Minnie (Miene) Marx

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Minnie (Miene) Marx (Schönberg)

Also Known As: "Minnie Marx"
Birthplace: Dornum, Niedersachsen, Deutschland
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Levy Schönberg Funk and Fanny Sophie Salomons
Wife of Samuel "Frenchie" Marx
Mother of Leonard "Chico" Marx; Manfred Marx; Julius "Groucho" Marx; Milton "Gummo" Marx; Herbert "Zeppo" Marx and 1 other
Sister of Al Shean and Emile Emanuel Schoenberg

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About Minnie (Miene) Marx

Minnie Marx (born Miene Schönberg) was the mother and manager of the Marx Brothers, wife of Sam Marx, and the sister of vaudeville star Al Shean. While managing the Marx Brothers, she also went by the name of Minnie Palmer so that booking agents would not know that the agent representing the Marx Brothers was actually their mother. She played the harp as did her son, Harpo Marx.

Marx and some of her sons appear briefly as characters in Glen David Gold's novel Carter Beats the Devil; the narrative identifies her as Minnie Palmer, and only gradually offers clues that the struggling vaudeville act traveling with her are the later-famous Marx Brothers. Minnie Marx (played by Shelley Winters) was also the main character in the Broadway musical Minnie's Boys.

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Minnie (Miene) Marx's Timeline

November 9, 1864
Dornum, Niedersachsen, Deutschland
Age 20
March 22, 1887
Age 22
New York, NY, USA
November 23, 1888
Age 24
New York, NY, USA
October 2, 1890
Age 25
New York, NY, USA
October 23, 1893
Age 28
New York, NY, USA
February 25, 1901
Age 36
New York, NY, USA
September 13, 1929
Age 64