Marlien Geertruyd Crÿnssen
18 December 1870
|Died||6 May 1941|
Saint-Pierre, Meerenland, Tussenland
|Spouse||Kristofel Hendrix (m. 1900-1937)|
|Alma mater||Geneva Gymnasium for Girls |
University of Peoria
Marlien Hendrix (née Crÿnssen; 1870-1941), was a Tussenlandic socialite, political figure, actress, and patron of the arts. A member of the Crÿnssen and Hendrix families, she endured as one of the most dynamic female personalities in modern Tussenland until her death in 1941.
Early life and debutante
She was born as Marlien Crÿnssen in the December of 1870 in the city of Daesemus. Her father, Eldert Crÿnssen (1838-1898), was of Dutch and Pomeranian origin and employed as a senior level official in the Mississippi Mail Service. Susanna Carter-Crÿnssen (1841-1910), her mother, was a former socialite and prominent teacher at Geneva Gymnasium for Girls - a school Hendrix herself would later attend for several years.
Early in her life, Hendrix developed an interest in the arts, especially Meerenlandic opera, European theater, and traditional Dutch literature. As a teenager, she rose to fame for her performance of the 18th-century play Gravin van Henegouwen, inspired by the life of Jacqueline of Wittelsbach. She subsequently performed in a number of small roles throughout Tussenland until her graduation in 1890 at the age of 19.
Hendrix made her debut at the 1891 Ball van Serooskerken at the Mahrt Hotel. It attracted numerous prominent guests, including the son of the Mayor of Groenveldt, Mauritz Graf II. Graf was attracted to Hendrix; the two subsequently became romantically involved for the next year. In 1893, she left Daesemus in order to pursue higher education in Peoria.
Education and career
Hendrix studied humanities with focus on the performing arts at the University of Peoria. She was one of the first women to study at the particular college she attended and participated extensively in social activities at the university. During her time in Peoria, she met her trusted friend Agatha Pfaender and future husband Kristofel Hendrix.
From 1897 to 1902, she divided her time between Daesemus, Peoria, and the city of Conti in New Netherland, which was developing one of the first film industries in northern America. She acted in numerous minor and major feature roles, dabbling in operatic singing as well. In 1899, she trained as a professional actress at the Conti Conservatory of Arts, later becoming a notable alumni and generous patron of the institution.
A year later, she used her inheritance left by her late father to purchase a local theater in Conti, naming it the Aula Civica (Latin for 'civic hall'). Around the same time, she reconnected with her colleague Kristofel Hendrix, whom she married in a public ceremony in Peoria in 1900. In 1902, she gave birth to her son, Antonius Grégoire Hendrix. She permanently settled in Peoria, only occasionally appearing in theater and film productions.
Participation in politics
Her brother Frans Crÿnssen became Director-General of Tussenland in 1903. Hendrix chose to actively support her brother. Particularly, she shared his ambitions for the expansion of the Tussenland Land Agency and the colonization of the northern plains. After he was arrested under orders of official Johannes van Nijenhuisbeing, she continued support for the settlement project by secretly sponsoring settlement of the region. When her brother was vindicated and became the first President of Tussenland in 1906, Hendrix became a referendary for the Land Agency and a member of merit of the Manidoba Settlement Society (Amerikaens: Genötschap de Vestigers van Bataev).
She established a museum in Kruysdorp, Mississippi, dedicated to the traditional arts of the Nackota and Cree in 1909. In 1910, Crÿnssensland officially became a province of Tussenland. Hendrix was appointed as an alderman of the city of Batavia, a position which she served in from 1910 to 1917. In 1919, she appeared in her last film Mais en Veers, a romantic narrative set in the former territories of the Sioux.
Later life and death
Hendrix divorced from her husband in 1939, after three years of abusive behavior and heated disputes over property. She moved back to her hometown of Daesemus, where she spent her last years with her brother Frans, her children, and her nieces and nephews. She often traveled to Peoria and Conti to give speeches, attend events, and visit friends. Hendrix gave an interview in In 1941, she passed away due to an aneurysm in the city of Saint-Pierre. Hendrix was buried in Daesemus, with her wealth and property being donated to various organizations and divided among her children.
- Father: Eldert Crÿnssen (1838-1898)
- Mother: Susanna Carter Crÿnsse (1841-1910)
- Frans Crÿnssen (1863-1942)
- Spouse: Kristofel Hendrix (m. 1900-1937)
- Antonius Grégoire Hendrix (1902-1964)
- Jan Lambrecht Hendrix (1904-1987)