Karin Dor

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Karin Dor (born February 22, 1938 as Kätherose Derr in Wiesbaden ; † November 6, 2017 in Munich ), also Rose Dor, was a German actress . In the 1960s she was one of the most popular actresses in German entertainment cinema.

She played in several cinema series, including in Karl May and Edgar Wallace film adaptations. She became internationally known through the films James Bond 007 - You Only Live Twice (1967) and Topaz by Alfred Hitchcock (1969).


Karin Dor was born in Wiesbaden in 1938. At a young age she tried her hand at first as a film actress , where she found pleasure in working in front of the camera. From 1954 to 1968 she was married to the Austrian director Harald Reinl , 30 years her senior , who gave her her first speaking role and then used it in many of his films. At the wedding in 1954, Dor allegedly passed himself off as two years older in order to be able to marry without difficulty; therefore, in some writings, 1936 is given as the year of her birth. In 1955 their son was born.

In the 1960s she played in several cinema series, including in Edgar Wallace , Dr. Mabuse and Fu-Manchu film adaptations. In it she mostly gave the " persecuted innocence ", which resolutely and bravely defied the villain until she was saved by the "good one". She played the leading female role in Karl May films three times : in 1962 at the side of Götz George in Der Schatz im Silbersee , in 1964 as Ribanna , the great love of Winnetou , in Winnetou 2nd part and in 1968 in Winnetou and Shatterhand in the valley of the Dead . In 1994 she received the Scharlih Prize, the most famous award associated with the name Karl May .

She became internationally known through the films James Bond 007 - You Only Live Twice (1967) and Topaz by Alfred Hitchcock (1969). She died there spectacular film deaths: In the Bond film she was eaten by piranhas as the red-haired agent Helga Brandt , in Hitchcock as the Cuban Juanita she was shot by her jealous lover. Hitchcock wanted the dying scene to look like a love scene. The camera was positioned directly above her and her scene partner John Vernon . The shot can be heard, Dor falls to the ground, and her purple dress opens like a blossom. Hitchcock had strings attached to the dress that were pulled by several people outside the camera's viewing angle at the moment of falling.

Until the early 1970s, she repeatedly received guest roles in international film and television productions such as your appearance, Al Mundy (1969) or Der Chef (1970). The general doldrums in film at that time, her divorce from Harald Reinl (1968) and cancer have interfered with her career as an actress.

In 1972 she married the businessman Günther Schmucker; the marriage was divorced in 1974. In 1985, according to other sources, in 1988, she married the stuntman George Robotham and then lived for a long time in the United States . She returned to Germany with her third husband, who had Alzheimer's disease. Robotham died in Bonn in February 2007 at the age of 86.

She reoriented herself and played a lot in the theater in classics such as Tartuffe , but also in tabloid comedies such as Der Neurosenkavalier , with which she appeared over 500 times. She also worked occasionally in television and cinema productions. She made her comeback in the cinema in 2006 in I am the other than the alcoholic mother of Katja Riemann . Since August 2008 she has played in the comedy Man Loves Only Three Times, written especially for her, or The Cat at the Theater in the comedy in the Bayerischer Hof in Munich. A short time after a fall in July 2016, she appeared again in the comedy in the Bayerischer Hof, but did not recover from the consequences of the accident. She died on November 6, 2017 at the age of 79 in a nursing home in Munich and was buried in Simbach am Inn .

Filmography (selection)

As an actress

Television shows

Web links

Commons : Karin Dor  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.filmportal.de/person/karin-dor_a98497d7a06c42afbb94ec25ce859c8f
  2. 1936 according to the entry in Munzinger
  3. Film: Bond girl and Winnetou's great love - Karin Dor is dead . In: The time . November 8, 2017, ISSN  0044-2070 ( zeit.de [accessed December 17, 2017]).
  4. Karin Dor. In: Internationales Biographisches Archiv, 25/2007 of June 23, 2007, supplemented by news from MA-Journal until week 18/2015 (accessed via Munzinger Online ).
  5. Roman Schliesser: The super nose. Karl Spiehs and his films. Verlag Carl Ueberreuter, Vienna 2006, p. 30.
  6. According to filmportal.de
  7. "You only love three times" - Bond girl Karin Dor in the comedy in the Bayerischer Hof. ( Memento from December 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  8. Concern about ex-Bond girl . Focus.de, Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  9. knerger.de: The grave of Karin Dor