Olga Woronoff, née Kleinmichel, was born in Potchep, Russia, the daughter of Countess Marie Kleinmichel, a famous society hostess, and her husband Count Constantine. Olga was presented at Court, where she was as a maid of honor to the Dowager Empress Marie and met her future husband Paul Woronoff, a lieutenant commander in the Imperial Russian Navy who served as an officer on the Tsar's yacht, Standart. In 1914, she married Woronoff at Feodorovsky Cathedral at the Tsar's home of Tsarskoe Selo. with the Imperial couple in attendance. She and her husband, who fought with the White Army following the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, escaped on an English steamship to Constantinople and then went to Paris, where their daughter Tatiana was born. They were joined in Paris by Olga’s mother and three sisters. The family later emigrated to the USA and then to Australia. Olga Woronoff wrote a memoir, Upheaval, published in 1932.