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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 22, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, dancer

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Despite her still noticeable British accent on talk show appearances, d'Abo has mastered a variety of American accents for her many TV and film roles. She first acted for the cameras when she was 13, in a TV commercial, and two years later was celebrating her 15th birthday on the set of "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), in which she had a solid co-starring role as the virginal princess. D'Abo is best known to TV audiences as Karen Arnold, the hippie older sister on "The Wonder Years" (ABC, 1988-92) who personified the restless youth of the late 1960s, wearing headbands and bell bottoms, and cutting school for "love-ins". She has since often been cast as free spirits and sexpots, but has managed to move between comedy and drama, including her send-up as a sex kitten nursemaid lusting for Kirk Douglas' bank account in "Greedy" (1994) and the poignant "The Last Good Time" (1995), in which d'Abo played the younger half of a May-December romance with Armin Mueller-Stahl. Her film career became quite active in the mid-90s when d'Abo starred opposite Dana Carvey in "Clean Slate" (1994), Steve Guttenberg in "The Big Green" and Dana Delaney and Kim Cattrall in "Live Nude Girls" (both 1995). After filming an...

Despite her still noticeable British accent on talk show appearances, d'Abo has mastered a variety of American accents for her many TV and film roles. She first acted for the cameras when she was 13, in a TV commercial, and two years later was celebrating her 15th birthday on the set of "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), in which she had a solid co-starring role as the virginal princess. D'Abo is best known to TV audiences as Karen Arnold, the hippie older sister on "The Wonder Years" (ABC, 1988-92) who personified the restless youth of the late 1960s, wearing headbands and bell bottoms, and cutting school for "love-ins". She has since often been cast as free spirits and sexpots, but has managed to move between comedy and drama, including her send-up as a sex kitten nursemaid lusting for Kirk Douglas' bank account in "Greedy" (1994) and the poignant "The Last Good Time" (1995), in which d'Abo played the younger half of a May-December romance with Armin Mueller-Stahl. Her film career became quite active in the mid-90s when d'Abo starred opposite Dana Carvey in "Clean Slate" (1994), Steve Guttenberg in "The Big Green" and Dana Delaney and Kim Cattrall in "Live Nude Girls" (both 1995). After filming an unsuccessful sitcom pilot for ABC, she joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "The Single Guy" (1996-97) as a voice actor who has moved into the title character's apartment building.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sleeping Beauty (2014)
3.
 It Had to Be You (2002)
4.
 Triangle, The (2001) Charlotte "Charlie" Duval
5.
 Enemy, The (2001) Penny Johnson
6.
 Seven Girlfriends (1999) Hannah
8.
 Hacks (1997) Lynn
9.
 Kicking and Screaming (1995) Jane
10.
 Live Nude Girls (1995) Chris
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Milestones close milestones

1976:
Moved with family to Taos, New Mexico at age eight
:
At age 13, moved to Los Angeles; won first professional acting job in TV commercial
1984:
Made feature film debut in "Conan the Destroyer" as the virginal "Princess Jehnna"
1988:
TV series debut as Karen Arnold in "The Wonder Years" premiered in March
1992:
Departed "The Wonder Years" during the show's sixth season to pursue feature film career
1996:
Filmed unsold pilot for an ABC series
1996:
Joined cast of NBC sitcom "The Single Guy" playing the role of a voice actor
1999:
Co-starred with Vincent D'Onfrio and Thomas Jane in "The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name)"
1999:
Made guest appearances on "Party of Five" as a lesbian college professor
2000:
Was one of the titular "Seven Girlfriends"
2001:
Played lead in "The Enemy", a spy thriller aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release
2001:
Provided the voice of Jane in Disney's "The Legend of Tarzan" and its subsequent feature-length film
2003:
Voiced the character of Rox in "The Animatrix: Matriculated"
2003:
Guest starred as the villainous Nicole Wallace on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
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Education

London Royal Ballet Theatre: -

Notes

Claimed to have turned down chance to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live" because she would not make a five-year commitment to the NBC series. (From Buzz, May 1995).

"My mom was a model. I grew up with neck creams, eye creams. I rebelled at first." --d'Abo quoted in Us, April 1995.

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companion:
Thomas Jane. Actor. Engaged as of spring 2000; no longer together.

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father:
Michael d'Abo. Singer, flautist. Born 1944 in Bethworth England; performed with 1960s rock group Manfred Mann.
mother:
Maggie London. Model, actor.
brother:
Benjamin d'Abo. Older.
cousin:
Maryam d'Abo. Actor. Appeared in "The Living Daylights".
son:
Oliver William d'Abo. Born on November 11, 1995.
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