Karen Allen
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Karen Allen
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).
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Methodist Church In South Africa Leads Peace March After Outbreak Of Xenophobia
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
A march organized by the Methodist Church has been taking place in South Africa, in protest at violence against immigrants from other African nations. At least six people have been killed and 307 arrested in the past fortnight, in a wave of violence targeting foreigners in Durban and parts of Johannesburg. The BBC's Karen Allen reports from Johannesburg. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever
The Street - about 3 years
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- If you're a U.S. television viewer 22 or younger, you've never known a low-budget Super Bowl halftime show. That hasn't always been a good thing. Before 1992, the Super Bowl halftime show was exactly that: A little show put on to fill the time between the game's halves. Until 1990, that show usually consisted of marching bands, pre-Glee chorus groups and the occasional tune from Carole Channing, George Burns, Andy Williams and other notables from yesteryear. It was inoffensive, it was mildly entertaining and typically didn't get a whole lot of lip service at the water cooler the next day. That all changed after Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. A company called Timberline Productions decided to celebrate the host city of Minneapolis and the Olympic year by saddling CBS with a halftime show featuring a figure skating performance from Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill and exactly two songs from easy-listening powerhouse Gloria Estefan. Keep in mind that figure skat ...
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A Brighter Future for Kenya through Educating Girls
CNN - over 3 years
Nairobi, Kenya has been featured heavily in the news the last few days. The tragedy of the Westgate Mall terrorist attack that left more than 65 dead and dozens held hostage during a three-day siege left the world reeling. "Kenya will never be the same again," Karen Allen told BBC News. Those responsible for the attack - Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab from Somalia - knew they were hitting a high-profile symbol of Kenya's economic power in booming Africa, and that has been drawing lots of foreign investment. After generations of problems besetting African nations, from poverty and disease to civil war and oppressive regimes, countries like Kenya are on an upward rise economically. But insurgents and violent episodes like this, which tap into conflict, inequality and poverty, threaten to halt the forward gains. Which is all the more reason to look at the bright side of hope in a place like Kenya, and to support grassroots efforts that will help give the next generation there an e ...
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First Nighter: Lucy Thurber's Five <i>Hill Town Plays</i> Progress From Must-See to Less-Need-to-See
Huffington Post - over 3 years
David Van Asselt, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater artistic director, and his associates may think they're doing scribe Lucy Thurber -- and theatergoers as well -- a big fave by simultaneously scheduling her five-piece cycle The Hill Town Plays at four Village locations. It seems unquestionably likely they figured they'd point out in one fell theatrical swoop how significant Thurber is. I certainly concluded they were right as I left Scarcity, at the Cherry Lane. Although many reviewing colleagues had seen the potent family drama previously, I hadn't and was extremely impressed with the unflinching depiction of a lower-class family in which the abusive, labile mother (Didi O'Connell) and habitually drunk father (Gordon Joseph Weiss), make life miserable for their unusually intelligent, bent-on-escaping children, Billy (Will Pullen) and 11-year-old Rachel (Izzy Hanson-Johnston). Exiting Where We're Born, at the Rattlestick--which I had seen before and which was the cause of ...
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Small plane crashes in Antigua; 1 confirmed death
Fox News - over 4 years
A tiny Caribbean airline says one of its small planes has crashed during takeoff at Antigua's airport, killing the pilot. The status of the three passengers aboard the FlyMontserrat plane is not immediately clear after the Sunday accident at V.C. Bird International Airport. FlyMontserrat spokeswoman Karen Allen says she can only confirm the death of the pilot, whose name has not been released. Allen says the airline is still gathering information about the crash and expects to issue a statement later. The twin-engine Britten-Norman Islander plane crashed off a runway about 4 p.m. EDT. It was headed from Antigua to the nearby island of Montserrat. Antigua's airport was closed for at least an hour as emergency officials responded to the crash.
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Karen Allen 'certainly' ready for more Indy
USA Today - over 4 years
Indiana Jones is infamously not a fan of snakes, but they've never bothered Karen Allen that much.
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'Indiana Jones' star Karen Allen heads for the stage
LATimes - over 4 years
Best recognized for her ability to match wits with Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones, Karen Allen is returning to the stage in an off-Broadway production of Jon Fosse's 1999 play, "A Summer Day."
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'Indiana Jones' star Karen Allen goes off-Broadway
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Karen Allen, who romanced Indiana Jones, has been lured back to the New York stage.
