Alma Schindler (1879-1964) was born in Vienna into an artistic family. Her father was a noted painter of landscapes, Emil Jakob Schindler. After his death, her step-father was Carl Moll, one of the founding members of the Secession. She was known for her beauty and her intelligence, attracting many of the most creative men in the contemporary arts scene, among them Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, and marrying Gustav Mahler, the architect Walter Gropius, and the author Franz Werfel. She had a recognized talent for piano and composition but gave both up upon her marriage to Mahler. After the Nazi invasion of France, she and Werfel, who was Jewish, emigrated to the U.S. Crossing, at the age of 60, the Pyrenees on foot into Spain, they reached Portugal and took ship to the U.S. where they settled in Los Angeles. After Werfel passed away, Alma moved to New York City where she lived until her death.