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Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameLiesel Anne Pritzker

Mini Bio (1)

Liesel Matthews was born on March 14, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Liesel Anne Pritzker. She is an actress, known for A Little Princess (1995), Air Force One (1997) and Blast (2000). She is married to Ian Simmons.

Spouse (1)

Ian Simmons (? - present)

Trivia (20)

Uncle is Hyatt Hotels chain founder, Jay Pritzker.
Attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Class of 2002.
A member of the Pritzker family, which owns the Hyatt Hotels chain and is said to control a fortune worth more than $15 billion.
Her family (Pritzker) has been near the top of Forbes magazine's "America's Richest Families" list since the magazine began in 1982. The Pritzkers started the Hyatt Hotels chain and also own Royal Carribean Cruise Lines.
Her stage name is the result of a vicious custody battle between her parents. When A Little Princess (1995) was released she was supposed to be listed with her real last name, Pritzker-Bagley (she added the name Bagley after her mother remarried). However, her father insisted that she be listed as simply Liesel Pritzker and threatened to keep her from being in the film if his request was not honored. She took the last name Matthews after her brother Matthew's name.
She is one of 12 surviving grandchildren of patriarch Abram Nicholas Pritzker, a financier and industrialist who died in 1986. He left "substantially all of the vast holdings" of the family to trust funds, according to the suit.
The Pritzker family owns Hyatt, a chain that owns or operates 207 hotels worldwide. The family also controls industrial companies, real estate, cruise lines, banks, mining, railroads and the TransUnion credit bureau.
Attended Columbia University.
Has a stepsister, Karen.
Stepdad is James J. Bagley.
Has an older brother, Matthew Pritzker. He was born in 1982.
Parents are Irene and Robert, now divorced.
Was offered a role in Hamlet 2 (2008), but declined.
Was asked to be a presenter at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards, but rejected the offer.
Appeared in the London England Theatrical show "Where's Linda Margret" (2010).
Attends Columbia University [January 2003]
A judgement was handed done in the lawsuit filed by Liesel and Matthew Pritzker on January 7, 2005. The details have not been made public, but they are both due to receive nearly $500 million out of the family's $15 billion dollar empire. This would make Liesel and Matthew Pritzker the richest young adults in the United States. [January 2005]
Appearing in Sorbano Theater plays in London, UK. [January 2009]
Liesel and her husband Ian now live in New York with their daughters. Today Lisel Matthews runs Blue Haven Initiative with Ian. She co runs The IimPact. Liesel has retired from film acting. She now focuses on business management and stage acting. Liesel married Ian Simmons in 2011.
Made her stage debut in New York City in the play ''Vincent in Brixton'', for which she won a Theatre World Award.

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