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Karen Finley

Karen Finley was born on March 7, 1956 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Philadelphia (1993), Far East of Eden (2016) and Fresh Kill (1994). She was previously married to Michael Overn and Brian Routh. See full bio »

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Known For

Philadelphia Dr. Gillman
Far East of Eden Politician
Fresh Kill Actress
The Genius Kitty Church


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 2016 Far East of Eden (Short)
 2004 Karen Finley Live (Video)
Karen Finley
 2000 12 Rounds (Short)
 1994 Fresh Kill
 1993 Philadelphia
Dr. Gillman
 1993 The Genius
Kitty Church
 1985 You Killed Me First (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Living It Up: Humorous Adventures in Hyperdomesticity", Doubleday, (October 1996), ISBN 0385486456. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Pictorials | See more »


Michael Overn  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on the stress of performing:] "I could get attention a lot of other ways. Easier ways. It's so painful. I don't want to perform. Every time, I say, 'Why am I doing this, why didn't I become a veterinarian, why didn't I go the easy way out?' . . . I feel that I have to do it because I don't see many other people who are capable of doing it. I feel that it's my responsibility."


A successful performance artist known as one of the infamous "NEA Four" - along with John Fleck, Tim Miller, and Holly Hughes - whose lawsuit against the National Endowment of the Arts achieved notoriety in the early 90's.

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