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Minnie Marx (Schönberg)

Also Known As: "Minnie Marx"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dornum, Auricher Landkreis, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death: September 13, 1929 (64)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, United States of America
Place of Burial: Glendale, Queens County, New York, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Levy Schönberg Funk and Fanny Sophie Salomon
Wife of Frenchie Marx
Mother of Manfred Marx; Chico Marx; Harpo Marx; Groucho Marx; Gummo Marx and 1 other
Sister of Sara Schönberg; Hannah Schoenberg; Al Shean; Heinemann Schönberg and Emile Emanuel Schoenberg

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About Minnie 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.


"New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CJ-D8CF : 29 November 2018), Samuel Marks and Minnie Schonberg, 18 Jan 1885; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,671,682.

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Minnie Marx's Timeline

1864
November 9, 1864
Dornum, Auricher Landkreis, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
1886
January 1886
New York, New York, United States
1887
March 22, 1887
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, United States of America
1888
November 23, 1888
New York, NY, United States
1890
October 2, 1890
New York, NY, United States
1893
October 23, 1893
New York, NY, United States
1901
February 25, 1901
New York, NY, United States
1905
1905
Age 40
Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
1905
Age 40
Manhattan, New York, New York, United States