Christiane Kubrick

Christiane Kubrick (née Harlan) (born 10 May 1932) is a German actress, dancer, painter and singer. She was born into a theatrical family, and was the wife of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick from 1958 until his death in 1999. Christiane Susanne Harlan was born in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony in 1932, the daughter of two opera singers Fritz Moritz Harlan and his wife Ingeborg (née de Freitas). She was trained as an actress but became better known as an artist. Success in her earlier career as an actress led to her being cast in the film Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick, credited as Susanne Christian. In the final scene of Paths of Glory, the young woman she plays is forced to sing to a rowdy, disillusioned tavern-full of French soldiers. Her rendition of the German folk song (in German) Ein treuer Husar (The Faithful Hussar) slowly wins the hearts of the men who stop their shameless carousing and one-by-one, begin to hum and sing along, many of them shedding tears of sadness and remorse. She and Kubrick married in 1958 shortly after filming was completed; their marriage lasted until Kubrick's death in 1999 and they produced two daughters, Anya and Vivian.


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