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Sigmund Freud is, of course, a household name. Also well known are Anna Freud, his youngest child and the only one of his children to become a psychoanalyst, and his grandson, Lucian Freud, one of the foremost figurative artists of the current day.

But the sprawling Freud family also includes many other accomplished offspring in the fields of finance, media, politics, entertainment, academia, writing, fashion and social work.

Great-grandson George Loewenstein, for example, Carnegie Mellon University professor, is a leading authority and researcher on decision-making, currently writing a book on the role of emotions in economic behavior.

His oldest sister, Andrea Freud Loewenstein, is a novelist and literary critic, author of "This Place," "The Worry Girl: Stories From a Childhood," and "Loathsome Jews and Engulfing Women." His other sister, Dania Jekel, runs the Asperger's Association of New England. Dania Jekel's daughter, Laura A. Jekel, is a graduate student in the Carnegie Mellon music department. And Dr. Loewenstein's wife, Donna Harsch, is a history professor at Carnegie Mellon, specializing in 20th century Germany.

Sigmund Freud and his wife, the former Martha Bernays, had six children: Mathilde, Martin (the Loewensteins' grandfather), Oliver, Ernst, Sophie (who died at age 27) and Anna.

Martin Freud's wife and daughter, Esti and Sophie Freud, wound up in the United States. Most of the other Freuds fled to England from Vienna during World War II, so most subsequent generations are British. They include:

• Clement Freud (son of architect Ernst, brother of Lucian), broadcaster and Liberal Party politician who was knighted upon retirement from Parliament, married to actress Jill Freud, who is the former June Flewett, the inspiration for C.S. Lewis' Lucy Pevensie in "The Chronicles of Narnia."

• Matthew Freud (Clement's son), public relations mogul, head of Freud Communications, married to Rupert Murdoch's daughter, Elisabeth, formerly married to Caroline Hutton, who then married the Earl of Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

• Emma Freud (Clement's daughter), broadcaster and cultural commentator, life partner of scriptwriter Richard Curtis and chief script editor of his "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones's Diary."

• Esther Freud (Lucian's daughter), novelist, author of "Hideous Kinky" (which became a film starring Kate Winslet), as well as "The Sea House," "The Wild," "Peerless Flats" and "Love Falls."

• Bella Freud (Lucian's daughter), London fashion designer whose work is favored by celebrity clients, weekly columnist for the Sunday Telegraph.

• David Freud (grandson of Martin and son of Walter, Sophie Freud's brother), London investment banker who helped to raise 50 billion pounds for firms such as Eurotunnel and EuroDisney, Tony Blair's adviser on welfare reform, former journalist for the Financial Times, author of "Freud in the City," an inside look at high finance in the go-go '80s.


Correction/Clarification: (Published Feb. 7, 2008) The name of Janet Kinnane, who took the photo of Carnegie Mellon University professor George Loewenstein that appeared with this story as about the descendants of Sigmund Freud, was spelled incorrectly as originally published Feb. 6, 2008.

Sally Kalson can be reached at skalson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1610.


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