Nena von Schlebrügge

Nena von Schlebrügge

Born Jan 8, 1941

Birgitte Caroline "Nena" von Schlebrügge is a German Mexican former fashion model of the 1950s and 1960s and is now the managing director of Menla Mountain Retreat. She was born in Mexico City in 1941, the daughter of a Swedish mother, Birgit Holmquist, and a German father, Friedrich Karl Johannes von Schlebrügge. Her maternal grandmother's parents were German and Danish.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Nena von Schlebrügge.


1941 Birth Born in 1941.


1955 14 Years Old In 1955 at the age of 14, Nena was discovered by Vogue (magazine) photographer Norman Parkinson when he was on a tour in Stockholm, Sweden.
1957 16 Years Old In 1957 Nena moved to London, England to pursue a career in high fashion modelling. … Read More
1958 17 Years Old In the snow storm of March 1958, at the age of 17 She arrived in New York City on the Queen Mary. … Read More


1964 23 Years Old She married Doctor Timothy Leary in 1964. D.A. Pennebaker documented the event in his short film You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You. The marriage lasted only a year before Von Schlebrügge divorced Leary in 1965.
1967 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, she married Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scholar, and ex-monk Robert Thurman. … Read More
1970 29 Years Old In 1970 Robert and Nena's second child, Uma Thurman was born.


1987 46 Years Old From 1987 to 1989 Nena was the program director at the New York Open Center, and from 1991 to 2002 was the managing director of Tibet House US, where she oversaw the construction of Tibet House, the educational programming, and with Philip Glass initiated the annual benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, as well as the annual benefit auction at Christie's. … Read More
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