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      Boris Karloff (1887-1969)
   

Stage name of William Henry Pratt. Born in England, emigrated to Canada in 1909 and thereafter to the U.S.  Karloff starred in a series of movies in which he played the Frankenstein monster.

Elia Kazan (1909-   )
     Theatrical and motion picture director. On Broadway he directed, "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Death of a Salesman." Kazan Academy Awards for "Gentleman’s Agreement," and "On the Waterfront." Born in Turkey, of Greek parents. He helped found the Actors’ Studio in New York and was artistic director of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company. His novel, "America, America," was made into a film.

Alexander Kerensky (1881-1970)
     After the overthrow of the Russian Czar in 1917, Kerensky established a short-lived democratic government. As prime minister, Kerensky was unable to stem the growing anarchy in Russia. he proclaimed a republic in 1917, but by November 7th the Bolsheviks took power. Kerensky fled to London, later settling in the United States.

Eric Knight (1897-1943)
     Novelist who wrote "This Above All" and "Lassie Come Home." The latter was made into a motion picture and was the basis for a television series. Born in Yorkshire, England. Came to the U.S. in 1912, became a citizen in 1942. A major in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was killed in an airplane crash.

Kurt Koffka (1886-1941)
     A co-founder of the Gestalt school of psychology. Born in Germany, came to the U.S. in 1924. he was a psychology professor at Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin, and Smith College.

Wolgang Kohler (1887-1967)
     Psychologist who, along with Kurt Koffka and Max Wertheimer, was a founder of Gestalt psychology. Born in Estonia. In 1935 he came to the U.S. and was a professor at Swathmore College. He was a member of the faculty at Princeton and Dartmouth.Kurt Koffka (1886-1941) A co-founder of the Gestalt school of psychology. Born in Germany, came to U.S. in 1924. He was a psychology professor at Cornell, the University of Wisconsin, and Smith College.

Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
     Composer of operas and other works. Born in Austria. Came to U.S. in 1934 and went to Hollywood to compose music for the movies. He received Academy Awards for "Anthony Adverse" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood."

Andre Kostelanetz (1901-   )
     Orchestral conductor who became widely known through recordings and appearances on radio and television. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Came to the U.S. in 1922, became a citizen in 1928. He specialized in light classical and symphonic arrangements of popular music.

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
     Virtuoso violinist and composer. Born in Vienna, Austria. Settled in the U.S. in 1943 and became a citizen in 1943.s. He received Academy Awards for "Anthony Adverse" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood."





   
Based on Eric Knight's novel, "Lassie Come Home," starring Roddy Mcdowel and Elizabeth Taylor, was one of the greatest tearjerkers
 of all time.