Karen Arthur

Few female directors have forged as lengthy a career in Hollywood as Karen Arthur, who has gone somewhat unnoticed, as the majority of her work has been done for television. Arthur originally began her career as a ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1941

Filmography

Director (38)

7th Heaven 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Boone 1983 - 1986, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Cagney & Lacey 1976 - 1977, 1981 - 1988, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Crossings 1985 - 1986, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1986, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Remington Steele 1976 - 1977, 1981 - 1988, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II 1976 - 1977, 1983 - 1986, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Two Marriages 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1986, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Judging Amy 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Lost Child 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Labor of Love 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

The Staircase 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

The Secret 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Bump in the Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Shadow of a Doubt 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Fall From Grace 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Project: Tin Man 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Lady Beware 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rape of Richard Beck 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

Charleston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

The Mafu Cage 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Legacy 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

A Bunny's Tale (TV Show)

Director

A Will of Their Own (TV Show)

Director

Blue Bayou (TV Show)

Director

Bridge to Silence (TV Show)

Director

Cracked Up (TV Show)

Director

Evil in Clear River (TV Show)

Director

Journey of the Heart (TV Show)

Director

Moonlight and Mistletoe (TV Show)

Director

Passion & Prejudice (TV Show)

Director

The Christmas Blessing (TV Show)

Director

The Disappearance of Christina (TV Show)

Director

The Locket (TV Show)

Director

The Secret (Movie)

(Director)

The Song of the Lark (TV Show)

Director
Actor (3)

Not My Daughter 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Winning 1969 (Movie)

Miss Dairy Queen (Actor)

Murdock's Gang (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Mafu Cage 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Legacy 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Few female directors have forged as lengthy a career in Hollywood as Karen Arthur, who has gone somewhat unnoticed, as the majority of her work has been done for television. Arthur originally began her career as a dancer, working extensively on the New York stage in the 1960s. She moved to Los Angeles and beginning in 1967, started appearing in small roles that capitalized on her good looks. She also began directing for the stage, and in 1974, she stopped acting to concentrate on a directing career. Her first film, 1975's "Legacy," was an experimental feminist feature, and 1978's "The Mafu Cage" was an off-beat psychological thriller, with Lee Grant and Carol Kane playing two disturbed sisters. In 1976, Arthur began directing for television, quickly finding work on larger budgeted TV-movies, mini-series, and episodic dramas. Arthur became known for a technique not often used in television: the "long take," in which the action is choreographed in a single camera shot. She used this technique on "Cagney & Lacey," winning an Emmy award for her direction in 1985. Arthur directed one more theatrical feature in the '80s -- the 1987 thriller "Lady Beware," starring Diane Lane -- but then turned her concentration to TV movies, including the controversial 1985 drama "The Rape of Richard Beck." She also specialized in celebrity docudramas, making films about The Jacksons, Jim & Tammy Faye Baker, and Woody Allen & Mia Farrow. She often works with her husband, cinematographer Tom Neuwirth.

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1974

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