Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch,  was born August 18, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut and died January 16, 1966 in a hotel at 2011 N Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. Several bottles of pills and alcohol were found in the room with her.

Of all the Twain relatives, perhaps the least is known about Nina. The child of Mark Twain’s only surviving child Clara Clemens and her husband Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Nina’s childhood appears to have been a happy one. Her first 9 years were spent in Germany and New York. In 1919, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan when Ossip took on the position of conductor of the Detroit Symphony. Nina lived there until she enrolled in Barnard in 1929.

Much has been written about her drinking and she herself thought she had inherited this trait from her famous grandfather, Samuel Clemens. There are also many reports of a "marriage" to a man name Carl Rogeers but that is not the correct name of her long time boyfriend. There is no record of her ever having been married. The man she was involved with for years was named Carl Roters, a famous artist. Although at first Clara didn't approve of this relationship because she thought it contributed to Nina's drinking, it's been reported by one of Carl's relatives that he refused to marry Nina because of her drinking!

We feel that there must still be people alive today who knew Nina, or knew about Nina.  Susan met her once when she was very young.  Surely there are others who met her and would be willing to share stories about her.  If you have anything to contribute about Nina, please email us from the Contact Us page and realize that, unless we have your written permission, it will be in complete confidence.

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