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Clara Langdon Clemens Gabrilowitsch Samossoud
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1874
Chemung County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1962
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Vocalist. Born the second daughter of Samuel Clemens, famed as author Mark Twain, and his wife Olivia Langdon in Elmira, New York. She was largely educated by private tutors, but also attended a public high school in Hartford, Connecticut; and a boarding school in Berlin, Germany. In 1896 the family moved to Vienna, where she studied piano. Eventually she gave up the piano and focused on a career as vocalist. In Austria, she met Ossip Gabrilowitsch, a Russian pianist with whom she had a long distance friendship for many years, finally marrying in October 1909, two months before the death of her sister, Jean, leaving her her her father's only surviving child and heir. The couple performed in both Europe and in the US before settling in Detroit. In 1926, she played the title role in a dramatization of her father's 'Joan of Arc' but was a critical failure. Her husband died in 1936, and she traveled before settling in California. In 1944, at the age of 70, she married 50 year old Jacques Samossoud who proceeded to loot her inheritance to finance his gambling. By 1951, in order to pay her husband's debts, she auctioned off her Hollywood home and many of the papers and memorabilia she had from her father. They relocated to La Jolla, where she was diagnosed with a heart ailment which left her bedridden for the last few years of her life. She died at Sharp Memorial Hospital at age 88. She had authored three books: "My Father: Mark Twain" in 1931; "My Husband: Gabrilowitsch" in 1938; and "Awake to a Perfect Day; My Experience with Christian Science" in 1956.
 (bio by: Iola) 
Family links: 
  Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
  Olivia Langdon Clemens (1845 - 1904)
  Ossip Solomonovich Gabrilowitsch (1878 - 1936)
  Jacques Alexandria Samossoud (1894 - 1966)*
  Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch (1910 - 1966)*
  Langdon Clemens (1870 - 1872)*
  Olivia Susan Clemens (1872 - 1896)*
  Clara Langdon Clemens Gabrilowitsch Samossoud (1874 - 1962)
  Jean Lampton Clemens (1880 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Chemung County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jan 15, 2002
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Clara Langdon <i>Clemens</i> Gabrilowitsch Samossoud
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