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Also Known As: Karen Jane Allen Died:
Born: October 5, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Carrollton, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, singer, house painter, sandwich maker, clothing designer, salesgirl, yoga instructor, waitress

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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."

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."

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CAST: (feature film)

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 When Will I Be Loved? (2004) Alexandra
6.
 Poster Boy (2004) Eunice Kray
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 Wind River (2001)
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 World Traveler (2001) Delores
9.
 In the Bedroom (2001) Marla Keyes
10.
 My Horrible Year! (2001) Belinda Faulkner
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Raised in Tennessee and Pennsylvania
1962:
Family settled in the Washington, DC area
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Moved to NYC to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology
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Dropped out and moved to Jamiaca for five months
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Traveled throughout Central and South America
1974:
Toured with the Washington Theatre Laboratory in a stage production of "Saint"
1975:
Film acting debut, "The Widget Maker"
1977:
Moved back to New York City
1977:
Appeared in the short film "The Aftermath"
1978:
Feature acting debut in John Landis's "National Lampoon's Animal House"
1980:
Played one of three radical college students in "A Small Circle of Friends"
1981:
Breakout role, playing the feisty heroine Marion Ravenwood in Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
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"
1984:
Played an American tourist in Paris, having an affair with Thierry Lhermitte in "Until September"
1984:
Co-starred with Jeff Bridges in John Carpenter's "Starman"
1987:
Portrayed Laura in the Paul Newman directed film version of the Tennessee William's play, "The Glass Menagerie"
1988:
Cast as Bill Murray's long-lost love Claire Philips in the Christmas comedy "Scrooged"
1990:
Portrayed crew member Christa McAuliffe in the controversial ABC movie "Challenger"; based on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
1992:
Featured in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"
1994:
Played the mother in the short-lived CBS series "The Road Home"
1996:
Had a supporting role in the Lifetime movie "Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story"
1999:
Returned to the big screen to co-star in the independent feature, "The Basket"
2000:
Had featured role in Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm"
2001:
Returned to the NYC stage in "Speaking in Tongues"
2001:
Appeared in Todd Field's "In the Bedroom"
2004:
Co-starred in the gay-themed drama film, "Poster Boy"
2008:
Reprised role of Marion Ravenwood in the sequel, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
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Education

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
George Washington University: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1974 - 1976
Washington Theatre Lab: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1974

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companion:
Stephan Bishop. Singer, songwriter. Met during the filming of "National Lampoon's Animal House"; together 1978-83.
husband:
Kale Browne. Actor. Married in May 1988; appeared on NBC soap "Another World"; born on June 16, 1944; separated c. 1997; divorced.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Carroll Thompson Allen. FBI employee.
mother:
Patricia A Allen. Teacher.
son:
Nicholas Browne. Born c. 1991.

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