d'Aurore" (1886), a book of poems about the Russo-Turkish war. In 1888 she met Queen Elisabeth of Romania, who essentially treated her as a substitute for a daughter lost to illness. Having no heirs, King Carol I adopted his nephew, Ferdinand of Hohenzollern, in 1889; a romance between Elena and Ferdinand developed, which the Queen encouraged. However, the 1866 constitution made it unlawful for the heir to the throne to marry a Romanian; the Queen was exiled for two years, and Elena was banished to Paris for life. In France her literary career flourished. Over the years she authored two novels, "Amor Vincit" (1908) and "Le Sortilege" (1914), as well as five volumes of poetry, three of Romanian folklore, two memoirs, and two plays. She was twice laureate of the Academie Francaise. Vacarescu served as sustitute delegate to the League of Nations between 1922 and 1924, and from 1926 to 1938; she was permanent delegate in 1924 and 1925, and was the only woman in the history of the League to hold the rank of Ambassador. Shortly before her death, she was a Romanian delegate to the Paris Peace Conference, which ended World War II.
Bio by: Bob Hufford