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Fairfield Museum focuses on Ruger exhibit and juried photo show
ctpost.c - almost 5 years
Fairfield Museum focuses on Ruger exhibit and juried photo show A passion for photography blossoms from a myriad of motivations: to preserve a moment in time, to stretch the boundaries of the medium, to explore the effects of light and shadow, to capture a mood, to convey an emotion, to communicate a thought, to document an event. For Fairfield native and professional photographer Charles Ruger, those motivations matter -- as does the desire to "create a link to an earlier time in America's history when there was more of a sense of optimism" -- especially in the late-19th and early-20th centuries when people, such as Rockefeller, Mellon and Carnegie, were creating the modern industrial age and a tradition of American philanthropy. Ruger said that much of his portrait work -- which are non-commissioned art pieces -- reference historic paintings, especially the works of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), who was considered among the leading portrait painters of his generation, c ...
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Wait for the Power Company? Nah, I'll Get a Generator [POLL]
Monroe Patch - almost 5 years
Karen and Jeff Allen were on their way to visit friends in Richmond, Va., on Aug. 27. Meteorologists had been predicting Hurricane Irene's arrival all week, but the Monroe couple had only encountered a breeze while driving on the highway that Saturday. "Suddenly it got really dark and windy," Karen Allen recalled. "Trees and branches came down. You couldn't really see. We had to stop." Allen could see brake lights, downed trees and the road was covered by a green carpet of debris. "We got to Richmond and there was no power," Allen said. "My daughter was home in Monroe. She was losing her cell phone connection when she called, so we already knew what we were facing. We thought we should find a generator because I didn’t know if we'd find one in Connecticut." The Allens traveled west on Interstate-81 to avoid the coastline, calling the nearest Lowe's and Home Depot locations along the way. "A Home Depot in Hagerstown, Maryland, said they had gotten a shipment of five ...
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BBC Africa Debate Asks Whether 'Africa is on Trial'
News On News - almost 5 years
The March edition of BBC World Service’s programme, BBC Africa Debate, will discuss whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) places too much emphasis on African cases. Broadcast at 19.00 GMT on Friday 30 March from Nairobi, Kenya, the debate “International justice: is Africa on trial?” is presented by the BBC's Akwasi Sarpong and Karen Allen. BBC Swahili’s debate on the same subject, presented by Anne Mawathe and Odeo Sirari, will be broadcast on the same day. Human-rights advocates and victims of human-rights violations appreciate the ICC’s role in international justice, even though all the court’s active cases are from the continent. They argue that most investigations to date have been determined by referrals, either by African states or the United Nations Security Council. However, a lot of African leaders see the ICC as a body which focuses mainly on the African continent effectively ignoring crimes committed elsewhere in the world. Some critics have gone as far as acc ...
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BLOG: Broadway adaptation of 'Animal House' in the works
The Dartmouth - almost 5 years
Welcome to Broadway, Bluto, Otter and Boon! National Lampoon’s 1978 gross-out classic "Animal House" (1978) is the latest film set to be adapted into a Broadway musical. So far, the Canadian alt-rock band Barenaked Ladies has signed on to score the musical while Tony winner Casey Nicholaw of "The Book of Mormon" and "The Drowsy Chaperone" will provide direction and choreography. Playwright Michael Mitnick will adapt the screenplay. Universal Pictures Stage Productions will produce the musical along with Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and James L. Nederlander. Set at a college based off our very own bucolic campus in 1962, the original film begins as "Dean Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, though the frat's misfit group of troublemakers has other plans." The original producer of the film, Matty Simmons — a founding publisher of National Lampoon magazine — will serve as executive producer. Chris Miller '63 co-wrote the film, which ...
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We interrupt normal IR blogging to state the obvious about the Star Wars films
Foreign Policy - almost 5 years
Your humble blogger has occasionally demonstrated an interest in the Star Wars saga, and, alas, I see over the weekend that a lot of nonsense and some occasional brilliance has been written about this topic.  Let's dive in!  While Star Wars devotees are a cantankerous, obsessive, socially maladjusted and generally the-worst-parts-of-Kevin-Smith lot, but there is general agreement on two statements:  1) The Empire Strikes Back is the best of the movies; 2)  None of films in the "prequel" trilogy are better than any of the films in the older trilogy. Both of these statements might seem so obvious that they can usually be asserted as axioms without justification.  These canonical statements have been challenged this week, however.  Kevin Drum bravely and gamely tries to argue that Return of the Jedi is the best film in the series.  I won't quote him here but urge you to read the whole post.  It's not a bad argument per se, if it wasn't so horribly, horribly wrong.  ...
