Nena von Schlebrügge

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Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge

Also Known As: "Nena"
Birthplace: Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Baron Friedrich Karl Johannes von Schlebrügge and Birgit Olga von Schlebrügge
Wife of Private
Ex-wife of Timothy Leary
Mother of Uma Thurman; Private; Private and Private
Sister of Björn "The Baron" von Schlebrügge and Private User

Occupation: Fashion model in the 1950s and 1960s; currently a psychotherapist
Managed by: Taya T Thurman
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About Nena von Schlebrügge

She is a former fashion model in the 1950s and 1960s and is now a psychotherapist. She is the mother of actress Uma Thurman.

She was born in Mexico City in 1941, the daughter of a Swedish mother, Birgit Holmquist, and a German father, Friedrich Karl Johannes, Baron von Schlebrügge. Her mother served as the model for a 1930 statue of a nude woman that overlooks the harbor of Smygehuk in Sweden.

She married LSD guru Timothy Leary in 1964. They were married in Millbrook, New York, at the Hitchcock house where Leary had been carrying on his hallucinogenic experiments. Present at the wedding was Monte Rock III (hairdresser & singer at Trudy Heller's), Nena's brother Bjorn (also known as the "Baron"), Nick Proferes, Jim Desmond, Charles Mingus, D.A. Pennebaker (who documented the event in his short film You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You), scores of models, and more.

Von Schlebrügge divorced Leary in 1965. In 1967, she married Tibetan-Buddhist scholar, Dr. Robert Thurman. Uma Thurman, born in 1970, was the second of their four children.

On her father's side she had an older half sister, who was the paternal grandmother of Swedish football player Max von Schlebrügge.

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Nena von Schlebrügge's Timeline

January 8, 1941
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
April 29, 1970
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States