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Karen Jane Allen (born October 5, 1951) is an American actress. She played Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Allen has also had roles in films such as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Wanderers (1979), Cruising (1980), Starman (1984), Scrooged (1988), The Sandlot (1993), and Poster Boy (2004). Wikipedia

Quick Facts

Birth date: October 5, 1951
Birth place: Carrollton, Illinois, United States
Height:5' 5" (1.65 m)
Profession:Actress, Soundtrack
Spouse:Kale Browne (m. 1988–1998)
Children:Nicholas Browne
Books:The Human-animal Bond
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She was considered for the role of Dorothy Valance in Blue Velvet (1986).
2She auditioned for the role of Elvira Hancock in Scarface (1983).
3She teaches yoga.
4An accomplished hand knitting fanatic, Karen runs her own knitwear design studio, "Karen Allen Fibre Arts". [November 2004]
5Member of a notable Lee Strasberg alumni: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Matt Zemlin and others.
6She inaugurated her own knitwear design studio in 2004 in Massachussets: Karen Allen - Fiber Arts.
7She designs clothes for her own clothing label Image.
8In 1995 she founded the Berkshire Mountain Yoga in Massachussets.
9Has a major in Design by New York's Fashion Institute of Technology.
10Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
11Studied in the Washington Theater Laboratory.
12Graduated in 1969 from the DuVal High School in Glenndale Maryland.
13Has two sisters.
14Parents: Carroll Thompson Allen (F.B.I. Agent) and Patricia A. Howell (school teacher).
15Considered 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).
16Voted one of the most beautiful women in the world by the readers of Harpers Bazaar Magazine in 1983.
17Overcame temporary blindness caused by Kerato Conjunctivitis in 1978. She later won major theatre awards for playing a blind woman in "Monday Before the Miracle" and "Miracle Worker, The".
18Lived with musician Stephen Bishop.
19Son, Nicholas, born on September 14th 1990.
20Graduated from DuVal High School in Glenndale Maryland in 1969.


