Karen Allen Biography (1951-)

Full name, Karen Jane Allen; born October 5, 1951, in Carrollton, IL; daughter of Carroll Thompson (an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Patricia (a teacher; maiden name, Howell) Allen; married David Charles Browne(an actor, under name Kale Browne), May 1, 1988 (divorced, 1997); children: Nicholas. Addresses: Agent: Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.; Manager: Cynthia Campos-Greenberg, Atlas Entertainment, 6100Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1170, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Contact: c/o P.O. Box 237, Monterey, MA 01245.

Actress, director
Birth Details
October 5, 1951
Carrollton, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • The Whidjit-Maker, 1977
  • Katy Fuller, National Lampoon's Animal House (also known as Animal House), Universal, 1978
  • Second television actress, Manhattan, United Artists, 1979
  • Nina, The Wanderers, Orion, 1979
  • Jessica Bloom, A Small Circle of Friends, United Artists, 1980
  • Nancy Gates, Cruising, United Artists, 1980
  • Marion Ravenwood, Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark), Paramount, 1981
  • The Making of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1981
  • Rebecca/Amy, Split Image (also known as Captured), Orion, 1982
  • Sandy, George's girlfriend, Shoot the Moon, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Aftermath (short film), 1982
  • Strange Invaders, Orion, 1983
  • Mo Alexander, Until September, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists,1984
  • Jenny Hayden, Starman (also known as John Carpenter's Starman), Columbia, 1984
  • Gus, Terminus, 1986
  • The End of the Line, 1986
  • Laura Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Cineplex Odeon, 1987
  • Mara McAndrew, Backfire, 1987, Vidmark, 1990
  • Claire Phillips, Scrooged, Paramount, 1988
  • Alex Bristow, Animal Behavior, Home Box Office, 1989
  • Julie Maguire, Sweet Talker (also known as Confidence), Live Home Video, 1991
  • Miss Dunne, Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Glory Lawson, The Turning (also known as Pocahontas, Virginia), 1992
  • Mom, The Sandlot (also known as The Sandlot Kids), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Miss Mathey, King of the Hill, Gramercy, 1993
  • Terry Monroe, Ghost in the Machine (also known as Deadly Terror), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Betty Dawkan, 'Til There Was You, Paramount, 1997
  • Crocodile Tears, 1997
  • Martha, Wind River, Avalanche Home Entertainment, 1998
  • Resse Nicholson, Falling Sky, DEJ Productions, 1998
  • Bessie Emery, The Basket, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
  • Melissa Brown, The Perfect Storm, Warner Bros., 2000
  • Marla Keyes, In the Bedroom, Miramax, 2001
  • Delores, World Traveler, 2001, ThinkFilm, 2002
  • Shallow End, Shallow Pictures, 2002
  • Briar Patch, Tonic Films, 2002
  • Also appeared in Exile and Secret Places of the Heart.
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Abra, John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" (also known as East of Eden), ABC, 1981
  • Katherine Farewell, Shaka Zulu: The Citadel, 2001
  • Movies
  • Elizabeth, Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II, CBS, 1978
  • Ruth Beckman, Secret Weapon, TNT, 1990
  • Christa McAuliffe, Challenger, ABC, 1990
  • Catherine "Kit" Norvell, Voyage (also known as Cruise of Fear), USA Network, 1993
  • Georgianne Corcoran, Rapture, syndicated, 1993
  • Margaret, Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story, Lifetime, 1996
  • Hannah Raven, All the Winters That Have Been, CBS, 1997
  • Belinda Faulkner, My Horrible Year!, Showtime, 2001
  • Specials
  • Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
  • Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car, NBC, 1992
  • Host, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, CBS, 1995
  • Host, The Making of Disneyland's "Indiana Jones Adventure," The Disney Channel, 1995
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (also knownas A Salute to Steven Spielberg and The 23rd American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Steven Spielberg), NBC, 1995
  • Too Hot to Skate, CBS, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Jackie Foster, "The Creeper," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1986
  • Judith Sandler, "Survivor," Law & Order, NBC, 1996
  • Paula Varney, "Scourge," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 2001
  • Other
  • Annie Fairgate, Knot's Landing (pilot), CBS, 1979
  • Alison Matson, The Road Home (series; also known as Down Home), CBS, 1994
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Jane, The Innocent Party, Washington Theatre Laboratory, Washington, DC, 1975
  • Gittel, Two for the Seesaw, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1981
  • (Broadway debut) Helen Keller, Monday after the Miracle, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, then Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, later Dock Street Theatre, Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC, 1982
  • Laura, Esmerelda, and Miriam, Tennessee Williams: A Celebration, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1982
  • Marjorie, Extremities, West Side Arts Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Laura, The Glass Menagerie, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1985, then Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1986
  • Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Beautiful Bodies, Whole Theatre, Montclair, NJ, 1987
  • As You Like It, Mount Theatre, 1988
  • Georgie Elgin, The Country Girl, Roundabout Theatre, 1990-1991
  • Faye Streber, Temporary Help, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 2001
  • Jane/Valerie, Speaking in Tongues, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 2001-2002
  • Also appeared in a production of Getting and Spending.
  • Major Tours
  • Saint, Washington Theatre Laboratory, Washington, DC, U.S. cities,1974
  • Videos
  • Nonesense and Lullabyes: Nursery Rhymes, 1992
  • Nonesense and Lullabyes: Poems, 1992
  • Voice of Dr. Clare Burton, Ripper (video game), Take 2 Interactive, 1996
  • Albums
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Movie on Record, Columbia, 1981

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, February 13, 1998, p. 80

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