Ursula Karven

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Ursula Karven
Karven at the 31 May 2012 Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis
Ursula Ganzenmüller

(1964-09-17) September 17, 1964 (age 55)
OccupationActress, writer, model, yoga instructor
Years active1982–present
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s)James Veres

Ursula Karven, previously Ursula Karven-Veres (born Ursula Ganzenmüller 17 September 1964 in Ulm) is a German actress, writer, model and yoga instructor.

Karven has acted in numerous German television films and series.

On June 16, 2001, Karven made international headlines when her four-year-old son, Daniel, drowned at a birthday party in the swimming pool of American musician Tommy Lee in Santa Monica.[1]

She was married to James Veres and has two other children.[2]

Karven began practicing yoga when she was 30, and has published several books and DVDs promoting and demonstrating yoga-based exercises.[3][4]


Ursula Ganzenmüller, later known by the stage name of Ursula Karven, was born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, on 17 September 1964. Her big screen debut came in 1984, at age 20, with the participation in film Ein irres Feeling, directed by Nikolai Müllerschön.

In 1986, she appeared for the first time on television in an episode of the thirteenth season of the television series Derrick, titled "The Eyewitness" (Der Augenzeuge).

In 1994 she participated in the television series Elbflorenz, in which she plays the role of Katja Böhling.

In June 2001, her son Daniel (born in 1997 and had since lived with James Veres) drowned in the pool of the villa musician Tommy Lee (husband of Pamela Anderson) in Santa Monica during a birthday party. Lee ended up on trial for negligence and was later acquitted.

The following year she returned to cinema and was devoted to films such as criminal Impact. Later, in 2006, she was the star of the television series M.E.T.R.O. – Ein Team auf Leben und Tod, where she played the role of Katharina Hansen.

In 2012, at age 47, she posed for the cover of Playboy magazine.[5]

The following year she starred in the TV movie Nicht mit mir, Liebling. In the film, directed by Thomas Nennstiel, the actress plays the role of Nina von der Heyden.

Personal life

Ursula Karven lived with her family for a few years in Florida and later lived on the island of Majorca, Spain.[6] As well as acting, Karven markets her own line of baby products and a maternity clothing range called "Bellybutton".[7] In 2010 she moved from Mallorca to Berlin.

She is the former wife of producer James Veres, who, in addition to Daniel, has two other sons, Christopher (born in 1994) and Liam Taj (born in 2003).[2]


  • 1982: Neonstadt
  • 1984: Ein irres Feeling
  • 1986–1992: Derrick (TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1987: Beule oder wie man einen Tresor knackt
  • 1989–1990: Das Erbe der Guldenburgs (TV series, 5 episodes)
  • 1990: Blaues Blut [fr] (TV series, 7 episodes)
  • 1990: La Misère des riches [fr] (TV series)
  • 1990: Fire, Ice and Dynamite
  • 1990: Extralarge (Episode: Moving Target)
  • 1994: Elbflorenz (TV series)
  • 1996: Hart to Hart: Harts in High Season (TV film)
  • 1996: Tatort: Bei Auftritt Mord
  • 1998: Rosamunde Pilcher (TV series, episode: Dornen im Tal der Blumen)
  • 1998: Ich schenk dir meinen Mann
  • 1999: Liebe ist stärker als der Tod
  • 2000: Feindliche Schwestern – Wenn aus Liebe Hass wird
  • 2000: Autsch, du Fröhliche
  • 2001: Delta Team – Auftrag geheim! (TV series, episode: Unsichtbare Gegner)
  • 2001: Holiday Affair
  • 2001: Balko (TV series, episode: Für ein paar Dollar mehr)
  • 2001: Der Club der grünen Witwen
  • 2002: Vater braucht eine Frau
  • 2002: Con Express
  • 2002: Familie XXL
  • 2003: Before I Say Goodbye
  • 2003: Denninger – Der Mallorcakrimi (Episode: Doppeltes Spiel)
  • 2004: Die Kommissarin (TV series, episode: Schwarze Lieben, roter Tod)
  • 2005: Ein Fall für zwei (TV series, episode: Juwelen)
  • 2005: Tote leben länger
  • 2005–2008: Tatort (TV series, 6 episodes)
  • 2006: M.E.T.R.O. – Ein Team auf Leben und Tod (TV series, 10 episodes)
  • 2008: Ein starkes Team (TV series, episode: Freundinnen)
  • 2008: Stille Post
  • 2009: Vulkan [de]
  • 2010: Der letzte Patriarch
  • 2011: Mein Herz in Malaysia
  • 2012: Nicht mit mir, Liebling
  • 2012: Mein Herz in Malaysia
  • 2012: Stuttgart Homicide (TV series, episode: Um Haaresbreite)
  • 2013: Hattinger und die kalte Hand – Ein Chiemseekrimi
  • 2013: Wer liebt, lässt los
  • 2013: Eine unbeliebte Frau
  • 2014: Katie Fforde: By Your Side [de]
  • 2014: Der Weg nach San Jose
  • 2015: Katie Fforde: A Christmas Miracle in New York
  • 2016: Katie Fforde: Why Did I Say Yes?


  • 2003: Yoga für die Seele
  • 2005: Sina und die Yogakatze
  • 2006: Das große Babybuch
  • 2006: Das große Schwangerschaftsbuch
  • 2007: Sinas Yogakatze und der singende Weihnachtsbaum
  • 2007: Yoga für Dich
  • 2007: yoga für dich und überall, Gräfe und Unzer, München; 1. Auflage 2007, ISBN 978-3-8338-0762-6
  • 2009: Yoga del Mar – Power Yoga II
  • 2011: Mein Kochbuch für Kochmuffel
  • 2013: Loslassen Yoga-Weisheiten für dich und überall

See also


  1. Ryan, Harriet (2003-04-17). "Tommy Lee cleared in boy's drowning death". Court TV at CNN. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  2. 1 2 "Schauspielerin will neues Leben beginnen Ursula Karven: 3. Sohn". Berliner Kurier (in German). 2003-09-18. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  3. Posdorf, Cordula (2009-12-14). "Yoga-DVD von Ursula Karven "Yoga del mar"Mit Power-Yoga zur Traumfigur". Bild. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  4. Dangman, Madelne (30 May 2016). "Yoga-DVD von Ursula Karven "Yoga, heiße Zitrone, Wasser und Vitamine". Die Welt. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  5. "Mit 47 Jahren!Ursula Karven räkelt sich im "Playboy"". Focus (in German). 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  6. "Schauspielerin Ursula Karven startet durch". Mallorca Zeitung. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2016-09-01. "In Los Angeles, wo Ursula Karven zwölf Jahre gelebt hat, bevor sie vor drei Jahren nach Mallorca zog,[...]"
  7. Obschinsky, Lena (2014-01-07). "Investor schluckt Promi-BabyladenAusverkauf bei Bellybutton". Bild. Retrieved 2016-09-01.


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