Quotes

#Quote
1I just felt like I had to create a life for myself where I was more independent. Where what I was doing in my life was so interesting I could literally put my whole acting life on the back burner because I was so fascinated by what was right in front of me. And that was the only thing that felt healthy to me. Short of that, I felt like somebody who was waiting for the phone to ring.
2I'm from a generation of fantastic actresses. It's a big pool of really wonderful actresses, and so many of them we never even get to see on the screen anymore.
3(On ageing) I was in that kind of real weird transitional period there. I was in my late 40s, early 50s, and it's a strange little place that you can fall into. These days all somebody has to do is Google you and they know how old you are. I would show up for roles that were written for somebody in their early 50s, and people would say, 'You can't do that, you look too young,' but if I showed up for a role for somebody in their early 40s then the people would say, 'Well, but she's 50.'
4(Asked if she had any disagreements with Richard Donner on Scrooged (1988)) Only a few. Every single minute of the day. That could have been a really, really great movie. The script was so good. There's maybe one take in the final cut movie that is mine. We made it so fast, it was like doing a movie live. He kept telling me to do things louder, louder, louder. I think he was deaf.
5(On working with Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)) We're both older, and I've done other films like this. So I kind of come into it just so much more relaxed and open-minded. I already know what kind of film we're making.
6(On John Carpenter) John is a really nice guy. The people working with him have a really nice thing going. They've developed this strong support system. He has chosen a good group of people. They stay with him film after film. They can bounce things off of each other in order to get the film made. I had a good time making Starman (1984).
7(How she got Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)) I was working on a television miniseries of East of Eden, and we were up somewhere in Napa. And he sent a courier to my hotel room, who had to sit in my room the whole time I read the script, and then took the script away.
8I get recognized for Animal House (1978) a lot. That film is huge, too. That film has aged very well. People are still watching that film. I saw it not that long ago. It's just one of those films that seems as much fun now as when we made it. There's a whole huge Starman (1984) contingent as well. Believe it or not, there are people who have a little obsession with Starman (1984).
9(On Steven Spielberg) He thought, 'She's such a nice person, I have to toughen her up." And I think he often, from my perspective, was not very nice to me, and I think there was a method in his madness.
10(On Steven Spielberg') I didn't quite get all the time what he was going for in certain ways, and he didn't quite get me, how I worked. I was kind of a much more internally oriented actor, and at times he wanted me to be much more external than I was being.
11(On The Wanderers (1979)) I love that picture. It's not my book, and I don't care. The spirit is right, and the way Phil Kaufman directed it showed me another way of looking at my own book.
12(On her diagnosis with EKC) I didn't know whether I was going to get my eyesight back, and I was pretty frightened.
13(On Animal House (1978)) I think I auditioned five times for that role. And nobody but John Landis and the casting directors wanted me. Well, I think Harold Ramis liked me, too. But nobody at Universal wanted me because they wanted someone with more experience, someone who had more credits. Someone they could point to as more of a star.
14(On whether she was considered for Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)) I think that's not true. I don't know where that ever came from. Because when Star Wars was being made I had never done a film in my life. I was either still living in Washington, D.C., working in the theater or had just moved to New York and working in theater there, too. I had heard that rumour but I just can't imagine anybody knew who I was.
15(On Donald Sutherland and her nude scene in Animal House (1978)) I thought he was so sweet to do that, so I sort of let go of my objections and said, 'Okay, if Donald Sutherland is going to bare his bottom, by golly, I'll bare mine too!'
16When one film is enormously successful, you get so identified with that film until you're in another film that is equally successful or more successful. Well, it's pretty difficult to make a film that's going to be more successful than Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
17I've always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I'll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life.
18[on the difference between Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)] Crystal Skull was more low tech than you might think, although we did do some green screen on it, but not that much. I guess that is the difference, there wasn't that type of special effects in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). CGI [Computer Generated Imagery] didn't exist.
19As far as acting in films, there is not much out there that is very interesting to do. The ones that are interesting to me are independent films and they have trouble raising money. With people putting their money into blockbusters, there is not much left for the independents.
20It's a very instinctual relationship, a reaction to something in the script. I read a script and ask myself, "Is this a story I want to tell?" An actor is really a storyteller and sometimes the story being told is as important as the character in the story. Sometimes, I look at a character and say, "I don't know the first thing about this person, who she is and where she's coming from." That fascinates me. I know in order to get there I have to do my work, to think through in psychological terms who this person is and examine her whole thinking process. Sometimes you recognize certain elements of yourself that you didn't know were there. I also write biographies of my characters ever since Animal House (1978). I even do some research into the background if it's important. I create the character's history, who's her family and other things. It really does help.
21I don't know if I've ever played a character who's close to me. There have been some elements of myself in different roles. Sometimes, I show one side of myself and then completely conceal the other.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Best EnsembleBest Actors Film FestivalFeature DramedyYear by the Sea (2016)· Yannick Bisson
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Michael Cristofer
· Celia Imrie
2016Festival PrizeHamilton Film Festival, CABest ActressYear by the Sea (2016)
2016Jury ChoiceHamilton Film Festival, CABest ActressYear by the Sea (2016)
2016NIFFNaperville Independent Film FestivalBest ActressYear by the Sea (2016)
2016Renaissance AwardPort Townsend Film FestivalBest ActorYear by the Sea (2016)
2016Vision AwardRhode Island International Film FestivalBest ActorYear by the Sea (2016)
2016Women in Film AwardSt. Louis International Film FestivalYear by the Sea (2016)
2016Vanguard AwardVail Film FestivalBest ActorYear by the Sea (2016)
1982Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)· Harrison Ford
1990Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera)The Glass Menagerie (1987)
1988Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleThe Glass Menagerie (1987)
1985Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressStarman (1984)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Year by the Sea2016Joan
Bad Hurt2015Elaine Kendall
Blue Bloods2014TV SeriesBetty Lowe
The Tin Star2012TV MovieEliza Flynn
November Christmas2010TV MovieClaire Sanford
White Irish Drinkers2010Margaret
A Dog Year2009Paula (voice)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull2008Marion Ravenwood
When Will I Be Loved2004Alexandra Barrie
Poster Boy2004Eunice Kray
The Root2003/I
Briar Patch2003Butcher Lee
Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update2003Video shortKaty Schoenstein
Shaka Zulu: The Citadel2001TV MovieKatherine Farewell
World Traveler2001Delores
My Horrible Year!2001TV MovieBelinda Faulkner
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2001TV SeriesPaula Varney
In the Bedroom2001Marla Keyes
The Perfect Storm2000Melissa Brown
Wind River2000Martha (Wilson)
The Basket1999Bessie Emery
Falling Sky1998Resse Nicholson
All the Winters That Have Been1997TV MovieHannah Raven
'Til There Was You1997Betty Dawkan
Ripper1996Video GameDr. Clare Burton
Law & Order1996TV SeriesJudith Sandler
Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story1996TV MovieMargaret
The Road Home1994TV SeriesAlison Matson
Ghost in the Machine1993Terry Munroe
Voyage1993TV MovieCatherine 'Kit' Norvell
King of the Hill1993Miss Mathey
The Sandlot1993Mom
Rapture1993TV MovieGeorgianne Corcoran
Nonesense and Lullabyes: Poems1992Video
Malcolm X1992Miss Dunne
The Turning1992Glory Lawson
Nonesense and Lullabyes: Nursery Rhymes1992Video
Sweet Talker1991Julie Maguire
Secret Weapon1990TV MovieRuth
Challenger1990TV MovieChrista McAuliffe
Animal Behavior1989Alex Bristow
Scrooged1988Claire Phillips
Backfire1988Mara McAndrew
The Glass Menagerie1987Laura Wingfield
Terminus1987Gus
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1986TV SeriesJackie Foster
Starman1984Jenny Hayden
Until September1984Mo Alexander
Split Image1982Rebecca / Amy
Shoot the Moon1982Sandy
Raiders of the Lost Ark1981Marion Ravenwood
East of Eden1981TV Mini-SeriesAbra
A Small Circle of Friends1980Jessica Bloom
Cruising1980Nancy
Knots Landing1979TV SeriesAnnie
The Wanderers1979Nina
Manhattan1979Television Actor #2
Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II1978TV MovieElizabeth
Animal House1978Katy

