Karen Allen

Actor, Singer, Yoga instructor
Blessed with a husky voice, an earthy manner and a generous smile, Karen Allen was a popular actress in the late 1970s and early 1980s with roles in such blockbuster hits as "Animal House" (1978), "Raiders of the Lost ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1951 in Carrollton, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Falling Sky 2014 (Movie)

Resse (Actor)

White Irish Drinkers 2011 (Movie)

Margaret Leary (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

Marion Ravenwood (Actor)

Poster Boy 2006 (Movie)

Eunice Kray (Actor)

When Will I Be Loved? 2004 (Movie)

Alexandra (Actor)

Plain Dirty 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

World Traveler 2002 (Movie)

Delores (Actor)

Behind the Movies: Animal House 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Bedroom 2001 (Movie)

Marla Keyes (Actor)

The Basket 2000 (Movie)

Bessie Emery (Actor)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Melissa Brown (Actor)

Wind River 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Making of the Leopard Son 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Turning 1997 (Movie)

Glory (Actor)

Law & Order 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Making of the Indiana Jones Adventure 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road Home 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost in the Machine 1993 (Movie)

Terry Munroe (Actor)

King of the Hill 1993 (Movie)

Miss Mathey (Actor)

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sandlot 1993 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Talker 1991 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Animal Behavior 1989 (Movie)

Alex Bristow (Actor)

Backfire 1988 (Movie)

Maura (Actor)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

Claire Phillips (Actor)

Terminus 1987 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

Laura Wingfield (Actor)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

Jenny Hayden (Actor)

Until September 1984 (Movie)

Mo Alexander (Actor)

Shoot the Moon 1982 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

Marion Ravenwood (Actor)

Cruising 1980 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

A Small Circle of Friends 1979 (Movie)

Jessica Bloom (Actor)

Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhattan 1979 (Movie)

2nd Television Actress (Actor)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

Katy (Actor)

Challenger (TV Show)

Actor

My Horrible Year! (TV Show)

Actor

November Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Rapture (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Weapon (TV Show)

Actor

Shaka Zulu -- The Citadel (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Blessed with a husky voice, an earthy manner and a generous smile, Karen Allen was a popular actress in the late 1970s and early 1980s with roles in such blockbuster hits as "Animal House" (1978), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "Starman" (1984). Allen seemed to prefer stage acting to movie stardom, and after the birth of her son in 1990, stepped away from acting to concentrate on running her own yoga center and knitwear company, as well as teaching acting and directing at a college in Massachusetts. That all changed once buzz began surrounding a possible Indiana Jones film years after the final installment in 1989. Fans would not accept any other leading lady on the arm of the beloved archeologist than the one who had made the most impact from the jump. So in 2007, Allen announced that she would be reprising her role as the feisty Marion Ravenwood in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), the long-awaited third sequel to "Raiders."

Relationships

Carroll Allen

Father

Patricia Allen

Mother

Stephan Bishop

Companion
Met during the filming of National Lampoon's "Animal House" together from 1978-1983

Kale Browne

Husband
Born in 1944 played Michael Hudson on the NBC soap "Another World" married from 1988-1998

Nicholas Browne

Son
Born c. 1991 father, Kale Browne

EDUCATION

Washington Theatre Lab

Washington , Washington D.C. 1974

George Washington University

Washington , Washington D.C. 1974 - 1976

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland

Lee Strasberg Theater Institute

New York , New York

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York , New York

DuVal Senior High School

Lanham , Maryland 1969

Milestones

2008

Reprised role of Marion Ravenwood in the sequel, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

2004

Co-starred in the gay-themed drama film, "Poster Boy"

2001

Appeared in Todd Field's "In the Bedroom"

2001

Returned to the NYC stage in "Speaking in Tongues"

2000

Had featured role in Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm"

1999

Returned to the big screen to co-star in the independent feature, "The Basket"

1996

Had a supporting role in the Lifetime movie "Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story"

1994

Played the mother in the short-lived CBS series "The Road Home"

1992

Featured in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"

1990

Portrayed crew member Christa McAuliffe in the controversial ABC movie "Challenger"; based on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

1988

Cast as Bill Murray's long-lost love Claire Philips in the Christmas comedy "Scrooged"

1987

Portrayed Laura in the Paul Newman directed film version of the Tennessee William's play, "The Glass Menagerie"

1984

Co-starred with Jeff Bridges in John Carpenter's "Starman"

1984

Played an American tourist in Paris, having an affair with Thierry Lhermitte in "Until September"

1982

Made Broadway debut, playing Helen Keller in Arthur Penn's "Monday After the Miracle"

1982

Played Albert Finney's mistress in Alan Parker's "Shoot the Moon"

1981

Breakout role, playing the feisty heroine Marion Ravenwood in Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

1980

Played one of three radical college students in "A Small Circle of Friends"

1978

Feature acting debut in John Landis's "National Lampoon's Animal House"

1977

Moved back to New York City

1977

Appeared in the short film "The Aftermath"

1975

Film acting debut, "The Widget Maker"

1974

Toured with the Washington Theatre Laboratory in a stage production of "Saint"

1962

Family settled in the Washington, DC area

Moved to NYC to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Raised in Tennessee and Pennsylvania

Traveled throughout Central and South America

Dropped out and moved to Jamiaca for five months

Bonus Trivia

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In 2003, Allen started her own textile company, Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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