Thursday, July 19, 2012

Moltke takes spotlight in Dark Shadows promo story

Alexandra Moltke In New ABC Series
The Dally Reporter, June 23, 1966

Alexandra Moltke, pretty young star of ABC-TV's new romantic suspense series, "Dark Shadows," (premiering Monday, from 3-3:30 p.m., Channel 5), made her acting debut at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts tilting slightly to the left, and with one arm stiffly extended. She was an airplane wing.

Before she graduated in 1965, however, her roles became somewhat more animated. She played featured roles in "The Reluctant Debutante" and "I Remember Mama," drifted languidly as Alexandra In "The Swan," and died the death of Desdemona in "Othello."

Her current role in "Dark Shadows," in which she plays governess Victoria Winters, comes less than a year after a stock tour with Eve Arden in Beekman Place."

By her own admission, Miss Moltke has been play - acting all her life, which began at the end of World War II in Stockholm, Sweden. Three months later, snugly ensconced in a laundry basket and transported via a United States bomber, she arrived with her parents in New York, where the family settled. Her father is Carl Adam Moltke, Special Assistant to the Ambassador from Denmark and her mother is the former Mab Wilson, formerly an editor at Vogue Magazine.

Miss Moltke has spent several summers in her father's native Denmark and in Ireland, her mother's favorite country outside the United States. The rented house in Ireland, surrounded by moors and overlooked by Mount Erigal, inadvertently prepared Alexandra for her involvement in "Dark Shadows," which has as its principal focal point a mysterious and brooding mansion surrounded by correspondingly somber countryside.

Prior to her enrollment at the Academy, with which ABC has a working arrangement to help develop young acting and directing talent for radio and television, Miss Moltke attended the Chapin School in New York. Her acting career at the all - girls school was launched with her portrayal of Joseph in a Christmas play and as the chief inquisitor in a production of St. Joan.

The actress, who lives in Manhattan with her parents, her sister, Vicky,. 20, and a Norfolk Terrier named "Whimsey," is now devoting part of her off - stage time to writing and illustrating a children's novel.

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