Uma’s mother, the giraffe-necked beauty, Nena von Schlebrügge, was one of THE great models of the late ’50s and early ’60s, having been discovered at age 14 by famed photographer Norman Parkinson when he was on a tour in Stockholm, Sweden.
She was born Birgitte Caroline ‘Nena’ von Schlebrügge 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 was a fashion model in the 1950s and 1960s and is now a psychotherapist.
She married LSD guru Timothy Leary in 1964 and they were married in Millbrook, New York at the Hitchcock house where Leary had been carrying on his hallucinogenic experiments. Nena divorced Leary in 1965 and in 1967 she married ex-monk and Tibetan-Buddhist scholar, Dr. Robert Thurman. Actress and model, Uma Thurman born in 1970, was the first of their four children. (via Flickr)
Her look was always one of simple but impeccably put-together elegance, as you can see from the selection of photos below. Gasp with me as we look at them and marvel at the incredible gene pool which spawned Uma Thurman.