Karin Dor

Karin Dor

Additional Names: Kätherose Derr (Geburtsname); Rose Dor (Weiterer Name)
Darstellerin
*22.02.1938 Wiesbaden; †06.11.2017 München

Biography

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.

Filmography

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

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