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- Karen Jane Allen
- Carrollton IL
- United States
- Still looks great at 60 plus fun to watch on tv.
- Only did a few movies with a breif nudity. show us the good karen!
Karen Allen Early Life
Allen was born in Carrollton, rural central Illinois, the daughter of Patricia A. (née Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. Allen spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. After graduating from DuVal Senior High School, in Lanham, MD at 17, she moved to New York to study art and design at Fashion Institute of Technology. She later attended the University of Maryland, College Park and spent time traveling through South and Central America. In 1974, Allen joined a theater group and three years later moved back to New York and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
Karen Allen Career
In 1978, Allen made her major film debut in National Lampoon's Animal House. Her next two appearances were in The Wanderers in 1979 and A Small Circle of Friends in 1980, where she played one of three radical college students during the 1960s. The United Artists-release of that film received only limited theatrical exposure, ultimately grossing under $1 million. Her next big role came with Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), in which she played the feisty heroine Marion Ravenwood. Allen won a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a film for her role in the film.
Allen also debuted on Broadway in 1982's The Monday After The Miracle. After a few small films including Until September (1984), directed by Richard Marquand, and other stage appearances, she made the successful science fiction film Starman (1984). She often took breaks from movie roles to concentrate on stage acting.
1988 saw Allen return as Bill Murray's long-lost love Claire Philips in the Christmas comedy Scrooged. In 1990, she also portrayed crew member Christa McAuliffe in the controversial television movie Challenger, based on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Allen subsequently appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992), The Perfect Storm (2000), and In the Bedroom (2001), and made guest appearances on television's Law & Order (1996) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2001). She also starred in the short-lived series The Road Home (1994), and portrayed the character of Dr. Clare Burton in the video game Ripper (1996).
On July 26, 2007, at ComicCon 2007 it was revealed that she will once again portray Marion Ravenwood in the upcoming sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. An on-set photo of Karen with director Steven Spielberg has been posted on The Official Indiana Jones Website.
Karen Allen Personal Life
After dating Patrick Moore, Allen then in 1988 married actor Kale Browne (who portrayed Christa McAuliffe's husband, Steven, in Challenger) and gave birth to a son, Nicholas, in 1990. The couple divorced in 1998.
After giving birth, Allen took smaller roles in TV and films in order to concentrate on raising Nicholas. Given her affinity for knitting, in 2003 she started her own textile company, Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She also teaches acting at Simon's Rock College of Bard, which is also located in Great Barrington.