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Karen Lynn Gorney Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 28 January 1945Beverly Hills, California, USA
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Karen Lynn Gorney is the romantic star of Saturday Night Fever (1977): the dance partner and fantasy girlfriend who said "no" to John Travolta, and won his heart in this mega-hit film, released on DVD to raves. Miss Gorney is also the legendary "Tara Martin" (Tad's big sister, Erica's mortal enemy) on ABC's award-winning All My Children (1970). A classically trained Actress, and winner of the People's Choice and European Bravo Awards, Karen holds a BFA from Carngie Mellon and MFA from Brandeis University in Acting and Speech. She has received raves in New York City and throughout the United States performing everything from William Shakespeare to Neil Simon. Karen's 2000s films include A Crime (2006), with Harvey Keitel, and Searching for Bobby D (2005) [DeNiro], with Sandra Bernhard.

Karen was born in Beverly Hills, California, to Sondra Gorney, a public relations consultant, and Jay Gorney, a composer whose work includes the song "Brother Can you Spare a Dime". Karen's new CD of her dad's hits called "Hot Moonlight!" is in stores now, and has received international acclaim.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Karen Lynn Gorney

Spouse (2)

Mark Toback (July 1995 - present)
Ken Golden (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Daughter of American composer Jay Gorney (1896-1990) whose songs include, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", "Moonlight and Pretzels", etc. Her mother is actress/writer Sondra Gorney.
In the late 1970s, Karen recorded a version of the Lynsey de Paul/Barry Blue song "Love Bomb".
Is also a dancer, singer, a composer having recorded in London for EMI and a painter for Cicle Fine Arts and working in art galleries.
Originally auditioned for the role of Erica Kane on All My Children (1970).
Recorded a self-penned album "Used to Love You Madly" in 1979. The record contains songs that detailed the inner life of Gorney's character Stephanie Mangano, from Saturday Night Fever (1977). She wrote the entire album in her dressing room while filming "Fever," and finished recording the album in 1979. It was recorded in Abbey Road, London, and live in Philadelphia and New York, with a promotional single "Love the Way You Love," backed with the album's title song, which told the story of Stephanie's affair with the record producer from the film. The single quickly disappeared, and the rest of the tracks were vaulted. It wasn't until Original Cast Records agreed to release the album back in 1998, unfortunately it did not include "Love the Way You Love." It was reissued in 2002, but now is out of print.
Due to her success on Saturday Night Fever (1977), Gorney worked as an acting and dancing teacher at the now defunct Jo Jo's Dance Factory on Broadway at Fifty-fifth from 1980 to 1982.
Performed in the '70s jazz funk-pop band: "Wendigo", across the U.S., one of her gigs were at the renowned venue at the time, Bla-Bla-Café.
Her father, composer Jay Gorney, was born Abraham Jacob Gornetzsky in Bialystok (now Poland), to a Jewish family that left for the United States soon after. Her mother, Sondra Gorney, a public relations consultant, was born Sondra Karyl Kattlove in Louisiana, to Polish Jewish parents.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on the lack of film work, post her breakthrough Saturday Night Fever] They didn't know what to do with me. I was ahead of my time, and they didn't know what to put me in.

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