Karin Schubert

Karin Schubert (born 26 November 1944) is a German actress.[1][2] She appeared in film roles since 1970 and became a pornographic actress in the 1980s.

Karin Schubert
Schubert in The Girl in Room 2A (1974)
Born (1944-11-26) 26 November 1944 (age 77)
Other namesKarin Shubert
Karen Schubert
Karyn Schubert
Pornographic actress
Years active1967–1994
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Cinema careerEdit

Her early roles included the Spaghetti Western Compañeros (1970)[3] and Gérard Oury's film La folie des grandeurs (1971).[4][5] In 1972, she appeared in the films Bluebeard, directed by Edward Dmytryk,[6] and Yves Boisset's L'Attentat.[2] The same year, she appeared along with Edwige Fenech and Pippo Franco in the sex comedy Ubalda, All Naked and Warm.[7] She then started to appear in adventure films, especially with Italian actor George Eastman. The first film of this kind was a Three Musketeers Spaghetti Western adaptation, Tutti per uno...botte per tutti (Three Musketeers of the West) in 1973,[8] and she also appeared in the crime drama Rudeness (1975),[9] and as a Russian agent in the spy film Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident (1978) opposite Peter Graves and Curd Jürgens.[8] In 1975 she appeared in the hit film Black Emanuelle starring Laura Gemser which drew the attention of director Joe d'Amato,[10][11] and began to take part in his erotic films, including Emanuelle Around the World in 1977 where she played Cora Norman, the counterpart of Gemser.[8][12]

Gradually losing demand as an actress in the mid-1980s, she moved to Spain, but also failed to establish herself there.[13] Her personal problems also contributed to her career problems: her marriage broke down, and her son became addicted to drugs, becoming so out of control that his mother became the target of his violent outbursts.[13] To earn money for his treatment, Schubert started posing for pornographic magazines, but when the money from this ran out, in 1985 at the age of 40, she also began starring in hardcore pornography films.[13] Using her notoriety as leverage, she signed a contract with a film company that paid her an annual salary of 180,000 German marks, to perform in films mostly in Italy and West Germany.[13]

In 1994, 50-year-old Schubert left pornography, having starred in 24 films of this genre.[13] That same year she tried to commit suicide by taking barbiturates with vodka, but was rescued by neighbors.[13] Two years later, neighbors found her unresponsive in her car, having attempted suicide a second time by carbon monoxide poisoning.[13]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Karin Schubert". en.unifrance.org.
  2. ^ a b Philippe Chanoinat (2014). Louis de Funès: Rabbi Jacob à la folie !. Jungle. p. 35. ISBN 978-2-8222-1036-2.
  3. ^ Thomas Weisser (11 March 2014). Spaghetti Westerns—the Good, the Bad and the Violent: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Filmography of 558 Eurowesterns and Their Personnel, 1961–1977. McFarland. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-4766-1169-3.
  4. ^ "LA FOLIE DES GRANDEURS - Festival de Cannes". Festival de Cannes.
  5. ^ Jean-Louis Ginibre (2005). Ladies Or Gentlemen: A Pictorial History of Male Cross-dressing in the Movies. Filipacchi Publishing. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-933231-04-4.
  6. ^ Films and Filming. Hansom Books. 1972.
  7. ^ "FILM REVIEW: "UBALDA, ALL NAKED AND WARM" (1973) STARRING EDWIGE FENECH – Cinema Retro". www.cinemaretro.com.
  8. ^ a b c d JeanLuc Marret (9 June 2017). Pornification: Vie de Karin Schubert. Éditions Intervalles. p. 55. ISBN 978-2-36956-143-9.
  9. ^ a b Roberto Curti (9 October 2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968–1980. McFarland. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-4766-1208-9.
  10. ^ David Kerekes (2003). Creeping Flesh: The Horror Fantasy Film Book. Headpress. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-900486-36-1.
  11. ^ "50 Sbavature e gli altri, la parodia dei film erotici". 19 February 2016.
  12. ^ a b Louis Paul (15 November 2004). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-7864-6113-4.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Stanwyck, Johnny (May 2018). "The Sacrifice of Karin Schubert". The Grindhouse Effect. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  14. ^ Telestar.fr (29 April 2018). "Karin Schubert : dans quelle carrière improbable s'est-elle lancée après La folie des grandeurs ?".
  15. ^ "La folie des grandeurs (France 2) : l'étrange destin de Karin Schubert, de Louis De Funès au porno". 29 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Le destin tragique de Karin Schubert : de La Folie des Grandeurs au cinéma porno". 4 January 2016.
  17. ^ Ecran. Editions de l'Atlante. January 1979.
  18. ^ Epoca. November 1987.
  19. ^ Maslin, Janet (20 July 1979). "Screen: Comedy Vehicle For Laura Antonelli". The New York Times.
  20. ^ Bill Landis; Michelle Clifford (19 November 2002). Sleazoid express: a mind-twisting tour through the grindhouse cinema of Times Square. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-1583-1.
  21. ^ Oggi: settimanale di politica, attualità e cultura. Rizzoli Editore. 1983.
  22. ^ Tom Lisanti; Louis Paul (2002). Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962–1973. McFarland. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8.
  23. ^ Michael Weldon (1996). The Psychotronic Video Guide. Titan Books. ISBN 978-1-85286-770-6.

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