Kaaren Verne

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Kaaren Verne
Kaaren Verne 1942.jpg
Verne in 1942
Born Ingeborg Greta Katerina Marie-Rose Klinckerfuss
(1918-04-06)6 April 1918
Berlin, German Empire
Died 23 December 1967(1967-12-23) (aged 49)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death heart ailment
Resting place Calvary Cemetery, St Paul, Minnesota
Other names Karen Verne
Catherine Young
Occupation Actress
Years active 1940–1966
Spouse(s) Arthur Young (1936-1945) (divorced)
Peter Lorre (1945-1950) (divorced)
James Powers (1951-1967) (her death)
Children Alastair Young (1937-2015)
Catharine Lorre Baker (1953-1985) (adopted)[1]

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[edit]

Verne was born in Berlin and christened Ingeborg Greta Katerina Marie-Rose Klinckerfuss,[2] Related to the Bechstein family, her first marriage took place when she was 17.[3]

She fled[4] the Nazis in 1938 and made her English language film debut in the 1939 British film Ten Days in Paris.[5] When British film production stopped during World War II, she emigrated to the United States.[3]

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, who lived in South West England (1937-2015)
  • Actor Peter Lorre (25 May 1945 - 1950; divorced)
  • Film historian James Powers (1951 - 23 December 1967; her death)

Verne and James Powers adopted Peter Lorre's daughter Catharine following his death in 1964.

(An Associated Press news story published January 19, 1955, tells that Verne obtained a divorce decree from Harold R. Susman, who was described as "sales director for a clothing manufacturer.")[6]

Verne remained in films until her death, appearing in such films as Ship of Fools (1965).[7] She died at age 49 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, St Paul, Minnesota.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104554157
  2. ^ Youngkin, Stephen D. (2005). The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-2360-7. 
  3. ^ a b "As Exotic as Dietrich or Lamarr". Wide World News. 10 February 1942. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/movies/person/73350/Kaaren-Verne/biography
  5. ^ Lowrance, Dee (March 8, 1942). "From Hitler to Hollywood". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Every Week Magazine. p. 25. Retrieved April 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Close Watch on Actress". The Kansas City Times. Missouri, Kansas City. Associated Press. January 19, 1955. p. 1. Retrieved April 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Movies: Biography for Kaaren Verne". The New York Times. 

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