Nina & Frederik Biography

This Danish singing duo was popular in the late 50s and early 60s. Nina Möller (15 July 1932, Denmark) had married the wealthy aristocrat Baron Frederik Jan Gustav Floris van Pallandt (b. 14 May 1934, Copenhagen, Denmark, d. 15 May 1994, Puerto Talera, the Philippines) in 1954, and teamed up with her husband to record a string of duo hits, including ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ (1959), ‘Little Donkey’ (1960) and ‘Sucu Sucu’ (1961). After having three children, they separated in 1969 largely because he wanted to retire and she did not (the marriage was dissolved in 1976). The Baron, a descendant of a Dutch ambassador to Denmark, became a virtual recluse on a farm in Ibiza (briefly purchasing the publishing rights to Burke’s Peerage), then Mindoro in the Phillipines. Nina, meanwhile, ventured into cabaret and acting, making her film debut in Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye in 1973, co-starring with Elliot Gould. She was later implicated in a minor scandal in the early 70s when she went on holiday with Clifford Irving, the fraudulent biographer of Howard Hughes, who was later jailed. In 1980 she appeared briefly in American Gigolo, later adding a second Altman movie to her resumé. Although they were divorced in 1976, Nina flew out to the Philippines to bring Frederick’s body back to Europe after he became the victim of a ‘mysterious professional killing’, along with his girlfriend Susannah, in 1994.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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