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Karen Allen Biography
Karen Allen is an American film and stage actress. In 1978, after making her film debut in Animal House.
She became best known for her portrayal of Marion Ravenwood opposite Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981. She later reprises the role for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. She also co-starred in Starman in 1984 and Scrooged in 1988. Her stage work has included performances on Broadway.
Karen Allen Age
Karen was born on October 5, 1951. She is
Karen Allen Net Worth
Karen has a net worth of $10 million dollars as of 2018.
Karen Allen Husband/Son
Allen married actor Kale Browne in 1988. The couple had a son, Nicholas born in 1990. In 1998, the couple divorced. Allen took small roles on TV and films so as to take care of her son. Nicholas became a personal chef and won a Chopped competition on the Food Network, aired on December 22, 2016.
Karen Allen Personal Life
In 2003, Allen started her own textile company after she developed an affinity for knitting. It was named Karen Allen Fiber Arts, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Allen knits with a Japanese-made knitting machine the items that the company sells. She was awarded an honorary master’s degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009 for her work in the textile arts. Allen teaches acting at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, located in Great Barrington. She currently lives in Massachusetts and also teaches yoga.
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Karen Allen Education
In 1987, Allen states that she was always a new kid in school because her father’s job forced the family to move often. Allen felt that she and her two sisters grew up in a very female-dominated household. She says her father was very much involved in the family. At 17 years, after she graduated from DuVal High School, in Lanham, Maryland. She moved to New York City to study art and design at Fashion Institute of Technology for two years.
Allen later ran a boutique on the University of Maryland campus. She spent time traveling through South and Central Asia. She attended George Washington University and began to study and perform with the experimental company. The Washington Theatre Laboratory, in Washington, D.C. Allen joined Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts in 1974. She moved back to New York City and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute three years later.
Karen Allen Career/Movies
In 1978, she made her major film debut in National Lampoon’s Animal House. In 1979, followed her next two film appearances in The Wanderers and in 1980 A Small Circle of Friends. Here she played one of three radical college students during the 1960s. In 1979, she appeared as a guest star pilot episode of the long-running CBS series Knots Landing. She also played Annie Fairgate, the daughter of Don Murray’s character Sid Fairgate and Sid’s first wife Susan Philby.
Her career-changing role came with the blockbuster hit Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, directed by Steven Spielberg. She played the love interest of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford); a feisty heroine Marion Ravenwood. Allen won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance. After a few minor films, including leading roles in the dramatic thriller Split Image in 1982. It was directed by Ted Kotcheff and the Paris-set romantic drama Until September in 1984, directed by Richard Marquand as well as other stage appearances.
She co-starred with Jeff Bridges in the science fiction film Starman in 1984. Allen debuted on Broadway in the 1982 production The Monday After The Miracle. She played the lead in the off-Broadway play Extremities. A physically demanding role about a woman who turns the tables on a would-be rapist who attacks her in 1983. She often took breaks from movie roles to concentrate on stage acting. Allen appeared as Laura in the Paul Newman-directed film version of the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie.
She was with John Malkovich and Joanne Woodward, in 1987. Allen returned to the big screen as Bill Murray’s long-lost love, Claire, in the Christmas comedy Scrooged in 1988. She portrayed the doomed crew member Christa McAuliffe in the television movie Challenger in 1990. It was based on the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. She appeared in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X in 1992, in a small supporting role. In The Perfect Storm in 2000 and In the Bedroom in 2001.
She made guest appearances on Law & Order in 1996 and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2001. She also starred in the short-lived series The Road Home in 1994. She portrayed Dr. Clare Burton in the video game Ripper in 1996. She played the role of Betty Lowe in “Unfinished Business” in 2014 the 13th episode of the 4th season of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods. For the 2008 sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Allen reprised her best-known role as Marion Ravenwood in which she renews her relationship with Indiana Jones.
She reveals to him that they have a son named Henry Jones III. Their son named himself Mutt Williams, played by Shia LaBeouf. Allen starred in Jon Fosse’s A Summer Day the American premiere at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, which opened in October 2012. Allen has a long-standing relationship with the Berkshire Theater Group. She appeared in the play Two for the Seesaw at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1981.
She has also appeared in summer production of the nearby Williamstown Theater Festival. Allen directed Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune for the Berkshire Theater Group in August 2015. Allen made her movie directing debut with the short film, A Tree in 2016. A Rock, A Cloud, from the short story by Carson McCullers. In March 2017 it won the Best International Short at the Manchester Film Festival. Allen in 2017’s A Year by the Sea, a film based on The New York Times bestselling memoir by Joan Anderson, played the lead role.