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Kristina Soderbaum
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    (September 5, 1912-February 12, 2001)
    Born in Stockholm, Sweden
    Birth name was Beata Margareta Kristina Soderbaum
    Appeared in the films 'Jugend' ('Youth,' 1938), 'The Immortal Heart' (1939), 'Jud Suss' ('The Jew Suss,' 1940), 'Der grosse Konig' ('The Great King,' 1942), 'Die goldene Stadt' ('The Golden City,' 1942), 'Opfergang' ('The Great Sacrifice,' 1944), 'Kolberg' (1945), 'Hanna Amon' (1951), 'Circus Girl' (1953), 'The Maharajah's Blonde' (1962), 'Karl May' (1976), 'Let's Go Crazy' (1988) and 'Night Train to Vienna' (1996)
    Most of her screen appearances were in films directed by her husband, Veit Harlan.
    She appeared in several Nazi propaganda films, most notoriously 'Jud Suss,' a film so antisemitic, it was made required viewing for the SS.
    After WWII, she claimed she had been forced to make propaganda films, but she had actually campaigned to be cast in 'Jud Suss.'
    Her characters committed suicide by drowning so often, she was dubbed Reichswasserleiche (the National Drowned Corpse).
    'The Guardian' claimed that in interviews she came off as 'none too bright.'
    Her father Henrik was a prominent scientist who headed the committee that handed out the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
    She was one of the few leading ladies in Nazi Germany who did not sleep with Joseph Goebbels.
    After Harlan's death (1964), she largely retired from films and started a second career as a fashion photographer.
    'The Guardian' wrote that she avoided 'the agitated defensiveness' of Leni Riefenstahl.

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