Edith Louise (Rosenbaum) Russell (June 12, 1879 – April 4, 1975) was an American fashion buyer, stylist and correspondent for Women's Wear Daily, best remembered for surviving the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic in a strange way.

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Edith was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, into the wealthy Jewish family, with her father being Harry Rosenbaum. Her fashion career began 1908, when she moved to Paris to become a saleswoman for the haute couture house of Chéruit in the Place Vendôme. She was also involved in the car accident in 1911 when her fiance Ludwig Loewe perished. The accident caused her a slight memory loss, but no significant injuries.

During the sinking, she was noticed by Joseph B. Ismay and admonished for not joining the lifeboat yet. He directed her down the stairwell where one of the boats was being loaded. Better say overloaded since it was the Lifeboat 11, a boat being lowered with five people more than it's total capacity. She had a toy pig-music box, which, when wound up, played "The Maxixe". She concealed herself behind her coat, being afraid to join the boat. However, a crew member, thinking that the toy was a living pet, tossed it in, with Edith leaping after it in the boat. Then, she played her music box to calm down the frightened children.

Despite retiring in 1937, Edith still continued her travelling. She became a regular TV guest mostly on BBC-1 and BBC-2. Her story became widely known in the press at the time and was later included in the best-selling account of the disaster A Night to Remember by Walter Lord.

Edith Rosenbaum Russell died at the Mary Abbott Hospital in London on April 4, 1975 at the age of 95.[37] Most of Edith's belongings were dispersed piecemeal among relatives and friends, including Walter Lord who inherited her legendary pig. On Lord's death in 2002, the toy was bequeathed to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, which also received the floral-printed boudoir slippers Edith had worn when she boarded Lifeboat 11.