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Where, Oh Where, Are Nina’s Heirs? Part I: Jules Schmidt

Friday, May 8th, 2009

When Mark Twain’s granddaughter Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch wrote her will, she left small monthly annuities to four friends.

One of those four was Jules Schmidt. From a letter in the collection of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT, we know that Jules was an actor and friend of Nina’s. Nina was, apparently, no fan of Jules wife, per the letter! The letter implies that he had at least two children.

Are there any serious old film junkies out there who might recognize Jules Schmit as a bit actor in Hollywood in the 1940’s and 1950s?  Or is there anyone related to this fellow out there?  I would guess that he was born circa 1910 as he appears to be about Nina’s age.  It seems likley that Nina wrote addtional letters to Jules and we would love to see them!