Karen Allen

Born Oct 5, 1951

Karen Jane Allen is an American actress best known for her role as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Allen has also had roles in films including National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Wanderers (1979), Cruising (1980), Starman (1984), Scrooged (1988), The Sandlot (1993) and Poster Boy (2004).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Karen Allen.


1951 Birth Born on October 5, 1951.


1974 22 Years Old In 1974, Allen joined Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts. … Read More
1978 26 Years Old Allen made her major film debut in 1978, in National Lampoon's Animal House.
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Her next two film appearances were in The Wanderers, in 1979, and A Small Circle of Friends in 1980, where she played one of three radical college students during the 1960s.


1982 30 Years Old Allen debuted on Broadway in the 1982 production The Monday After The Miracle.
1983 31 Years Old In 1983, she played the lead in the off-Broadway play Extremities, a physically demanding role about a would-be rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker.
1987 35 Years Old She often took breaks from movie roles to concentrate on stage acting; Allen appeared as Laura in the Paul Newman-directed film version of the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie, with John Malkovich and Joanne Woodward, in 1987.
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In 1988, Allen returned to the big screen as Bill Murray's long-lost love, Claire, in the Christmas comedy Scrooged.
1990 38 Years Old In 1990, she portrayed the doomed crew member Christa McAuliffe in the television movie Challenger, based on the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. … Read More


2008 56 Years Old Allen reprised her best-known role as Marion Ravenwood for the 2008 sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which she renews her relationship with Indiana Jones and reveals to him that they have a son named Henry Jones III, who named himself Mutt Williams, played by Shia LaBeouf.


2012 60 Years Old Allen starred in the American premiere of Jon Fosse's A Summer Day at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, which opened in October 2012. … Read More
2015 63 Years Old In August 2015, Allen began appearing in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune for the Berkshire Theater Group.
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