Verne in 1942
|Born||Ingeborg Greta Katerina Marie-Rose Klinckerfuss
6 April 1918
Berlin, German Empire
|Died||23 December 1967
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||heart ailment|
|Resting place||Calvary Cemetery, St Paul, Minnesota|
|Other names||Karen Verne
|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)
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
She fled the Nazis in 1938 and made her English language film debut in the 1939 British film Ten Days in Paris. When British film production stopped during World War II, she emigrated to the United States.
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.
- Youngkin, Stephen D. (2005). The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-2360-7.
- "As Exotic as Dietrich or Lamarr". Wide World News. 10 February 1942. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- 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.
- "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.
- "Movies: Biography for Kaaren Verne". The New York Times.