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Karen Jane Allen was born in Carrollton, rural southern Illinois, to Patricia (Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. She spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. She was always "the new girl in school." Acting did not really cross Allen's mind until she was in her early 20s, ... See full bio »

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  Unsinkable (filming)
Nancy Smith
 2021 Things Heard & Seen
Mare Laughton
 2020 50 States of Fright (TV Series short)
Sheriff Stallings
- Ball of Twine (Kansas) - Part 3 (2020) ... Sheriff Stallings
- Ball of Twine (Kansas) - Part 2 (2020) ... Sheriff Stallings
- Ball of Twine (Kansas) - Part 1 (2020) ... Sheriff Stallings
 2019 Colewell
Nora
 2016 Year by the Sea
Joan
 2015 Bad Hurt
Elaine Kendall
 2014 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
Betty Lowe
- Unfinished Business (2014) ... Betty Lowe
 2012 The Tin Star (TV Movie)
Eliza Flynn
 2010 November Christmas (TV Movie)
Claire Sanford
 2010 White Irish Drinkers
Margaret
 2009 A Dog Year
Paula (voice)
 2004 When Will I Be Loved
Alexandra Barrie
 2004 Poster Boy
Eunice Kray
 2003/I The Root
 2003 Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update (Video short)
Katy Schoenstein
 2002 Speaking in Tongues (Video)
 2002 Briar Patch
Butcher Lee
 2001 Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (TV Movie)
Katherine Farewell
 2001 World Traveler
Delores
 2001 My Horrible Year! (TV Movie)
Belinda Faulkner
 2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Paula Varney
- Scourge (2001) ... Paula Varney
 2001 In the Bedroom
Marla Keyes
 2000 The Perfect Storm
Melissa Brown
 2000 Wind River
Martha (Wilson)
 1999 The Basket
Bessie Emery
 1998 Falling Sky
Resse Nicholson
 1997 All the Winters That Have Been (TV Movie)
Hannah Raven
 1997 'Til There Was You
Betty Dawkan
 1996 Ripper (Video Game)
Dr. Clare Burton
 1996 Law & Order (TV Series)
Judith Sandler
- Survivor (1996) ... Judith Sandler
 1996 Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story (TV Movie)
Margaret
 1994 The Road Home (TV Series)
Alison Matson
- Seven Year Pitch (1994) ... Alison Matson
- Whole in the Head (1994) ... Alison Matson
- May I Cut In? (1994) ... Alison Matson
- Look Back in Anger (1994) ... Alison Matson
- Cake Fear (1994) ... Alison Matson
 1993 Ghost in the Machine
Terry Munroe
 1993 Voyage (TV Movie)
Catherine 'Kit' Norvell
 1993 King of the Hill
Miss Mathey
 1993 The Sandlot
Mom
 1993 Rapture (TV Movie)
Georgianne Corcoran
 1992 Malcolm X
Miss Dunne
 1992 The Turning
Glory Lawson
 1991 Sweet Talker
Julie Maguire
 1990 Secret Weapon (TV Movie)
Ruth
 1990 Challenger (TV Movie)
Christa McAuliffe
 1989 Animal Behavior
Alex Bristow
 1988 Scrooged
Claire Phillips
 1987 Backfire
Mara McAndrew
 1987 The Glass Menagerie
Laura Wingfield
 1987 Terminus
Gus
 1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Jackie Foster
- The Creeper (1986) ... Jackie Foster
 1984 Starman
Jenny Hayden
 1984 Until September
Mo Alexander
 1982 Split Image
Rebecca / Amy
 1982 Shoot the Moon
Sandy
 1981 East of Eden (TV Mini Series)
Abra
- Part Three (1981) ... Abra
- Part Two (1981) ... Abra (credit only)
- Part One (1981) ... Abra (credit only)
 1980 A Small Circle of Friends
Jessica Bloom
 1980 Cruising
Nancy
 1979 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Annie
- Pilot (1979) ... Annie
 1979 The Wanderers
Nina
 1979 Manhattan
Television Actor #2
 1978 Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II (TV Movie)
Elizabeth
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Other Works:

Radio commercial for Volvo. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 3 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Kale Browne  (divorced)  (1 child)

Children:

Nicholas

Parents:

Allen, Carroll Thompson | Allen (Howell), Patricia A.
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(On National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)) I think I auditioned five times for that role. And nobody but John Landis and the casting directors wanted me. Well, I think Harold Ramis liked me, too. But nobody at Universal wanted me because they wanted someone with more experience, someone who had more credits. Someone they could point to as more of a star. See more »

Trivia:

She auditioned for the role of Elvira Hancock in Scarface (1983). See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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