Karen Lynn Gorney

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Karen Lynn Gorney
Richard Hatch Karen Gorney All My Children 1970.JPG
Gorney and Richard Hatch in All My Children.
Born (1945-01-28) January 28, 1945 (age 70)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Ken Golden (divorced)
Mark Toback (1995–present)

Karen Lynn Gorney (born January 28, 1945) is an American actress, known for her roles on television and film.


Early life[edit]

Gorney was born in Beverly Hills, California. She is the daughter of 20th-century composer Jay Gorney, who wrote the music for what many consider the definitive song about America's Great Depression, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?". She earned degrees from both Carnegie Mellon University and Brandeis University. Karen is the sister of author, professor, and physician Rod Gorney, who has taught for many years at UCLA.

Early career[edit]

From 1970 to 1974, Karen played the role of Tara Martin on the soap opera All My Children. After she left the show, Karen had agreed to return when her replacement, actress/writer Stephanie Braxton, decided to leave the show. She returned for the 1976–77 season but was eventually fired as Tara and did not return to the show until almost 20 years later. In 1977, Karen co-starred in her biggest role to date as Stephanie Mangano in the film Saturday Night Fever alongside John Travolta. The next year, she appeared as a celebrity panelist on Hollywood Squares.

Return to film, stage and TV[edit]

After a lengthy hiatus, during which she managed an art gallery in Manhattan, New York, Gorney returned to acting in the early ’90s, appearing in small roles in such films as The Hard Way (1991), Ripe (1996), and Creating Karma (2005), and returning to All My Children during 1995 in cameo spots. More recently, she has guest-starred in a number of TV shows, including Law & Order, The Sopranos, and Six Degrees, as well as doing independent films and off-Broadway shows.

Due to her connection with disco music, and her popular role in Saturday Night Fever, she has been featured on a number of disco documentaries and specials, including Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion, which she co-hosted with Saturday Night Fever choreographer Deney Terrio for PBS. During the show Gorney and Terrio dance to Tavares' hit single "More Than a Woman" as she did with co-star John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever back in 1977. She appeared on VH1's When Disco Ruled the World and was interviewed for the disco video documentary Disco: Spinning the Story.

Karen appeared in the UK on ITV1's lunchtime programme Loose Women (a topical debate programme from a woman's perspective) on 28 September 2007, helping to promote the 30th anniversary of the launch of the film Saturday Night Fever and the Bee Gees' new Greatest Hits album.

She was featured in the role of the Judge in the 2008 independent feature film Dear J.

Gorney is a long-time resident of New York City. Recently she appeared in the stage production Monsterface at the Irish Rep Theater and is currently preparing for her role as "Belaria" in Frog and Peach Theatre Company's production of Cymbeline at the West End Theatre, October 2010.

Music career[edit]

Along with her acting work, Gorney is a singer and has released three albums: Used to Love You Madly, Hot Moonlight!, and The Dance of the Deadly's. She has performed at various jazz clubs and cafes.

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