Karen Allen Biography

Birthday: 1951-10-05
Place of Birth: Carrollton, Illinois USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in rural southern Illinois, Karen spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her mother, her FBI agent father, and two sisters. At 17, after graduating from high school, Karen moved to New York to study art and design. She later attended the University of Maryland and spent time traveling through South and Central America. In 1974 Karen joined a theatre group and 3 years later moved back to New York and studied with the Lee Strasberg Institute. In 1978, she made her major film debut in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Hollywood took notice. Her next big break came in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) where she created the role of "Marion Ravenwood". Karen also debuted on Broadway in 1982 in "Monday After the Miracle, The". After a few small films, including the underrated Until September (1984), directed by Richard Marquand, and other stage appearances, she made the successful science fiction movie Starman (1984). After that her movie career waned as she preferred to work on the stage. She married Kale Browne in 1988 and had Nicholas, her first child in 1990. Since the birth of Nicholas, Karen has done smaller film roles and TV movies to concentrate on raising Nicholas.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Starman Jenny Hayden 1984 Adventure
This World Paula 2004 Documentary
Exposed Eunice Kray 2006
Scrooged Claire Phillips 2010
Perfect Storms Melissa Brown 2013 History
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Animal House Katy 1978 Comedy, Romance
The Wanderers 1979 Drama, Action
Cruising 1980 Reality Tv, 0, 0, Game Show
A Small Circle of Friends 1980 Drama
Raiders of the Lost Ark Marion Ravenwood 1981 Action, Adventure
Starman Jenny Hayden 1984 Biography, Sport, 0, 0
Until September 1984 Drama, Romance
Terminus Gus 1987
The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield 1988 Drama
Backfire Mara McAndrew 1988 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Scrooged Claire Phillips 1988 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Animal Behavior Alex Bristow 1989 Comedy, Romance
Challenger Christa McAuliffe 1990 0
Sweet Talker Julie Maguire 1991 Comedy
The Sandlot 1993 Comedy, Drama, Family
King of the Hill Miss Mathey 1993 Drama, History
Ghost in the Machine 1993 Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller
Falling Sky Reese Nicholson 1998
The Basket Bessie Emery 2000 Drama
The Perfect Storm Melissa Brown 2000 Action, Adventure, Drama
In the Bedroom Marla Keyes 2001 Game Show, 0
Wind River Martha 2001 Drama
World Traveler Delores 2002 Drama
Briar Patch 2003
Poster Boy Eunice Kray 2004
3:52 Woman #1 2005 Drama
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Marion Ravenwood 2008 Action, Adventure
A Dog Year 2009 0
John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge Herself 2010 Biography
The Turning Glory Lawson 2013
Bad Hurt Elaine Kendall 2015 Drama
Year by the Sea Joan 2016 Comedy, Drama, Romance