German Actresses Who Starred in Hollywood Movies

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Famous German Actresses in America

Who are the most famous German actresses?

Diane Kruger

Who is Diane Kruger?

Diane Kruger was in 1976 and is a former German model and internationally well-known actress. After working as a model in Paris, she took acting classes and started her movie career. Diane Kruger’s major breakthrough came in 2004 when she was the German actress in Troy (Helen of Troy), a movie by Wolfgang Petersen.

She is fluent in German, French, and English. Between 2001 and 2006, Diane Kruger was married with French actor Guillaume Canet and between 2006 2016 in a relationship with US-actor Joshua Jackson. Diane Kruger is currently dating American actor and model Norman Reedus with whom she has a son.

Diane Kruger movies in Hollywood: Troy (2004), Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Karoline Herfurth

Karoline Herfurth was born in 1984. The German actress started her movie career at the age of ten in a tv film called Ferien jenseits des Mondes (1995) ( = Holidays beyond the moon). She had her major breakthrough in Germany with the movie Mädchen, Mächen ( = Girls, girls) in 2001 and became internationally known in her role as the Mirabelle maiden in the very successful movie The Perfume from 2004.

Between 2011 and 2012, Karoline Herfurth was advertising figurehead of the women perfume from Jil Sander.

Karoline Herfurth movies in Hollywood: The Reader (2008), Passion (2012).

Franka Potente

Who is Franka Potente?

Franka Potente was born in 1974. The German actress played her first leading role in the movie Nach Fünf im Urwald ( = After five (o’clock) in the jungle) in 1995 but had her major breakthrough with the movie Run Lola run in 1998. Since 2002, she was part of the Bourne movie series with Matt Damon.

Between 1998 and 2002, Franka Potente was in a relationship with Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer. Since 2012, she is married to US actor Derek Richardson with whom she has two daughters.

Franka Potente movies in Hollywood: The Bourne Identity (2002), Shanghai (2010).

Heike Makatsch

Heike Makatsch was born in 1971. She is not only one of the most famous German actresses, but also a singer and former tv presenter for the music channel VIVA. Her first movie role was in the German film Männerpension ( = Men pension). Internationally, Heike Makatsch became famous with the movies Resident Evil and was also one of the actors in Love Actually.

Between 1996 and 2004, Makatsch was in a relationship with James Bond actor Daniel Craig. She has two daughters with musician Max Schröder and one daughter with German actor Trystan Pütter.

Heike Makatsch movies in Hollywood: Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004).

Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann was born in 1945. The French-German actress was already a celebrated child player in Germany. In 1961, she became internationally well-known for starring in a movie called Town Without Pity next to Kirk Douglas. While shooting the movie Laras Bulba in 1962, Hollywood actor Tony Curtis and Christine Kaufmann started a relationship which ended up in a marriage in 1963. After the divorce in 1968, Kaufmann continued her career as an actress in Germany. She died in 2017.

Christine Kaufmann was three times married and had two daughters together with her first husband Tony Curtis.

Christine Kaufmann movies in Hollywood: Town Without Pity (1960), Wild and Wonderful (1964).

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich was born in 1901. She was one of the first German actresses and singers, who became worldwide famous. Her typical characteristics were her long legs, trouser suits and her husky voice, which altogether made her become a famous fashion icon in the early 20th century. Her major breakthrough came with the German 1930s movie Der blaue Engel ( = The blue angel). She emigrated to the USA in the 1930s and started her Hollywood career in 1930 with the movie Morocco next to Gary Cooper.

Until she was 75 years old, Marlene Dietrich was touring around the world. She was starring in her last movie in 1978 next to David Bowie.

Marlene Dietrich died in 1992. She had one daughter called Maria Riva, born in 1924, who was also a film actress.

Marlene Dietrich movies in Hollywood: Destry Rides Again (1939), A Foreign Affair (1948).

Marlene Dietrich songs: Lili Marlene, Falling in Love Again.

Featured image (cropped): Marlene Dietrich – Don English; Paramount Pictures (Wikimedia) – Public Domain
May 29, 2017
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