|Born||Ingeborg Greta Katerina Marie-Rose Klinckerfuss
6 April 1918
Berlin, German Empire
|Died||23 December 1967
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Karen Verne
|Spouse(s)||Arthur Young (1936-1945) (divorced)
Peter Lorre (1945-1950) (divorced)
James Powers (19??-1967) (her death)
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.
Life and career
Verne was born in Berlin and christened Ingeborg Greta Katerina Marie-Rose Klinckerfuss, She fled the Nazis in 1938 and made her English language film 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:
- Musician Arthur Young (30 August 1936 - May 1945; divorced); 1 son, Alastair, living in South West England (born 8 April 1937)
- Actor Peter Lorre (25 May 1945 - 1950; divorced)
- Film historian James Powers (19?? - 23 December 1967; her death)
Verne and James Powers adopted Peter Lorre's daughter Catharine following his death in 1964.