Kari Michaelsen

American actress Kari Michaelsen

Kari Michaelsen is an American actress and motivational speaker. As an actress, she is best known for her role as Katie Kanisky on sitcom Gimme a Break! (1981–1986). Born in Manhattan, Michaelsen followed her parents into show business. Her father, Arne Markusen, is a singer. Her mother, Roberta Stevenson, was a dancer. She sang on the soundtrack for Sesame Street and was performing in Off-Broadway plays by age 11.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    Michaelsen and David Waldock were divorced in 2009.
  • 2002
    Age 40
    She married David Waldock, a Mercedes-Benz executive, in July 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 39
    She retired from television work in 2001.
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  • 1975
    Age 13
    In 1975 her family moved to Beverly Hills and Michaelsen (who changed her name from Markussen) soon won guest spots on such shows as Diff'rent Strokes and Eight Is Enough.
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  • 1961
    Born on November 3, 1961.
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