Nina van Pallandt

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Nina, Baroness van Pallandt
Nina van Pallandt 1970.jpg
Nina van Pallandt in 1970
BornNina Magdelene Møller
(1932-07-15) 15 July 1932 (age 86)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1958–1988

Nina, Baroness van Pallandt, born Nina Magdelena Møller on 15 July 1932, is a Danish singer and actress.

Personal life[edit]

Nina and Frederik van Pallandt in Amsterdam (1967)

On 11 August 1955 she married Hugo Wessel (18 March 1930 – 22 February 2012), the son of Denise Orme and Theodore W. "Tito" Wessel (a Danish millionaire and one-time Danish chargé d'affaires in Chile.)

On 21 September 1960, she married Frederik, Baron van Pallandt. They formed a singing duo, Nina & Frederik, and achieved worldwide popularity with their calypso-style songs. They had three children :[1]

  • Floris Nicolas Ali, Baron van Pallandt (10 June 1961 – 13 October 2006[2]), a film writer, director and painter.
  • Kirsa Eleonore Clara, Baroness van Pallandt (born 9 August 1963)
  • Ana Maria Else, Baroness van Pallandt (born 30 October 1965)

The couple parted in 1969 and divorced in 1975.[3] In the early 1990s, Frederik van Pallandt settled in the Philippines where he and his Filipino girlfriend, Susannah, were shot dead in 1994.[4]

In the early 1970s, van Pallandt was romantically linked to Clifford Irving.[5] In the 2006 film, The Hoax, about Irving's fake autobiography of Howard Hughes, Van Pallandt is portrayed by Julie Delpy.

She was also married briefly to Robert Kirby, a South African satirist in the 1970s.[6]

Media appearances[edit]

Van Pallandt appeared with Richard Gere in American Gigolo. She also appeared in several Robert Altman films during the 1970s, including The Long Goodbye, A Wedding, and Quintet. In 1969, she sang John Barry and Hal David's song "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring George Lazenby. During 1969 and the early 1970s she appeared as a guest on several episodes of The Morecambe & Wise Show for BBC television, and in the later 1988 Tales of the Unexpected episode "A Time to Die".


  1. ^ "Descendants of Baron Jacob Adolph van Pallandt (4 generations)". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008.. Retrieved on 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Nicolas van Pallandt. Retrieved on 28 October 2013.
  3. ^ Biography for Nina van Pallandt. IMDb
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 2006, "Drug tsar uses silence in fight to keep villa".
  5. ^ "Enter the Baroness Nina". LIFE. Time, Inc. (11 February 1972): 30–39. 1972. ISSN 0024-3019.
  6. ^ Obituary: Robert Kirby. Guardian. 27 March 2007.

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