Eleanor Allina Epstein
|Eleanor Allina Epstein|
|Born:||June 12, 1889 in Bohemia|
|Died:||May 17, 1973 in St. Louis|
Eleanor Allina Epstein (born Olga Allina) is the daughter of Edward and Rosa Allina.
Olga (Olga Eleanor?) was two years old when the family moved from Bohemia to St Louis, USA. She was known as Ella and while with a traveling theater troupe in Ohio she met Benjamin Gross. They married and her first son, Leon Harrison was born in 1911. She was divorced and remarried in 1913 to Albert Falk Epstein and their son Leslie was born in 1915.
Behind the scenes
Eleanor Allina's name has been used for several characters in the Mandrake strips:
- Alina, Queen of Atalan.
- Lenore, Mandrake's sister.
- Aleena, Mandrake's girlfriend at the College of Magic.
- Eleanora, Mandrake's mother.
Lee Falk had a stepsister, Ailine (also written Aileen and Arleen), which may have been inspiration for the names Alina and Aleena.