Karen Kondazian





1/27/1951 , Boston, Massachusetts

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Karen Kondazian's career as an actor, author and journalist is as diverse as it is long. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of eight Karen was chosen to be one of the infamous children on Art Linkletter's KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS. The opportunity to miss school during tapings was all it took for Karen to abandon her life's goal of becoming a CIA spy and focus on acting.

In 1979, she won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in THE ROSE TATTOO, (in which her work as actor and producer so impressed Tennessee Williams that they became friends, and he gave her carte blanche to produce any of his work in his lifetime).

She has appeared as series regular lead in CBS's SHANNON and guest starred in over 50 television shows and films including, TNT's JAMES DEAN with James Franco (dir. Mark Rydell), NYPD BLUE, FRAISER, YES GIORGIO with Luciano Pavarotti, and played Kate Holiday in THE SHOOTOUT AT OK CORRAL.

She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of Women in Film. She occasionally teaches at the Lee Strasberg School of Theater and Film in Hollywood.

Kondazian is a published writer. She is the author of the best-selling book THE ACTOR'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CASTING DIRECTORS. Her long running weekly column, "Sculpting Your Own Career" appeared in BACK STAGE WEST.

Kondazian just published her critically acclaimed debut novel, based on a true story, The Whip. It recently made the cover of Publisher's Weekly on March 26th, 2012.