Kaaren Verne

Kaaren Verne (6 April 1918 — 23 December 1967), was a German-born actress. Sometimes billed as Karen Verne, she was originally a stage actress and member of the Berlin State Theatre. Verne was born in Berlin and christened Ingeborg Greta Katerina Marie-Rose Klinckerfuss, She fled the Nazis in 1938 and made her English-language movie debut in the 1939 British film Ten Days in Paris. The following year she settled in Hollywood. At first, the studios tried to downplay her German heritage by briefly changing her professional name to Catherine Young, but after America's entry into World War II, the publicity value of a Teutonic actress who had turned her back on Nazism was too good to avoid. Verne was married three times, to: Verne and James Powers adopted Peter Lorre's daughter Catharine following his death in 1964. Verne remained in films until her death, appearing in such films as Ship of Fools (1965) and Torn Curtain (1966). She died at age 49 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, St Paul, Minnesota.


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