• Helena Gieseke is a 52-year-old visual effects artist
• She was born in 1965 in Bremen, West Germany
• She studied fine arts and photography at the California Institute of Arts
• She is most well-known for her marriage to Tim Burton
• She has an estimated net worth of $1 million

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Who is Tim Burton’s ex-wife Lena Gieseke?

Born Helena Gieseke under the sign of Virgo on the 12th of September 1965, in Bremen, (then) West Germany, Lena Gieseke is a 52-year-old Caucasian visual effects artist, but perhaps better known to the world for being the (now ex-) wife of the legendary writer, animator and director Tim Burton. However, she has had personal successes as a visual effects artist in various films throughout her career in the sometimes lucrative visual effects artistry profession since the 1980s.

Early Life and Education

Lena was raised a single child in the aforementioned city, by parents of unknown names and professions. There is no information regarding her early youth, and thus it is unknown at what point she took an interest in what she does today. As per her education, she actually left Germany to study in Athens, Greece, where she attended an art high school, matriculated and returned to Germany to further her education. At this point, she was already keen on mastering photography and other visual arts. However, Germany didn’t quite make the cut when it comes to prestigious visual art education, and so she made her way to England, where she first attended Wimbledon College, later deciding that it wasn’t her piece of cake, and transferring to Goldsmith College in London, then having another change of heart and finally moving to California USA, where she studied fine arts and photography at California Institute of Arts, from where she graduated.


It is unknown what jobs she performed before becoming employed in her profession, but there is the fact that she was eventually invited as an on-set photographer to the shooting of Tim Burton’s “Batmen” in 1989, where she was in the presence of legendary movie superstars, such as Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger. After that, her career’s trace is lost, and for the next 19 years it’s virtually unknown what type of employment she had to sustain herself. However, it is known that in 2008 she made her 3D art debut in the film “1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde”, which is a German comedy movie, meaning she returned to her home country to pursue her career. In the same year, she was also credited for her 3D art in “Die Jahrhundertlawine,” then in 2009 had an animation artist credit, as well as a 3D artist one, and ultimately the modeler credit for the famous “2012.” She worked on two more films in 2010, and on four in 2011, the most significant of which is “Immortals.” After that, her career lost its trace again, and it is unknown what she does today.

Love Life

Since Lena herself chose to keep her romantic life out of the media’s eye, not much is known about her relationships prior to and after Tim Burton. They met at the filming of the aforementioned “Batmen”, and while Lena was taking shots on the set, Tim noticed her and took an interest. They dated for a  short time before marrying in a private celebration in February 1989. However, they divorced only two years later, on New Year’s Eve in 1991; it’s alleged that Tim’s personality was too much of a challenge for Lena, and that she filed for divorce because she knew about his ‘secret’ relationship with his future public partner Lisa Marie – although she is a known model and actress, she used to be a stripper prior to dating Tim.

What is Lena Gieseke’s Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich Lena Gieseke is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Lena’s accumulated wealth is close to $1 million, largely aided by her successes in the entertainment industry, while the greatest contribution comes from her experience as the visual effects artist for “2012.” As her career presumably continues to develop, the said amount could be expected to increase.

Body Measurements

Concerning the physical attributes of the experienced 3D artist, her fame is unfortunately insufficient for any reputable media source to try and obtain such information. Thus, her vital statistics, height and weight are unknown, but her body shape used to be generally described as fit, while her hair color is light brown and her eyes are light blue.

Social Media Presence

Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active special effects artists to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of titles they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. However, it looks like Lena herself is neither active nor a subscriber of this celebrity trend, as she is nowhere to be traced on any of the popular social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Visual Effects

Als der Weihnachtsmann vom Himmel fiel2011pipeline td: ScanlineVFX
Immortals2011pipeline td: ScanlineVFX Munich
Hotel Lux2011pipeline td: ScanlineVFX
Wickie auf großer Fahrt2011research and development: ScanlineVFX
Otto's Eleven2010r&d: ScanlineVFX
Westflug - Entführung aus Liebe2010TV Movie R&D: ScanlineVFX
20122009/Imodeler: ScanlineVFX
Berlin '3620093D Artist: ScanlineVFX
Wickie und die starken Männer2009Animation Artist: Scanline VFX / research and development: ScanlineVFX
Die Jahrhundertlawine2008TV Movie 3D Artist: ScanlineVFX
1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde20083D Artist: ScanlineVFX

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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