Devera Burstein Kettner, a former actress and model who once managed the
Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Mrs. Kettner was a famous beauty who
graduated from Lowell High School and worked as a professional fashion
She acted in local small theater productions and then moved to Southern
California, where she studied theater at the Pasadena Playhouse. She soon
got a number of bit parts in movies.
Her big break came in 1949, when, under her screen name Devera Burton, she
landed a starring role in the South Seas epic "Omoo-Omoo the Shark God,"
which was loosely based on a novel by Herman Melville. The movie remains a
minor cult classic still available on videotape. After the film, she gave up
her screen career to marry the late Max Kettner and move to New York.