Lupescu, Magda (mägˈdä lōpĕˈskō) [key], 1896?–1977, wife of Carol II of Romania. Her given name was Elena. Carol renounced (1925) his succession to the throne for her, but after becoming king (1930) he installed her as his official mistress. She was accused of exerting a corrupting influence on Romanian politics; part of her unpopularity was due to her Jewish origin. Lupescu shared Carol's exile from 1940 and was married (1947) to him in Brazil, becoming Princess Elena. After his death (1953) she lived in Portugal and in France.
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