Karin Dor

Karin Dor

Weitere Namen: Kätherose Derr (Geburtsname); Rose Dor (Weiterer Name)
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*22.02.1938 Wiesbaden; †06.11.2017 München

Biografie

Karin Dor, born as Käthe Rose Derr February 22, 1938 in Wiesbaden, grew up in a middle-class family. Although she initially wanted to become a fashion designer, she took actor's training and ballet lessons. Then, director Arthur Maria Rabenalt recommended the young extra to his upcoming colleague Harald Reinl who gave her a part in his film "Rosen-Resli" ("Rose-Girl Resli") and another part in his 1954 film "Der schweigende Engel". In the same year, Dor married the 28-year older director Reinl.

The young actress made her first major appearances as a high-school graduate in Rudolf Jugert's "Ihre grosse Prüfung" ("The Big Test") and as a mayor's daughter during the Spanish Civil War in Reinl's "Solange Du lebst" ("As Long As You Live"). Soon, Dor specialized on the gentle and naïve roles in popular music films and sentimental comedies with regional background. But Dor managed to successfully transfer her image to the crime movie genre in Harald Reinl's "Die Bande des Schreckens" ("Hand of the Gallows", 1960), the third movie in the Edgar Wallace series, and to prove her acting skills in several parts of innocently prosecuted women. Dor then became popular as Germany's "Miss Krimi" and was seen in outstanding performances in most films of the Edgar Wallace crime series.

But Dor was also a key asset to the series of Karl May films, the second huge West German genre success. Again directed by her husband Harald Reinl, Dor delivered several brilliant performances as the belle in need of protection.

Later, Karin Dor dismissed these one-dimensional parts and took over the role of Brunhild in Reinl's two-part Burgundian saga "Die Nibelungen" (1966). Although the film was not well received by the critics, it became the starting point for Dor's international movie career. As Germany's "star without affairs" Dor got the part of sexy Helga Brandt in the fifth James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice" alongside Sean Connery and was able to act against her former, rather virtuous role image. Dor delivered a convincing performance as a red-haired temptress trying to stop the famous undercover agent using her erotic charm.

Another important step in Dor's international career was the unexpected offer to play a Cuban woman in Alfred Hitchcock's spy thriller "Topaz" in 1969. Dor starred as the beautiful and proud Juanita de Cordoba, the leader of an underground movement. She and her lover collaborate with the West until Juanita dies in the style of an opera's finale. In 1968, Karin Dor became sick with cancer and was divorced from Harald Reinl.

But after a brief halt, Dor was able to continue her movie career. From the 1970s on, she made less and less films but instead focussed on TV and theatre productions such as the American crime series "Ironside" and "It Takes a Thief". She also made a name for her performances in popular theatre in Germany. Her TV work in the 1990s included the family series "Die große Freiheit" where she starred alongside Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff as well as the TV movie "Der Preis der Liebe", a Rosamunde Pilcher adaptation. In 2006, Dor made her first movie for years and starred in Margarethe von Trotta's "Ich bin die Andere" ("I Am the Other Woman"). Nearly ten years later she played her last role in a feature film in "Die abhandene Welt" ("The Misplaced World", 2015), again directed by Margarethe von Trotta.

Karin Dor died November 6, 2017 in Munich.

Filmografie

2014/2015 Die abhandene Welt
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2005/2006 Ich bin die Andere
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1997/1998 Rosamunde Pilcher: Der Preis der Liebe
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1993/1994 Mein Freund, der Lipizzaner
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1988 Tele-As. Das große Spiel rund ums Fernsehen
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1986/1987 Johann Strauß - Der ungekrönte König
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1985 Harald Reinl - Kino ohne Probleme
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1975-1977 Frauenstation
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1974 Die Antwort kennt nur der Wind
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1970/1971 Haie an Bord
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1968 Winnetou und Shatterhand im Tal der Toten
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1967/1968 Caroline chérie - Schön wie die Sünde
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1967 Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel
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1966/1967 Die Nibelungen. 2. Kriemhilds Rache
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1966 Die Nibelungen. 1. Siegfried von Xanten
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1966 Das Geheimnis der gelben Mönche
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1966 Gern hab' ich die Frauen gekillt
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1965/1966 Der Mann mit den tausend Masken
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1965/1966 Ich habe sie gut gekannt
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1965 Der unheimliche Mönch
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1965 Winnetou III
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1965 Ich, Dr. Fu Man Chu
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1965 Der letzte Mohikaner
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1964/1965 Hotel der toten Gäste
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1964 Winnetou II
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1963/1964 Zimmer 13
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1963 Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Witwe
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1963 Der Würger von Schloß Blackmoor
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1963 Die weiße Spinne
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1962 Ohne Krimi geht die Mimi nie ins Bett
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1962 Der Schatz im Silbersee
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1962 Der Teppich des Grauens
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1961/1962 Die unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr. Mabuse
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1961 Im schwarzen Rößl
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1961 Bei Pichler stimmt die Kasse nicht
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1961 Der Fälscher von London
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1961 Am Sonntag will mein Süßer mit mir segeln gehn
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1961 The Playgirls and the Bellboy
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1960/1961 Der grüne Bogenschütze
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1960 Im weißen Rößl
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1960 Die Bande des Schreckens
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1959 Ein Sommer, den man nie vergißt
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1959 So angelt man keinen Mann
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1959 Das blaue Meer und Du
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1958 Skandal um Dodo
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1958 Mit Eva fing die Sünde an
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1958 13 kleine Esel und der Sonnenhof
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1958 Worüber man nicht spricht
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1957 Almenrausch und Edelweiß
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1957 Die Zwillinge vom Zillertal
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1956/1957 Kleiner Mann - ganz groß
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1956 Santa Lucia
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1955 Solange du lebst
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1954 Ihre große Prüfung
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1954 Der schweigende Engel
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1954 Rosen-Resli
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1953 Der letzte Walzer
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