Alexandra Moltke
Victoria Winters Clark 1966-1968
 

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"Her name is Victoria. I cannot take care of her…" It was these words, scrawled on a scrap of paper, which provided Victoria Winters with the only link with her past. Abandoned outside a New York foundling home on a cold night, Victoria was named Winters for the season she was left during. Life within the foundling home, both as a resident and later as a worker, has taught Victoria the values of compassion and modesty, which mask a desperate yearning to learn the true identities of her parents, and link her past to her future. When Elizabeth Collins Stoddard makes her curious, unsolicited proposal that Victoria comes to Collinwood to work as governess to David Collins, that the girl realises that her destiny lies in the dark mansion on the crest of Widows' Hill…

Alexandra Moltke was born on 11 February 1945, in Denmark. The daughter of Count Carl Adam Moltke of Denmark, her father had been engaged in much undercover resistance work against the Nazis throughout the Second World War. Learning that their resistance was no longer secret, the Moltke family were forced to flee to the United States. The three-month-old Alexandra was placed in a laundry basket and transported with her parents via a United States Bomber, beginning a new life in New York, where the Moltke family settled. Alexandra spent time during her childhood in Denmark and Ireland, one of her mother's favourite countries. Whilst there, the family stayed in a house surrounded by moors and Mount Erigal, perhaps foreshadowing her role on Dark Shadows.

Following education at the respected Chaplin school, Alexandra then studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, eventually graduating in 1965. During this time, she essayed many roles, including parts in I Remember Mama and The Reluctant Debutant.

Dark Shadows formed Alexandra's first role in front of the camera, and Dan Curtis picked her for the pivotal role of Victoria, claiming that she "was the only innocent looking actress in New York." Sadly, as the show moved towards the supernatural, Victoria's role became greatly reduced and Alexandra favoured a more complex, perhaps even villainous role, which the producers refused.

Alexandra left Dark Shadows when she became pregnant with her son Adam. Following this, she appeared in the television movie Certain Honorable Men in 1968, under her married name, Alexandra Isles. She also acted infrequently in the theatre along with working backstage, and declined the invitation to return to Dark Shadows, feeling that Victoria Winters had grown bland and clichéd.

In the 1980s, Alexandra was the subject of unwelcome publicity, when called as a witness during the notorious Claus Von Bulow manslaughter trial, which was widely televised. Following a period of intense public scrutiny, she chose to retain a low profile in the years that followed.

In recent years, Alexandra has carved a new career for herself as a documentary filmmaker. Her 1995 directorial debut was with The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews, which she dedicated to the memory of her father. She also directed Scandalise My Name, a film exploring the blacklisting of performers during the McCarthy administration.

In 2001, Alexandra paid homage to her time on Dark Shadows when she penned the foreword to the tribute book Dark Shadows Memories, which she followed with an appearance as part of the Museum of Television and Radio's salute to the show, held in Los Angeles.

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