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Scrooged Coming To Blu-Ray, Says Bah Humbug To Bonus Features - Cinema Blend
Google News - over 5 years
The appeal here is that it&#39;s happening to Bill Murray in his prime, alongside a cast that includes Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Robert Mitchum. Unfortunately, Paramount Home Entertainment has left a lump of coal in our stocking
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Hurricane movies to watch this weekend - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
A star-studded cast includes George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, William Fichtner, John C. Reilly, John Hawkes, Diane Lane, Michael Ironside, Karen Allen and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. This disaster film directed by &quot;2012&quot; helmer Roland Emmerich,
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Cold Shoulders - National Review Online (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Another reader writes, “A law-school friend bumped into Karen Allen in an aisle at a DC bookstore. She smiled what he described as the most incredible smile at him. Somewhat stunned, he ignored her — and regretted it very much afterward
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Rail authority workshop for environmental report set for Corcoran today - Hanford Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Hook, Rodriguez and neighbor Karen Allen have all been regular participants at the anti-rail project citizens group meetings and activities. They also joined the group in traveling to Bakersfield July 14 to voice their concerns at the Authority&#39;s last
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'Scrooged' Debuts On Blu-ray November 1st - Starpulse.com
Google News - over 5 years
Starring Bill Murray as a television executive with a heart of stone, the film takes viewers on a darkly comic adventure populated by an all-star cast including Karen Allen (Raiders Of The Lost Ark), John Forsythe (“Dynasty”), Bobcat Goldthwait (Shakes
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Karen Allen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 63
    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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  • 2012
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Allen has a long-standing relationship with the Berkshire Theater Group. It began in 1981, when she appeared in the play Two for the Seesaw at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She has also appeared in summer production of the nearby Williamstown Theater Festival.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 56
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 38
    In 1990, she portrayed the doomed crew member Christa McAuliffe in the television movie Challenger, based on the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, she appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992), in a small supporting role in The Perfect Storm (2000) and In the Bedroom (2001). She made guest appearances on television's Law & Order (1996) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2001). She also starred in the short-lived series The Road Home (1994) and portrayed Dr. Clare Burton in the video game Ripper (1996). In 2014 she played the role of Betty Lowe in "Unfinished Business" the 13th episode of the 4th season of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods.
  • 1988
    Age 36
    In 1988, Allen married actor Kale Browne and gave birth to a son, Nicholas, in 1990. The couple divorced in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Following the birth of her son, Allen accepted smaller roles in TV and films in order to concentrate on raising Nicholas. She developed an affinity for knitting, and in 2003 started her own textile company, Karen Allen Fiber Arts, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The company sells items Allen knits herself, using a Japanese-made knitting machine. For her work in the textile arts, she was awarded an honorary master's degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009. Allen also teaches acting at Bard College at Simon's Rock, located in Great Barrington. She currently lives in Monterey, Massachusetts. She also teaches yoga.
    In 1988, Allen returned to the big screen as Bill Murray's long-lost love, Claire, in the Christmas comedy Scrooged.
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  • 1987
    Age 35
    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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  • 1983
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 30
    Allen debuted on Broadway in the 1982 production The Monday After The Miracle.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 27
    She also appeared (as a guest star) in the 1979 pilot episode of the long-running CBS series Knots Landing and played Annie Fairgate, the daughter of Don Murray's character Sid Fairgate and Sid's first wife Susan Philby.
    More Details Hide Details Her career-changing role came with the blockbuster hit Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), directed by Steven Spielberg, in which she played the feisty heroine Marion Ravenwood, love interest of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). Allen won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance. After a few minor films, including leading roles in the dramatic thriller Split Image (1982), directed by Ted Kotcheff and the Paris-set romantic drama Until September (1984), directed by Richard Marquand as well as other stage appearances, she co-starred with Jeff Bridges in the science fiction film Starman (1984).
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 26
    Allen made her major film debut in 1978, in National Lampoon's Animal House.
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  • 1974
    Age 22
    In 1974, Allen joined Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details Three years later, she moved back to New York City and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on October 5, 1951.
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