Anne Day-Helveg (nee Popper)

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Anna Lydia Day (Popper)

Also Known As: "Anne"
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Death: September 14, 1975 (76)
Ascona, Locarno , Ticino, Switzerland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dr. Jur. Simon Siegmund Carl Popper and Jenny Popper (Schiff)
Wife of Fred Lothringer; unknown Helveg and unknown Grüner
Sister of Dora (Dorothea) Emilie Popper and Sir Karl Raimund Popper

Occupation: Austrian dancer, dance teacher, and romance writer
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About Anne Day-Helveg (nee Popper)

Birth record:,344618001,345065701

Birth record

Anne Day-Helveg (12 November 1898 – 14 September 1975) was an Austrian dancer, dance teacher, and romance writer. One of her novels was made into a film titled Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald (Liane, Jungle Goddess). Her younger brother was the famous philosopher Karl Raimund Popper.

Early life

Anne Day-Helveg was born in Vienna as Anna Lydia Popper. Her Jewish parents, the lawyer Dr. Simon S. C. Popper (1856-1932) and his wife Jenny Popper (née Schiff, 1864-1936)), converted to Lutheranism two years after she was born. Thus, she became a Lutheran too. She grew up with her older sister Dora (1893-1930) and her younger brother Karl (1902-1994)

Marriage and writing

Day-Helveg married three times. She changed her name several times by marriage (Gruner, Helveg, Lothringer) or by taking pen-names. As a dancer and dance teacher she was known as Annie Helveg during her time in Vienna. As a writer of romantic stories she called herself Anne Day-Helveg or Anne Day.

In 1938, shortly after her mother’s death, she left Austria escaping from the Nazis to France without any money or passport.[3] In 1941, under the name Anna Gruner-Helveg, she was accepted as stateless refugee in Geneva.[4] Her famous brother Karl Popper supported her during war time by sending money through the Red Cross, though he himself lived under financial strains in New Zealand.[5] She became a Swiss citizen after marrying the Swiss writer Fred Lothringer. They lived and worked together in Ascona, the place where she died in 1975.[6]

Anne's only remarkable success was the romance in German language Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald (Liane: The Girl from the Jungle), after having been made a German film in 1956 (Liane, Jungle Goddess). It is about a female Tarzan starring the four-star actors Marion Michael, Hardy Krüger, Irene Galter, and Reggie Nalder. In those years the topless young beauty Marion Michael was a sensation. Soon youth protection organizations discussed the case.


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Anne Day-Helveg (nee Popper)'s Timeline

November 12, 1898
Vienna, Austria
September 14, 1975
Age 76
Ascona, Locarno , Ticino, Switzerland