Alexandra Isles

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Alexandra Isles
Born
Alexandra Moltke

(1945-02-11) February 11, 1945 (age 73)
Uppsala, Sweden
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)
Philip Henry Isles
(m. 1967; div. 1976)
; 1 child
Alfred Jaretzki III
ChildrenAdam Isles
Parent(s)Mabel Wilson Moltke
Carl Moltke

Alexandra Isles (née Moltke; born February 11, 1945) is a former actress and a documentary filmmaker. She appeared as the original Victoria Winters from 1966–68 on the cult TV serial Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC TV from 1966–1971.

Background[edit]

Alexandra Moltke was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1945, of Danish and American parentage, the elder of two daughters, to Count Carl Adam Moltke, son of Count Carl Moltke, and Countess Mabel 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]

Career[edit]

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.

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.

During the early 1980s, she was subpoenaed, and testified, as a witness in the trial of Claus von Bülow for attempted murder of his wife, Sunny. According to newspaper accounts, Moltke and von Bülow had been having an affair.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

References[edit]

  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.
  6. ^ New York Times: "KEY WITNESS ASSERTS VON BULOW TOLD HER ABOUT DAY OF COMA" By JONATHAN FRIENDLY May 29, 1985
  7. ^ New York Times: "KEY WITNESS BACK IN SOCIALITE TRIAL" May 28, 1985
  8. ^ New York Times: "KEY WITNESS AGAINST VON BULOW OUT OF COUNTRY" By JONATHAN FRIENDLY April 11, 1985
  9. ^ "Alexandra Isles during testimony: 'Other woman' trial witness". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. February 19, 1982. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  10. ^ New Yorker Magazine: "A Talk With Alexandra Isles" by Lally Weymouth March 15, 1982
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Ex-Mistress Arrives Day Before Deadline Set by Court : Von Bulow Case Witness Returns to U.S." May 28, 1985
  12. ^ Hamrick, Craig; Jamison, R.J. (2012). Barnabas and Company: The Cast of the Tv Classic Dark Shadows. iUniverse. ISBN 1475910320. Retrieved January 21, 2014.

External links[edit]

http://alexandraisles.com/alexandra.html