9 November 1865
|Died||14 September 1929
New York City, New York
|Other names||Minnie Palmer|
|Children||Manfred Marx (1885-1886)
|Relatives||Al Shean (brother)|
Marx was born in Dornum, Germany, the daughter of Fanny and Levi or Louis Schoenberg. While managing the Marx Brothers, she also went under the name of Minnie Palmer, so that booking agents would not know that the agent representing the Marx Brothers was actually their mother. She played the harp as did her son, Harpo Marx.
All the brothers confirmed that Marx had been the driving force in getting the troupe launched, the only person who could keep them in order, and a hard bargainer with theatre managements.
Marx and some of her sons appear briefly as characters in Glen David Gold's novel Carter Beats the Devil; the narrative identifies her as Minnie Palmer, and only gradually offers clues that the struggling vaudeville act traveling with her are the later-famous Marx Brothers. Marx (played by Shelley Winters) was also the main character in the Broadway musical Minnie's Boys.
- Chronology - The Marx Brothers
- "Mrs. Minnie Marx.; Mother of four Marx brothers, musical comedy stars, dies". New York Times. 1929-09-16.
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