Anouska Hempel

Anouska Hempel, Lady Weinberg (sometimes credited as Anoushka Hempel) (born 13 December 1941, Wellington, New Zealand)[1] is a film and television actress turned hotelier and designer. She is also a noted figure in London society, known as "Nou-nou" to her friends.


Hempel was born Anne Geissler. She is of Russian and Swiss German ancestry and claims to have been born on a boat en route from Papau New Guinea to New Zealand.[3] Her father immigrated to New Zealand where he was a sheep farmer[4]; later her family moved to Cronulla, south of Sydney where he owned a garage. As a teenager in the mid-1950s, she attended Sutherland High School, left at 15 and then trained as a psychiatric nurse in Sydney. In 1962 she moved to the United Kingdom with 10 pounds to her name,[5] and two years later married Constantine Hempel, a journalist and property developer who later died in a car accident. From 1978 to 1980 she was married to theatrical producer Bill Kenwright. In 1980 she married financier Sir Mark Weinberg, with whom she has a son, Jonathan.[1] She appears in a photographic portrait by Bryan Wharton in the National Portrait Gallery.
Her first film appearance was in the Hammer Horror film "The Kiss of the Vampire" 1963, then in the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service as one of the "angels of death". Thereafter she appeared in several films and TV programmes, including The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, Zodiac (TV Series) with Anton Rodgers, the adaptation of comic strip Tales of Tiffany Jones, and Russ Meyer's controversial[6] soft pornographic Black Snake.[7] She also appeared in the TV series Space 1999. In 1998 she bought the UK rights to Tiffany Jones (1973) and Black Snake (1973) in order to keep them out of circulation. This effectively blocks any future UK television screenings or video releases.[1]
She is now a hotelier and designer of global repute,[7] and is ranked by Architectural Design (2002) as one of the top 100 interior designers and architects in the world.[8] She is known to favour "style over comfort" (in her own words),[2] and two hotels have refitted her interiors after their guests found them uncomfortable. She is known for her perfection and striking designs in which everything is ordered and regimented.

Anouska Hempel

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