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Kristina Söderbaum
Born 5 September 1912
Stockholm, Sweden
Died February 12, 2001 (aged 88)
Hitzacker, Germany
Occupation Actor

Kristina Söderbaum (Stockholm, Sweden September 5, 1912 - Hitzacker, Germany February 12, 2001) was a Swedish-born German film actress, producer and photographer.

Her father, Professor Henrik Gustaf Söderbaum (1862-1933), was the permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

After both her parents had died shortly after another, she moved to Berlin and enrolled in a theatre school.

From 1935, Söderbaum starred in a number of films with her husband, director Veit Harlan, whom she married in 1939. During World War II she acted in Nazi propaganda films. Her roles included Dorthea Sturm, the doomed heroine of the anti-semitic historical melodrama Jud Süß, who commits suicide by drowning after being coerced into having sex with the villain.

Suicide by drowning was her fate in so many films that she earned the nickname Reichswasserleiche ('Water Corpse of the Reich'). After the war Söderbaum became a noted fashion photographer. In 1983 she wrote an autobiography Nichts bleibt immer so. Her last film was with Hugh Grant in the thriller Night Train to Venice in 1994.

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