Lena Gieseke is best known for her marriage to the American film director Tim Burton. German artist Lena Gieseke is widely known for her visual special effects in various films and television series.
The young photographer, born on September 12, 1965, in Bremen, Germany, is best known for her involvement as a 3D artist in ‘1½ Knight – In Search of the Gorgeous Princess Herzelinde’ in 2008.
Tim Burton’s name may not be new to most people, especially for those who love dark, gothic, eccentric horror, and fantasy films like the adventure movie Alice in Wonderland. But little or nothing is known about his former wife Lena. Here are 6 short facts you need to know about the German super talent.
1. Lena Gieseke is a Dedicated Photographer
Her love for photography forced her parents to send her to the German School in Athens, where she learned and mastered everything about art and enjoyed the pleasure of learning facts about the Greek ancient gods and goddesses, temple sculptures, and much more concerning creative work.
Lena also attended the California Institute of Arts (CalArts), where she was intensely involved in fine arts and photography. She also moved to Lena Wimbledon College and Goldsmith College in London to prepare herself for her future career in the field of visual effects.
2. She Met Tim after Graduation in 1989
Lena Gieseke quickly got into business immediately after her short studies at CalArts. She received an invitation to take photographs of Tim Burton’s American superhero film “Batmen”, which starred great American actors such as Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Palance, and Robert Wuhl. During a meeting with her, Tim fell in love with Lena, proposed to her, and officially married her on February 24, 1989. Unfortunately, their marriage was short-lived as they have divorced in 1991 after two years thanks to Burton’s complicated personality. Lena Gieseke found out that he was dating another woman, Lisa Marie, a Californian ex-stripper.
A quick look at Tim Burton’s personality: he is a renowned animator, film director, producer, artist, and writer. His strange drawings, often inspired by horror movies, caused his peers to stay away from him at first because his pictures of bones, worms, and skeletons were not considered a work of art at that time. Tim was born on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California. He is the son of former minor-league baseball player William “Bill” Burton and Jean Burton (nee Erickson), who is known as the owner of a gift shop for cats. At home and school, he was known as someone who is very introspective and likes to paint and watch horror movies.
As a film producer, his outstanding skills can be seen in films like Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Edward Scissorhands, Dark Shadows, and Alice in Wonderland. When he was still married to Lena, she played a good part in the production of one of the most famous movies “Edward Scissorhands”, which was produced in 1990.
3. Lena Gieseke Served as an Animation Modeller for Various Films.
The famous artist served as a model for the most interesting television films such as the American science fiction disaster movie “2012”, which was produced in 2009 and directed and produced by Roland Emmerich, a German film director. The films featured actors such as John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Woody Harrelson. She has also worked on the visual effects of films such as Westflug – Entführung Aus Liebe, Otto’s Elf, Hotel Lux, Immortals, Die Jahrhundertlawine, Vicky und der Schatz der Götter, and Als der Weihnachtsmann Auf der Erde fallen”. Lena also worked as a 3D artist for Berlin ’36.
4. Lena Gieseke’s Net Worth and Salary
Although the beautiful artist was not yet benevolent enough to reveal facts about her financial status, it cannot be denied that Lena leads a quiet but luxurious lifestyle. Most of her earnings must come from her artistic work as a photographer, followed by her work on numerous films. Some of her wealth could also possibly come from her share of her ex-husband’s fortune after the divorce. Tim Burton currently has a net worth of $140 million. However, Lena has more than 10 credits for visual effects in various movies and TV series.
5. Height and Body Measurement
The beautiful German-born artist Lena has a unique figure that fits her size perfectly. Her shapely body clearly proves that she is perfectly fit for her career. She has dark hair and brown eyes.
6. Lena Avoids Media Spotlights
Following her simple and well-preserved nature, Lena has clearly stayed away from social media activities. Although she has a personal social media platform, she has managed to keep it strictly away from her close friends and relatives.