Florence Meyer

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Florence Meyer Homolka
Born Florence Meyer
(1911-01-22)January 22, 1911
New York City, U.S.
Died November 27, 1962(1962-11-27) (aged 51)
Los Angeles, U.S.
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Occupation Portrait photographer and socialite
Spouse(s) Oskar Homolka
Children Two sons, Vincent and Laurence
Parent(s) Eugene Meyer and Agnes Elizabeth Ernst
Relatives Katharine Graham (sister)

Florence Meyer Homolka (January 22, 1911 – November 27, 1962) was an American portrait photographer and socialite. She was the wife of the actor Oskar Homolka.

Early life[edit]

She was born Florence Meyer in New York City, the eldest daughter of Eugene Meyer (1875–1959), publisher of the Washington Post, and Agnes Elizabeth (Ernst) Meyer (1887–1970). Her younger sister was the future Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Lutheran, from a family of German descent.[1][2][3]

She studied dance and acting in Paris and Berlin.


She photographed numerous artists, playwrights, actors, writers, composers, musicians, statesmen, film stars, and other celebrities of her day. Her work included portraits of James Agee, Thomas Mann, Constantin Brâncuși, Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Vladimir Horowitz, Lion Feuchtwanger and of fellow photographers Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, and Brassaï.[4]

Meyer was a close friend and protégé of Man Ray, and in 1946 took the photographs for the double wedding portraits of Man Ray and Juliet Browner, and Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. Meyer was the author of "Focus on Art", published posthumously in 1963.

Personal life[edit]

In 1939, Meyer married the Austrian character actor Oskar Homolka (1898–1978). They had two sons, Vincent and Laurence, and later divorced.

The Homolkas moved to Los Angeles around 1943, and lived at 10788 Bellagio Road in Bel-Air and 914 Corsica Drive in Pacific Palisades.

She died in Los Angeles in 1962. Her body was cremated.


External links[edit]

  • [2] Getty Museum biography