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Birth information

5 October 1951 Carrollton, Illinois, USA

Given Name

Karen Jane Allen

How tall is Karen Allen?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Kale Browne

Life Story of Karen Allen

Karen Jane Allen was born in Carrollton, rural southern Illinois, to Patricia (Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. She spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. She was always "the new girl in school." Acting did not really cross Allen's mind until she was in her early 20s, when she saw a Jerzy Grotowski theater production that impressed her so much, she instantly decided to give it a shot. She trained as a classical actress and enrolled at the Actors Studio and with Lee Strasberg in New York City. During this period, she made several student films and directed and acted in several plays. In 1976, she made her first film appearance in the award-winning small film The Whidjitmaker (1976).

Her first major film role came as Katy in 1978's National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), which became one of the biggest hits of the year, obtained "classic" status, and launched a whole host of young "hot" stars. However, shortly after National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) opened, Allen was struck by a rare and dangerous eyesight condition called keratoconjunctivitis. Luckily, the condition...

What movies did Karen Allen play or participate?

Directors Filmography
A Tree a Rock a Cloud (2017) ,
Actors Filmography
Unsinkable (2020) Nancy Smith, Colewell (2019) Nora, Year by the Sea (2016) Joan, Bad Hurt (2015) Elaine Kendall, Blue Bloods (2014) Betty Lowe, The Tin Star (2012) Eliza Flynn, November Christmas (2010) Claire Sanford, White Irish Drinkers (2010) Margaret, A Dog Year (2009) Paula, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Marion Ravenwood, When Will I Be Loved (2004) Alexandra Barrie, Poster Boy (2004) Eunice Kray, The Root (2003) , Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni...

Birth information

5 October 1951 Carrollton, Illinois, USA

Given Name

Karen Jane Allen

How tall is Karen Allen?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Kale Browne

Life Story of Karen Allen

Karen Jane Allen was born in Carrollton, rural southern Illinois, to Patricia (Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. She spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. She was always "the new girl in school." Acting did not really cross Allen's mind until she was in her early 20s, when she saw a Jerzy Grotowski theater production that impressed her so much, she instantly decided to give it a shot. She trained as a classical actress and enrolled at the Actors Studio and with Lee Strasberg in New York City. During this period, she made several student films and directed and acted in several plays. In 1976, she made her first film appearance in the award-winning small film The Whidjitmaker (1976).

Her first major film role came as Katy in 1978's National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), which became one of the biggest hits of the year, obtained "classic" status, and launched a whole host of young "hot" stars. However, shortly after National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) opened, Allen was struck by a rare and dangerous eyesight condition called keratoconjunctivitis. Luckily, the condition...

What movies did Karen Allen play or participate?

Directors Filmography
A Tree a Rock a Cloud (2017) ,
Actors Filmography
Unsinkable (2020) Nancy Smith, Colewell (2019) Nora, Year by the Sea (2016) Joan, Bad Hurt (2015) Elaine Kendall, Blue Bloods (2014) Betty Lowe, The Tin Star (2012) Eliza Flynn, November Christmas (2010) Claire Sanford, White Irish Drinkers (2010) Margaret, A Dog Year (2009) Paula, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Marion Ravenwood, When Will I Be Loved (2004) Alexandra Barrie, Poster Boy (2004) Eunice Kray, The Root (2003) , Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni...

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Graduated from DuVal High School in Glenndale, Maryland, in 1969.

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Bill Murray and Karen Allen in Die Geister, die ich rief... (1988)

Son, Nicholas Browne, was born on September 14, 1990.

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Karen Allen in Die Geister, die ich rief... (1988)

Lived with musician Stephen Bishop.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Overcame temporary blindness caused by keratoconjunctivitis in 1978. She later won major theater awards for playing a blind woman in "Monday Before the Miracle" and "The Miracle Worker.".

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Voted one of the most beautiful women in the world by the readers of Harper's Bazaar magazine in 1983.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Considered for the role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), later cast in the George Lucas-produced Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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Karen Allen, Jeff Bridges, and Charles Martin Smith in Starman (1984)

Parents: Carroll Thompson Allen (FBI agent) and Patricia A. Howell (schoolteacher).

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Has two sisters.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Studied in the Washington Theater Laboratory.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Has a major in design from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

In 1995 she founded Berkshire Mountain Yoga in Massachusetts.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

She designs clothes for her own clothing label, Image.

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Karen Allen, Jeff Bridges, Jerry Gatlin, Jeff Ramsey, and Ted White in Starman (1984)

She inaugurated her own knitwear design studio in 2004 in Massachusetts: Karen Allen Fiber Arts.

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Karen Allen in Starman (1984)

Member of a notable group of Lee Strasberg alumni: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, and Matt Zemlin, among others.

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Karen Allen, Jeff Bridges, Dirk Blocker, and M.C. Gainey in Starman (1984)

An accomplished hand-knitting fanatic, Allen runs her own knitwear design studio, Karen Allen Fiber Arts. [November 2004]

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

She teaches yoga.

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Karen Allen in Starman (1984)

She auditioned for the role of Elvira Hancock in Scarface (1983).

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

She was considered for the role of Dorothy Valance in Blue Velvet (1986).

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Karen Allen in Starman (1984)

She is of Irish, Scottish, English, and Welsh descent.

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Was famously tied up and had her mouth gagged in both the "Indiana Jones" movies she appeared in: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

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Karen Allen in Starman (1984)

She has appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), Manhattan (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Malcolm X (1992).

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Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984)

Former student of New York acting teacher David Gideon, when she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute.

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Karen Allen in The Wanderers - Terror in der Bronx (1979)

Born on the same date as Bob Geldof.

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Karen Allen, John Friedrich, Toni Kalem, etc.

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Karen Allen in The Wanderers - Terror in der Bronx (1979)

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Karen Allen, John Friedrich, and Ken Wahl in The Wanderers - Terror in der Bronx (1979)

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Karen Allen and Toni Kalem in The Wanderers - Terror in der Bronx (1979)

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Karen Allen and Justin Rosniak in Harrys größter Coup (1991)

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Karen Allen, Bryan Brown, Bill Kerr, etc.

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Karen Allen in Jäger des verlorenen Schatzes (1981)

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Karen Allen in Jäger des verlorenen Schatzes (1981)

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Karen Allen in Jäger des verlorenen Schatzes (1981)

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Karen Allen, George Harris, and Wolf Kahler in Jäger des verlorenen Schatzes (1981)

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Karen Allen and Ted White in Starman (1984)

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Karen Allen, Jeff Bridges, and Ted White in Starman (1984)

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Karen Allen, Diane Keaton, Tina Yothers, etc.

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Karen Allen and Thierry Lhermitte in Liebe ohne Ausweg (1984)

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Karen Allen and Thierry Lhermitte in Liebe ohne Ausweg (1984)

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Karen Allen and Thierry Lhermitte in Liebe ohne Ausweg (1984)

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Karen Allen, Christopher Cazenove, and Thierry Lhermitte in Liebe ohne Ausweg (1984)

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Karen Allen and Thierry Lhermitte in Liebe ohne Ausweg (1984)

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Karen Allen and Thierry Lhermitte in Liebe ohne Ausweg (1984)

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Karen Allen and Brad Davis in Unter guten Freunden (1980)

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Karen Allen and Jameson Parker in Unter guten Freunden (1980)

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Karen Allen, Brad Davis, and Jameson Parker in Unter guten Freunden (1980)

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