Karen Kondazian, 2012
January 27, 1950
|Alma mater||San Francisco State College, University of Vienna, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
Karen Kondazian (born January 27, 1950 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American award-winning actress and author. She attended Abraham Lincoln High School, and received a B.A. from San Francisco State College, and graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She began working in theater, starring in productions such as The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore as Flora Goforth. In 2012 Kondazian published The Whip, a novel based upon the life of Charley Parkhurst.
|1972||Richard II (Ahmanson Theatre, LA)||Queen’s Lady in Waiting|
|1974||Hamlet (Mark Taper Forum Theater, LA)||Gertrude’s Lady in Waiting|
|1978-79||The Rose Tattoo (Beverly Hills Playhouse)||Serafina||Winner – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award – Best Actress|
|1980||Sweet Bird of Youth (Gene Darnyasky Theater, LA)||Princess Kosmonopolis||Winner – Drama-Logue Award|
|1981||Lady House Blues (South Coast Repertory Theater)||Liz Madden||Winner – Drama-Logue Award|
|1983||Vieux Carré (Beverly Hills Playhouse)||Mrs. Wire||Winner – LA Weekly Theater Award – Best Actress
Winner – Drama-Logue Award
|1984||Broken Eggs (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY)||Sonia|
|1985-86||Tamara (Il Vittoriale, LA)||Aelis||Winner - Drama-Logue Award|
|1987||The Night of the Iguana (Old Globe Theatre, SD)||Maxine|
|1989||Freedomland (South Coast Repertory Theater)||Claude||play (Nominated) – Pulitzer Prize|
|Mixed Blessings (Coconut Grove Playhouse)||Velia Martinez|
|1991||Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)||Martha||Nominated - San Francisco Drama Critics Circle Award – Best Actress|
|1996||Orpheus Descending (The Fountain Theatre, LA)||Lady||Nominated – Ovation Award – Best Actress|
|2000||The Night of the Iguana (The Fountain Theatre, LA)||Maxine||Winner – Back Stage Garland Award|
|2003-04||Master Class (The Fountain Theatre, LA),
(Odyssey Theater, LA),
(Lobero Theatre, SB)
|Maria Callas||Winner – Ovation Award – Best Production of the Year
Winner – Back Stage Garland Award
Winner - Maddy Award
Winner - Entertainment Today Award - Best Actress
|2005||Kissing Fidel (42nd Street Theater, NY)||Miriam|||
|2007||The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (The Fountain Theatre, LA)||Mrs. Goford||Nominated – LA Weekly Theater Award – Best Actress|
|1982||Yes, Giorgio||Francesca Giordano|
|1995||Steal Big Steal Little||Mrs. Agopian|
|1998||My Brother Jack||Rose Casale|
|2007||The Blue Hour||Tello|
|1972||David L. Wolper’s Appointment With Destiny||Kate Elder Holliday||1 Episode
Showdown at O.K. Corral
|The Hound of the Baskervilles||Mrs. Mortimer||TV movie - starring Stewart Granger|
|1973||The Waltons||Franzia||1 Episode
|1980||A Rumor of War||Mrs. Modesta||TV movie|
|1981||The Gangster Chronicles (recurring)||Mrs. Luciano||Mini-series (NBC)
|1982||Shannon||Irene Locatelli||9 Episodes (CBS)
Beating The Prime
Favor For An Enemy
Neither A Borrower
|Hill Street Blues||Widow Alessi||1 Episode
|1986||Cagney and Lacey||Mrs. Arroyo||1 Episode
|1987||Moonlighting||Margaret Renborn||1 Episode
Poltergeist III - Dipesto Nothing
|Walt Disney's Bride of Boogedy||Madeleinska||TV Movie|
|1988||Wiseguy||Linda DeSica||1 Episode
Aria for Don Aiuppo
|1990||Ferris Bueller||Marjorie Ganesha||1 Episode
Ferris Bueller Can't Win
|1991||Murder She Wrote||Rosalee Rossari||1 Episode
Lines of Excellence
Summer of '85
|Mortal Sins||Rose Croce||TV movie|
|1995||The Ellen Show||Gypsy Fortune Teller||1 Episode
|Land's End||Mrs. Commandante||Pilot
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||Casaba Woman||1 Episode
|2000||Frasier||Adrianna Pettibone||2 Episodes
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon - Part 1
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon - Part 2
|2001||James Dean||Mrs. Pierangeli||(TNT) TV movie|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Mrs. Kilik||1 Episode
|2005||McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out||Nurse Williams||(Hallmark Channel) TV movie|
|2009||The Bill Engvall Show||Fatima||1 Episode
The Way We Were
Kondazian's likeness has been used in the Video Game Zork Nemesis
|Year||Name of Game||Role|
|1996||Zork Nemesis||Female patient (Maria) #2|
- Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, The Rose Tattoo (1979)
- Drama-Logue Award for Sweet Bird of Youth (1980)
- Drama-Logue Award for Lady House Blues (1981)
- LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Actress, Vieux Carré (1983)
- Drama-Logue Award for Vieux Carré (1983)
- Drama-Logue Award for Tamara (1985)
- Back Stage Garland Award for The Night of the Iguana (2000)
- Ovation Award for Master Class, Best Production of the Year (2004)
- Back Stage Garland Award for Master Class (2004)
- Maddy Award for Master Class (2004)
- Entertainment Today Award for Best Actress for Master Class (2004)
- USA Book News Award for Best Historical Fiction for The Whip (2012)
- National Indie Excellence Award for Best Western for The Whip (2013)
- International Book Award for Best Western for The Whip (2013)
- Riggs, Thomas (2001). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Gale Group. p. 187. ISBN 0787646393.
- "New novel details legendary Watsonville woman's life". KSBW. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Karen Kondazian". Lincoln Alumni. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Cuthbert, David. "'A Witch and a Bitch' to the rescue". NOLA. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Isherwood, Charles (September 22, 2005). "Planting Big Wet Ones on the Face of Cuba". New York Times. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- David L. Wolper Official Website APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY (1971-1973)
- "A Good Read: The Whip". CBS. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Author Karen Kondazian Discusses Her New Book ‘The Whip’". CBS. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Fiction Reviews, November 1, 2011". Library Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "BookRadio Show Premieres in Santa Monica". MediaBistro. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- "The USA Best Book Awards (2012 Winners)". USA Book News. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- "WINNERS OF THE 2013 AWARDS!". National Indie Excellence Award. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "2013 International Book Awards". International Book Awards. Retrieved 18 July 2013.