Nena von Schlebrügge

Mexican model Nena von Schlebrügge

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.
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    FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    In 1970 Robert and Nena's second child, Uma Thurman was born.
  • 1967
    Age 26
    In 1967, she played a part in the Edie Sedgwick film, Ciao!
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    In 1967, she married Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scholar, and ex-monk Robert Thurman.
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 17
    In the snow storm of March 1958, at the age of 17 She arrived in New York City on the Queen Mary.
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  • 1957
    Age 16
    In 1957 Nena moved to London, England to pursue a career in high fashion modelling.
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  • 1955
    Age 14
    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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Age 0
    Born in 1941.
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