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      Karen Austin

      Karen Austin

      Highest Rated: 81% Jagged Edge (1985)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Summer Rental (1985)

      Birthday: Oct 24, 1955

      Birthplace: Welch, West Virginia, USA

      With a master's degree in dramatic literature from Northwestern to her name, Karen Austin got her first break as an actress on the beloved sitcom "Happy Days" in 1978. She appeared on the prime-time soap "Dallas" and the detective series "The Rockford Files" shortly thereafter, and in 1979 scored her first role in a feature film with the inspirational drama "Fish Hawk." After being cast in a leading role in the failed adventure series "The Quest" in 1982, she signed on for a supporting role as a court clerk on the inaugural season of "Night Court" in 1984. Despite significant screen time, and a simmering romance with quirky Judge Harry Stone, she left the legal comedy after only 10 episodes. Following a brief stopover on the medical drama "St. Elsewhere," Austin landed a co-starring role as John Candy's wife in the 1985 comedy "Summer Rental." The next year, she starred in the disturbing revenge flick "The Ladies Club" as a rape victim with a vendetta. Aside from a supporting role in the 1989 thriller "Far From Home," her mid-'80s projects were her most prominent. Never without work, however, Austin continued to appear as a guest star on many popular TV series into the new millennium, though she never again saw quite the spotlight that she did earlier in her career.

      Highest rated movies

      Jagged Edge poster
      Jagged Edge
      When a Stranger Calls Back poster
      When a Stranger Calls Back
      The Rum Diary poster
      The Rum Diary
      Sweet Talk poster
      Sweet Talk
      Summer Rental poster
      Summer Rental

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      40% 50% Sweet Talk Newsvendor / Nurse (Character) - 2012
      51% 36% The Rum Diary Mrs. Zimburger (Character) $13.1M 2011
      No Score Yet 17% Confined Ellie Wolfram (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 62% Amber's Story Glenda Whitson (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Best Friends for Life Violet Evans (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder or Memory? A Moment of Truth Movie Connie Frawley (Character) - 1994
      57% 55% When a Stranger Calls Back Skid Row Woman (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 57% Casey's Gift: For Love of a Child Donna Bolen (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 41% Far From Home Louise (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Girl to Kill For Karen/Shopper (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 11% The Case of the Hillside Stranglers J.D. Jackson (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 25% Laura Lansing Slept Here Melody Gomphers (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When the Time Comes Joanna (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 0% Assassin Mary Casallas (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Penalty Phase Julie (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 38% The Ladies Club Joan Taylor (Character) $239.1K 1986
      17% 51% Summer Rental Sandy Chester (Character) - 1985
      81% 58% Jagged Edge Julie Jensen (Character) $36.9M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quest Carrie Welby (Character) - 1982

      TV

      Credit
      83% 84% The Closer Linda Prall (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 69% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      20% No Score Yet Rodney Patsy (Guest Star) 2004 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Freddie Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Lois McDaniel (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 93% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2002-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Profiler Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 77% Star Trek: Voyager Miral (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 65% Sliders Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1999
      No Score Yet 93% Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      15% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 76% 3rd Rock From the Sun Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 100% Step by Step Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      91% 88% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kalandra (Guest Star) 1996
      83% 83% NYPD Blue Jessica Herman (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      44% No Score Yet Live Shot Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Linda Scott (Guest Star) 1992 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Lt. Megan Malone (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 75% Columbo Dr. Paula Hall (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 0% Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 100% 21 Jump Street Mrs. Futterman (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 25% Night Court Lana Wagner (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet 94% Three's Company Unknown (Guest Star) 1980 1982
      97% 100% Hill Street Blues West Virginia (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 100% Soap Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet 60% Happy Days Peggy Clark (Guest Star) 1978