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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Nickname Duff
Height 5' 6¼" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Karen Duffy was born on May 23, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Blank Check (1994). She has been married to John Lambros since February 28, 1997. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

John Lambros (28 February 1997 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (12)

At age 27 she began modeling and appearing in television commercials, then became an VJ for MTV in 1991.
In 1995 she was diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis, a rare incurable disease that attacks the central nervous system.
In 2000 her book "Model Patient: My Life As an Incureable Wise-Ass" was published.
Received a bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy from the University of Colorado.
Graduated from Park Ridge High School, Park Ridge, New Jersey in 1979, and was a classmate of actor James Gandolfini.
Is of Irish ancestry.
Has a son, Jack Lambros (b. 2003), with her husband John Lambros.
Her son, Jack has appeared on the cover of "Parents" magazine.
Husband, John Lambros is an investment banker, born 1966.
Gave her son Jack the nickname "Lefty".
Owns a farm in Connecticut.
In 1995, Duffy was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease sarcoidosis called neurosarcoidosis. Her brain and spinal cord were affected, leaving her partially paralyzed. She wrote about her affliction in the humorous 2000 autobiography Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass. In November 2017 she celebrated the publication of her second book, Backbone: Living with Chronic Pain without Turning into One where she wrote about battling with sarcoidosis for two decades. For Duffy, who can usually only get up three days a week, writing has served as a form of therapy. She hopes that her words will help the many others who also deal with chronic pain.

Personal Quotes (25)

In addition, I'll be attending women's health expos and medical conferences with the goal to promote dialogue between women and their health-care providers.
It really is a blessing when two people who are so full of dignity and kindness and really live to make the world a better place get together.
Everyone who has sarcoidosis is affected differently.
In the beginning, when I first found out I had a disease that was incurable, emotionally I had to get used to the idea of being sick before I could think about making any other major decisions in my life.
I try to manage my time to conserve energy.
A lot of people asked me if it was frustrating not having a clear specific diagnosis, but I didn't mind, I just chose the most optimistic diagnosis.
I still when I wake up hit the ground running; and having an illness, I'm only one of hundreds of thousands of people that live with an illness, and I'm just in awe of the bravery and dignity of the people I see at the hospital.
My Mt. Rushmore of hero worship would include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marcus Aurelius, Frank Sinatra and Barry White.
I did as much research as I could and I took ownership of this illness, because if you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?
I never expected in a million years that I would have the honor to become an advocate of women's health care and education, and I'd dive on a live grenade to get this message out, so thank you for this forum.
My friend had a funny remark; he told me everybody has something - some people have a big butt, some people are insecure and at least you know what it is, even if it's a lump on your head. I know I have a lump on my head.
Concealing an illness is like keeping a beach ball under water.
The lesion is in the area of my brain that is responsible for motor function, so I have continual chronic pain in my left arm from elbow to fingertips and the right side of my body from my ear to my breast area.
In a way, I have simplified my life by setting priorities.
The ancient Greek view of happiness was really defined by leading a productive life: It's not about how much you have, it's about what you do with it.
I don't have feeling in my feet to my fingertips; I also have active lesions in my bone marrow and in my eyes.
I just had that conversation this morning with my doctor. I just got back from the hospital a half-hour ago, and nothing will make me happier than to replicate the DNA of my amazing husband. I'm optimistic.
I am enormously honored to be one of the spokesmen of the New Age Womens Health Campaign, so you'll be seeing me in public service announcements and public appearances supporting the campaign.
I am a bit of a Cheap Pete, but I do spend a fortune on books and false moustaches and practical jokes.
My family has been amazing, and they understand how blessed I am. They've been able to keep my sense of humor.
I have lots and lots of party clothes. I mean real party clothes.
My father managed shopping malls when I was a kid, and my high school job was to dress up in an elf costume and take photos of kids sitting on Santa Claus's lap.
You become a parent when you have a baby, no matter how you get there.
I prefer atrophy over exercise any day.
It is a mistake to do nothing just because you think you can only do a little.

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