Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Romanova is a minor character of Anastasia.
The third daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, Marie was younger sister of Olga and Tatiana, and the older sister of Anastasia and Alexei. She was assassinated during the revolution.
Described as sweet-natured, Marie was often shut out by her older (and taller) sisters. However, her friendly and nurturing personality shone brightest in her close relationship with her younger sister, Anastasia. She often spoke with anticipation of the day she might have children of her own.