Annemarie SELINKO (aka Selinko-Kristiansen) Born: Sep 1, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. Died: Jul 28, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark + Erling KRISTIANSEN Married: 1938 occupation: Ambassador of Denmark in 1977 *geni
Annemarie Selinko finished school in 1932. At the University of Vienna she was registered as a student in history only in winter term 1932/33; in 1933 she was registered as a student in the Max Reinhardts actors school. Around this period, she started her career as a journalist and writer. It seems that her father Felix lived in rather modest conditions (I recommend the lecture of Annemarie's novels!). Maybe she gave up her studies, because she had to earn money. In 1938 she married Erling Kristiansen (a student at that time) and left Austria (together with her mother Grete Birnbaum-Selinko) for Denmark. Annemarie's grandmother Ida Wolf fled to Brno, Moravia, Czech; from there she was deported to Terezín (Theresienstadt), Bohemia, Czech concentration camp where she died in 1943 *3 images above (except face close-up) provided by William (Bill) Turnbull, son ofGisela "Gisi" Rusznyak (skating Left= Annemarie & her governess, Right= Gisi), student and close friend of Annemarie, with whom she corresponded periodically, until Annemarie's passing
Annemarie Selinko (Estate) Denmark
Annemarie Selinko was born in Vienna in 1914. She studied history at the University of Vienna and became a political writer and correspondent. On an assingment to Geneva she met a Danish student, Erling Kristiansen, whom she later married in 1938. When the Second World War broke out, Selinko was living in Denmark, and she and her husband escaped the Gestapo by sailing to Sweden in a fishing boat. While in Sweden she began collecting material for her bestseller Désirée which was published in 1953.
The book was since published into 25 languages and sold twenty million copies world wide. It was also made into a successful film with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.
Selinko died in 1986.
Désirée All the passions and intrigues of Bonapart's court are seen through the eyes of the merchant's daughter from Marseilles, a young woman who became Napoleon's financée and, ultimately, the Queen of Sweeden.