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Karen Allen

At the 2006 Dallas Comic Con.
Photo by Corey Bond.
Birth name Karen Jane Allen
Born October 5, 1951 (1951-10-05) (age 56)
Carrollton, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1978 – present
Spouse(s) Kale Browne (1988-1998)

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Biography

Early life

Allen was born in Carrollton, in rural central Illinois, to Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent, and Patricia A. (Howell), a teacher.[1] Allen spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. After graduating from high school at 17, she moved to New York to study art and design at Fashion Institute of Technology. She later attended the University of Maryland, College Park and spent time traveling through South and Central America. In 1974, Allen joined a theater group and three years later moved back to New York and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Carrollton is a city located in Greene County, Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... This article is about the state. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is one of the most prestigious acting schools in the world and was founded by pioneer, Lee Strasberg, in 1969. ...


Career

In 1978, Allen made her major film debut in National Lampoon's Animal House and Hollywood took notice. Her next two appearances were in The Wanderers in 1979 and A Small Circle of Friends in 1980, where she played one of three radical college students during the 1960s. The United Artists-release of that film received only limited theatrical exposure, ultimately grossing under $1 million.[2] Her next big role came with Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), in which she played the feisty heroine Marion Ravenwood. Allen won a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a film for her role in the film. National Lampoons Animal House is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of fraternity boys take on the system at their college. ... The Wanderers is a 1979 film based on the novel by Richard Price. ... A Small Circle of Friends is a film released in 1980 by MGM starring Brad Davis, Karen Allen, Jameson Parker, and Shelley Long. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Actress (in a film): Category: ...


Allen also debuted on Broadway in 1982's The Monday After The Miracle. After a few small films including Until September (1984), directed by Richard Marquand, and other stage appearances, she made the successful science fiction film Starman (1984). She often took breaks from movie roles to concentrate on stage acting. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Until September is a 1984 romantic drama set in France. ... Richard Marquand Richard Marquand (April 17, 1938 - September 4, 1987) was a Welsh film director. ... Starman (1984; see also 1984 in film) is a science fiction film directed by John Carpenter which tells the story of an alien from another planet (Jeff Bridges) who has come to Earth in response to the invitation left of the gold phonograph record on the Voyager space probes. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212...


1988 saw Allen return as Bill Murray's long-lost love Claire Philips in the Christmas comedy Scrooged. In 1990, she also portrayed crew member Christa McAuliffe in the controversial movie Challenger, based on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ... Scrooged is a hit 1988 comedy film based on Charles Dickens classic story, A Christmas Carol. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Challenger is a film based on the events surrounding the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. ... Space Shuttle Challenger (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-099) was NASAs second Space Shuttle orbiter to be put into service, Columbia being the first. ...


Allen subsequently appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992), The Perfect Storm (2000), and In the Bedroom (2001), and made guest appearances on television's Law & Order (1996) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2001). She also starred in the short-lived series The Road Home (1994), and portrayed the character of Dr. Clare Burton in the video game Ripper (1996). Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award - winning, and Academy Award - nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Perfect Storm is a 2000 film adapted from the book of the same title by Sebastian Junger. ... In the Bedroom is a 2001 movie directed by Todd Field and starring Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, and William Mapother. ... This article is about the original television series. ... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 5 DVD Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU) is the first of three spin-offs of Law & Order (the other two being Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial by Jury; all series are presented on the NBC... The Road Home is an American TV series from 1994, starring Karen Allen, Ed Flanders, Terence Knox, Jessica Bowman and Christopher Masterson. ... Ripper is a 1996 adventure computer game developed by Take-Two Interactive, and released for Windows-based personal computers. ...


On July 26, 2007 at ComicCon 2007 it was revealed that she will once again portray Marion Ravenwood in the upcoming sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. An on-set photo of Karen with director Steven Spielberg has been posted on The Official Indiana Jones Website. This article is about the fan convention. ... Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 adventure film. ...


Personal life

After dating Patrick Moore, Allen then in 1988 married actor Kale Browne (who portrayed Christa McAuliffe's husband, Steven, in Challenger) and gave birth to her first child, Nicholas, in 1990. The couple divorced in 1998. Categories: Stub | 1950 births | Soap opera actors ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


After his birth, Allen took smaller roles in TV and films in order to concentrate on raising Nicholas. Given her affinity for knitting, in 2003 she started her own textile company, Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She also teaches acting at Simon's Rock College of Bard, which is also located in Great Barrington. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...   Great Barrington is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Simons Rock College of Bard Simons Rock College of Bard, also abbreviated as Simons Rock College and Simons Rock or, simply, The Rock , is a small liberal arts college located in the small town of Great Barrington (population 7,527), in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/49/Karen-Allen.html
  2. ^ "50 Top-Grossing Films". (Week ending March 19, 1980). Variety, March 22, 1980

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Karen Jane Allen (born October 5, 1951) is an American actress most famous for her roles in the films National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Starman (1984).
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