She is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name “Uma Karen” instead of her birth name). She attended Amherst Public Schools. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible, and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman’s maternal grandfather was Colonel Baron Friedrich Karl Johannes von Schlebrügge, a German military officer who had become one of the senior Nazi spies in the Americas but who was also jailed by the Nazis for protecting Jewish friends. Thurman’s maternal grandmother was Swedish-born Birgit Holmquist, from Trelleborg, who in 1930 modelled for a nude statue that overlooks the harbor of Smygehuk, Sweden (Birgit’s father was Swedish and her mother was of German and Danish descent). Thurman’s mother was introduced to LSD guru Timothy Leary by Salvador Dalí and became Leary’s third wife in 1964. Her first two were the high school comedy Johnny Be Good and the teen thriller Kiss Daddy Goodnight. Because of the rating, it never played in a wide release but critics embraced her.