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Tree a Rock a Cloud2016Short post-production

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Starman1984performer: "All I Have to Do Is Dream" 1958

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Indiana Jones 4: Pre-production2008Video short special thanks
Indiana Jones 4: The Return of a Legend2008Video short special thanks
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The View2008TV SeriesHerself
Gomorron2008TV SeriesHerself - Om Indiana Jones
Entertainment Tonight2003-2008TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2008TV SeriesHerself
Fantástico2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Indiana Jones and the Creepy Crawlies2008Video shortHerself
Indy's Women: The American Film Institute Tribute2008Video shortHerself
Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations2008Video shortHerself
The Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills2006Video documentaryHerself
Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy2003Video documentaryHerself
Unseen + Untold: National Lampoon's Animal House2003TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
VH-1 Behind the Movie2002TV Series documentaryHerself
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentaryHerself - 'Melissa Brown'
The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion1998Video documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHerself
The Making of the 'Leopard Son'1996TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Making of Disneyland's 'Indiana Jones Adventure'1995TV Movie documentaryHostess
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Later with Bob Costas1991TV SeriesHerself
De película1989TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1984TV SeriesHerself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Art Direction
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite Motion Picture
Fridays1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host
Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark1981TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'1981TV Movie documentaryHerself
What People Think of You2014Documentary short completed
The Making of the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull2012Video shortHerself
John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge2010Herself
The Graham Norton Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2008TV SeriesHerself
Indiana Jones 4: The Return of a Legend2008Video shortHerself
Production Diary: Making of 'The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'2008Video documentaryHerself
Animal House: The Inside Story2008TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Sleep TV32016TV SeriesJenny Hayden
Video Games AWESOME!2014TV SeriesKaty
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV SeriesMarion Ravenwood
On Set with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'2012Video documentaryHerself
Closing: Team Indy2008Video shortHerself
The Graham Norton Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Adventures in Post-Production2008Video documentary shortMarion Ravenwood (uncredited)
The Light and Magic of 'Indiana Jones'2003Video documentary shortHerself
The Stunts of 'Indiana Jones'2003Video documentary shortHerself

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