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Overview (4)

Born in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
Died in Munich, Bavaria, Germany  (complications following a fall)
Birth NameKätherose Derr
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born Kätherose Derr in Wiesbaden, Karin Dor studied acting and ballet at school and began in films as an extra. The attractive redhead made an indelible impression on Austrian director Harald Reinl (who became her first husband in 1954) and this paved the way to higher profile roles. Her first significant featured appearance was in Reinl's melodrama Der schweigende Engel (1954). Karin subsequently shared top billing in a classroom drama about wayward matriculation students, Ihre große Prüfung (1954). During the initial segment of her career she played nice girls, mainly wide-eyed ingénues, innocent victims and assorted naive juveniles in war and period dramas (As Long as You Live (1955)), Heimatfilms (Almenrausch und Edelweiß (1957)) and operettas (The White Horse Inn (1960)).

By 1960, a more glamorous, lithe and sensual Karin had graduated to juicer roles as heroines in Edgar Wallace potboilers (beginning with Der grüne Bogenschütze (1961)) and a series of Karl May European westerns, invariably directed by Reinl and co-starring Tarzan actor Lex Barker (a combination which proved equally successful for other crime/sci-fi franchises, including The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1962)). Many of these pictures enjoyed only limited release and were rarely exhibited outside Germany.

Karin succeeded at last to break her stereotyping by playing a pathological serial killer wielding a cutthroat razor in another Wallace/Reinl outing, Room 13 (1964), and - for a total change of pace -- essayed Brunhilde in a two-part filming of the epic 'Die Nibelungen' (also directed by Reinl). With her international appeal now widening, she appeared in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), a British-West German co-production, as a scientist's daughter menaced by the titular villain. To follow was arguably her best-known international role as an early 'Bond girl', Helga Brandt (alias Number Eleven), a SPECTRE operative whose failure to eliminate J.B. results in her being dropped into a piranha-infested pool by super villain Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) in You Only Live Twice (1967). She was then engaged by Alfred Hitchcock for the part of Cuban resistance leader Juanita de Cordoba in Topaz (1969) in which her character came to a similarly sticky end. Karin's career never quite recovered from this director's rare box-office aberration. British Times reviewer and Hitchcock specialist John Russell Taylor described the picture as "generally flat, undistinguished, and lacking in any sign of positive interest or involvement on his (Hitchcock's) part". In the wake of Topaz, Karin's screen appearances became infrequent, except for a couple of guest spots on American crime shows, followed by an of unsuccessful feature film comeback attempt in the incongruous thriller Warhead (1977). She was latterly seen on German television in several episodes of Rosamunde Pilcher (1993). Karin's third husband was actor and stuntman George Robotham who predeceased her in 2007.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Karin Dor was a German actress who became popular in the 1960s. She starred in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice (1967) and the Alfred Hitchcock movie Topaz (1969).

In later years, she performed mainly stage roles but still appeared in some films.

Dor died at a nursing home in Munich on 6 November 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (3)

George Robotham (1988 - 1 February 2007) ( his death)
Günther Schmucker (1972 - 1974) ( divorced)
Harald Reinl (1954 - 1968) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (12)

First German "Bond girl" on You Only Live Twice (1967).
Lives in Los Angeles and Munich.
After appearing in many international movie productions, she has been a respected stage actress.
Played the leading role in the play "Der Neurosenkavalier" more than 500 times.
On stage with the play "Man lebt nur dreimal" in Munich, playing the leading role. [August 2007]
Shooting a Rosamunde-Pilcher-movie in England. [May 2010]
Playing the lead in "Trau keinem über 60" on stage in Munich. [March 1996]
Mother of Andreas Reinl (b. November 21, 1955).
It was on a holiday in South Tyrol in July 2016 that Karin suffered a fall after being accidentally rammed by a woman with a stroller. The backwards fall onto the concrete resulted in a gashing 4 centimeter head wound that had to be stitched in hospital. She also lost her memory for the duration of an hour. According to Karin, the doctors did neither detect the brain concussion nor the intracranial injury. Only during the rehearsals for the theatre play "Der dressierte Mann" ("The trained husband") weeks after her fall did doctors realize her injuries were more serious than previously thought, as she began suffering from headaches and was often tired. Even months after the accident, the after effects were still present and Karin wasn't feeling up to her usual energetic self. Her attitude however remained positive and, despite her doctors advising against it, she continued working as an actress. Between October and November 2016, she appeared on stage every evening performing at the Komödie am Bayerischen Hof in Munich. By that time, she was already experiencing limited motor function in her right leg. Suddenly, in January 2017, she relapsed. Her condition rapidly worsened in March 2017 and she was confined to a care home, where she ultimately died.
In order to get married to Harald Reinl in 1954 at the age of 16, Dor stated 1936 as her year of birth. At that time, Reinl was 30 years her senior and one of the most productive and mightiest film directors in Germany.
She was known in Germany as 'Miss Crime' due to having appeared in so many gangster films.
At 16 she was walking home from school when she was approached by a woman who said that she was just the kind of girl that she wanted for a film. Her parents were dubious but she did so well in the film 'The Silent Angel' that she was signed to a 6 picture contract.

Personal Quotes (1)

[in 7/10/12 interview, about Alfred Hitchcock] Of all the directors I have worked with, Hitchcock was my favorite. I adored and loved him as a director. At the end of every filming day on Topaz (1969) he would come to my trailer with his secretary and they would bring me German recipes because he knew that I liked to cook. We had a marvelous, immediate, simpatico relationship. It was one of my best experiences in movie making.

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