Vera Komissarzhevskaya was born on November 8, 1864 in St. Petersburg. Her father was an actor of the Mariinsky Opera Theater and music teacher. And her mother was the daughter of the commander of the Preobrazhensky Regiment. Her parents secretly married in Tsarskoye Selo. Vera had two sisters Nadia and Olga.
Komissarzhevskaya wanted to become a doctor or an actress, as she liked to watch her father rehearsing roles.
Many famous actors, singers and composers visited the Komissarzhevskys. Little Vera often took part at home performances, she sang and acted. The girl had an excellent memory memorizing verses from the first reading.
Her parents divorced and the only way out of the difficult financial situation was her successful marriage.