Emily Blunt plays the role of the wife of Robert J. Oppenheimer, Katherine Oppenheimer. Kitty aka Katherine Oppenheimer, born Katherine Puening Harrison is often overshadowed by her husband’s achievements. Kitty Oppenheimer made significant contributions in her own right as a talented writer, linguist, and advocate for the arts.
Emily Blunt stars alongside Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, and Rami Malek. Oppenheimer which is said to be Christopher Nolan’s best movie yet, is all set to release on July 21, 2021.
Katherine ‘Kitty’ Oppenheimer
Katherine Oppenheimer was born in Recklinghausen, Prussia, Germany on August 8, 1910. She arrived in the United States in May of 1913 with her family and settled down in Pennsylvania.
Before marrying Robert J. Oppenheimer, Katherine had 3 unsuccessful marriages. She was first married to the singer, Frank Ramseyer, but their marriage barely lasted a few months. She later married Joseph Dallet Jr. who she acknowledged as her first husband.
Katherine met Robert while she was married to Richard Stewart Harrison. She had an affair with Robert before eventually marrying him. Katherine had two children with Robert.
Despite her contributions to the Manhattan Project, Katherine’s life wasn’t without challenges. She faced scrutiny and suspicion over her association with the left wing and communism. This drew unwanted attention to her and her husband’s lives.
In the aftermath of the Manhattan Project, Robert, and Katherine were under investigation by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) for their links with various communist parties. Soon after multiple hearings, her husband’s security clearance was revoked by the United States government.
After the professional setback, Katherine focused on her own artistic pursuits. She taught literature and worked as an editor for literary publications. After Robert’s death in 1967, Katherine held annual conferences in theoretical physics to commemorate him. She died of an embolism on October 27, 1972.
Source – Britannica