|Born||Cornelia Alexandra Moltke
February 11, 1947
|Spouse(s)||Philip Henry Isles
(m. 1967; div. 1976)
Alfred Jaretzki III
(m. 1976; his death 2014)
|Parent(s)||Carl Adam Moltke
Mabel Wright Wilson
|Relatives||Carl Moltke (grandfather)|
Alexandra Isles (née Moltke; born February 11, 1947) is a Danish-American actress and award-winning 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.
Alexandra Moltke was born on February 11, 1947 in Uppsala, Sweden, of Danish and American parentage, the elder of two daughters, to Count Carl Adam Nathaniel Thayer Moltke (1908–1989) and Countess Mabel "Mab" Moltke (née Wilson; formerly Wright) (1909–1988). Her father, Count Moltke, was a permanent member of the Danish Mission to the United Nations, and her mother, Countess Moltke, was an editor at Vogue. She has a younger sister, Victoria Moltke.
Her paternal grandparents were Count Carl Moltke (1869–1935) and Cornelia Van Rensselaer Thayer (1881–1960). Through her paternal grandmother, she is descended from the Livingston, Schuyler, Bayard and Van Rensselaer families. She attended the Chapin School in New York.
From 1966–68, she appeared as the original Victoria Winters on the cult TV serial Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC TV from 1966–1971. She left Dark Shadows in 1968 because she was pregnant, giving birth in 1969.
In 1985, she began work at the Museum of Television & Radio where she became a curator specializing in arts, drama and children's programming. 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). Her films have been seen at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC), Museum of Modern Art (NY), numerous film festivals including the Human Rights Watch and Margaret Mead Film Festivals, and all have aired on PBS. Further information on her films can be found at http://www.alexandraisles.com
- Adam Isles (b. 1969)
Claus von Bülow
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. She was played by Julie Hagerty in Reversal of Fortune, a film dramatizing the incident.
- Alexandra Isles on Internet Movie Database
- Vanity Fair: "Fatal Charm: The Social Web of Claus von Bülow" BY Dominick Dunne August 1985
- Glimmerglass Film Days Guest Speakers 2015: "ALEXANDRA MOLTKE ISLES" retrieved July 30, 2016
- New York Times: "Philip H. Isles Becomes Fiance Of Miss Moltke"
- Hamrick, Craig. Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows. p. 261.
- Hamrick, Craig; Jamison, R.J. (2012). Barnabas and Company: The Cast of the Tv Classic Dark Shadows. iUniverse. ISBN 1475910320. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- "ALFRED JARETZKI's Obituary by New York Times". Legacy.com. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- New York Times: "KEY WITNESS ASSERTS VON BULOW TOLD HER ABOUT DAY OF COMA" By JONATHAN FRIENDLY May 29, 1985
- New York Times: "KEY WITNESS BACK IN SOCIALITE TRIAL" May 28, 1985
- New York Times: "KEY WITNESS AGAINST VON BULOW OUT OF COUNTRY" By JONATHAN FRIENDLY April 11, 1985
- "Alexandra Isles during testimony: 'Other woman' trial witness". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. February 19, 1982. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- Los Angeles Times: "Ex-Mistress Arrives Day Before Deadline Set by Court : Von Bulow Case Witness Returns to U.S." May 28, 1985