Annemarie Selinko

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Annemarie Selinko
Born 1 September 1914
Vienna, Austria
Died 28 July 1986(1986-07-28) (aged 71)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Resting place Hellerup Cemetery
Occupation Writer
Notable works Désiré

Annemarie Selinko (1 September 1914 – 28 July 1986) was an Austrian novelist who wrote a number of best-selling books in German from the 1930s through the 1950s. Although she had been based in Germany, in 1939 at the start of World War II she took refuge in Denmark with her Danish husband, but then in 1943, they again became refugees, this time to Sweden.[1][2]

Many of her novels have been adapted into movies and all have been translated into numerous languages. Her last work Désirée (1951) was about Désirée Clary, the one-time fiancée of Napoleon Bonaparte and later Queen of Sweden and Norway. It is dedicated to her sister Liselotte, who was murdered by the Nazis. Translated into 25 languages, in 1954 it was turned into a major Hollywood movie starring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.



  • Ich war ein häßliches Mädchen (I Was an Ugly Girl), Vienna: Kirschner Verlag, 1937; made into a film, West Germany, 1955.
  • Morgen wird alles besser (Tomorrow is Always Better), 1941; made into a film, 'Morgen gaat het beter, Netherlands, 1939
  • Heute heiratet mein Mann (My Husband Marries Today), 1943; made into a film, West Germany, 1956.
  • Désirée, 1952; made into a film, U.S., 1954.


  1. ^ "Désirée (the novel by Annemarie Selinko)". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  2. ^ " : Anne-Marie Selinko". Retrieved 2014-06-01.