Alexandra Isles

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Alexandra Isles
Alexandra Moltke

(1946-02-11) February 11, 1946 (age 74)
Uppsala, Sweden
Occupationdocumentary filmmaker
Philip Henry Isles
(m. 1967; div. 1976)

(died 2014)
Children1; Adam Isles
Parent(s)Mab Wilson Moltke
Carl Moltke

Alexandra Isles (née Moltke; born February 11, 1946) is a former actress and a documentary filmmaker. She appeared as the original Victoria Winters from 1966–68 on the TV serial Dark Shadows.


Moltke was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1946, of Danish and American parentage, the elder of two daughters, to Count Carl Adam Moltke, son of Count Carl Moltke, and Countess Mab Moltke (née Wilson; formerly Wright). Count Carl Adam Moltke was a permanent member of the Danish Mission to the United Nations, and Countess Moltke was an editor at Vogue. Through her American grandmother, Cornelia Van Rensselaer Thayer, Alexandra and her younger sister, Victoria, are descended from the Livingston, Schuyler, Bayard and Van Rensselaer families.[1] She attended the Chapin School in New York.[2]


In 1985, she began work at the Museum of Television & Radio where she became a curator specializing in arts, drama and children's programming.[3] In 1991, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities launched her on a career as a producer and director of the award-winning documentaries The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews (1995); Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (1999); Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust (2002); The Healing Gardens of New York (2006); Hidden Treasures: Stories from a Great Museum (2011).[3] Her films have been seen at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC), Museum of Modern Art (NY), and numerous film festivals including the Human Rights Watch and Margaret Mead Film Festivals, and all have aired on PBS. Currently she works at the Metropolitan Museum as a Volunteer Educator.

Personal life[edit]

In 1967, she married Philip Henry Isles II of the Lehman banking family[4] at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.[5] She left Dark Shadows in 1968 because she was pregnant. In 1969, she gave birth to a son, Adam.

Isles was the mistress of Danish-British socialite Claus von Bülow who was famously convicted of murdering his wife Sunny von Bülow. Isles testified at von Bülow's trial.[6]


  1. ^ Alexandra Isles on IMDb
  2. ^ Vanity Fair: "Fatal Charm: The Social Web of Claus von Bülow" BY Dominick Dunne August 1985
  3. ^ a b Glimmerglass Film Days Guest Speakers 2015: "ALEXANDRA MOLTKE ISLES" retrieved July 30, 2016
  4. ^ New York Times: "Philip H. Isles Becomes Fiance Of Miss Moltke"
  5. ^ Having been divorced from her husband in 1976, she married, Alfred Jaretzki III, MD in 1991. Hamrick, Craig. Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows. p. 261.
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