Alexandra Isles

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Alexandra Isles
Born
Alexandra Grevina von Moltke

(1946-02-11) February 11, 1946 (age 76)
Uppsala, Sweden
Occupation(s)Actress; documentary filmmaker
Spouse(s)
Philip Henry Isles
(m. 1967; div. 1976)

(m. 1991; died 2014)
Children1; Adam Isles
Parent(s)Mab Wilson Moltke
Carl Moltke

Alexandra Isles (née Alexandra Cornelia Moltke; born February 11, 1946) is a documentary filmmaker and former actress. She is best-known for her role as the original Victoria Winters from 1966 to 1968 on the gothic TV serial Dark Shadows.

Background[edit]

Alexandra Cornelia Moltke was born in Uppsala, Sweden on February 11, 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 Moltke was a permanent member of the Danish Mission to the United Nations, and Countess Moltke was an editor at Vogue.[1][citation needed]

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.[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][4] 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); and 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 at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.[5][6] She left Dark Shadows in 1968 due to pregnancy. In 1969, she gave birth to a son, Adam.[citation needed]

She was the mistress of Claus von Bulow and testified at his 1982 and 1985 trials for the murder of his wife, Sunny von Bülow.[7][8][9]

In 1985 she began work at the Museum of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media), and became an Assistant Curator, working on exhibitions and screening series on the arts and children's programming. In 1991, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she produced and directed Scandalize My Name, Stories from the Blacklist, introduced by Morgan Freeman and featuring Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis and Rosetta Le Noire. That same year she married a physician, Dr. Alfred Jaretzki III.[4][1][citation needed]

Her subsequent documentary films were The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews; Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust; The Healing Gardens of New York; Hidden Treasures: Stories from a Great Museum; and Harry's Gift: A New York Story.[4][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alexandra Isles - About". alexandraisles.com. Alexandra Isles. Archived from the original on 26 November 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  2. ^ Alexandra Isles at IMDb
  3. ^ a b Glimmerglass Film Days Guest Speakers 2015: "ALEXANDRA MOLTKE ISLES" retrieved July 30, 2016
  4. ^ a b c "Alexandra Isles Films". alexandraisles.com. Alexandra Isles. Archived from the original on 26 November 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Philip H. Isles Becomes Fiance Of Miss Moltke". The New York Times. July 11, 1967. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  6. ^ Hamrick, Craig (25 April 2012). Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows. p. 261. ISBN 9781475910322.
  7. ^ Associated Press. "Claus von Bulow, socialite cleared in attempted murder of wife, dies at 92". nbcnews.com. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on 27 July 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Excerpts From Alexandra Isles' Testimony With AM-Von Bulow, Bjt". apnews.com. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 26 November 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  9. ^ "Alexandra Isles, the former mistress of Claus von Bulow..." upi.com. United Press International. Retrieved 26 November 2022.

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