Karen Young was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, and educated at Rutgers University. She was the eldest of six children; her mother was a homemaker and her father was a stonemason. After college, she went to New York City to pursue a career in acting and has been a New Yorker ever since.
One of her first successes was in the original theatrical production of "A Lie of the Mind", written and directed by Sam Shepard. She has consistently worked in film, most recently starring opposite Charlotte Rampling in the French production Heading South (2005), which was directed by the esteemed Laurent Cantet in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. TV viewers can also see her as FBI Agent Robyn Sanseverino in the HBO series "The Sopranos" (1999).
|Tom Noonan||(1992 - 1999) (divorced) 2 children|
Has two children, a son and daughter, from her former marriage to Tom Noonan.
I always had in the back of my mind that, rightly or wrongly, I expected to work more when I was older because I had not, in fact, become a star in my 20s or 30s. I still feel I've only gotten better as an actress. I knew that if I just hung in there, I could really have a shot. I just didn't know where it would come from. There's a security in slogging on in that you don't have the time or wherewithal to say, 'Oh, poor me.' I always felt that if I plugged along, I knew my breaks would come.
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