Karina Lombard

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Karina Lombard
Karina Lombard Cabourg 2011.jpg
Lombard in 2011 at the Cabourg Film festival
Born Katrina Lombard
(1969-01-21) January 21, 1969 (age 45)
Tahiti, French Polynesia
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Karina Lombard (born January 21, 1969) is a Tahitian-American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as the manipulative Marina Ferrer on the Showtime series The L Word.

Early life[edit]

Karina Lombard was born on January 21, 1969 in Tahiti. Her mother, Nupuree Lightfoot, is a Native American medicine woman of the Lakota Nation and was an immigrant living in Tahiti. Her father, Henry Lombard, a banker, is a European aristocrat of Russian, Italian and Swiss descent. Lombard is a naturalized U.S. citizen but when she was a year old, her parents separated and her father took Karina and her four siblings, Helen, Inez, Charles and Denise, to live at his estate in Barcelona, Spain. She went on to attend a number of Swiss boarding schools, including in Lausanne, where she has said that "being a descendant of an American Indian meant being treated like a savage."

Over the years she gained proficiency in Spanish, English, Italian, French and German.[1] She came to New York when she was 18 and began modeling and studied acting.

Career[edit]

Lombard's major break in modeling came about due to a Calvin Klein photo shoot with a Native American theme. One of her photographs was chosen to be a billboard ad. Her photographs appeared in Elle and Vogue.[1]

Her first film role was as a princess in L'île (The Island).[1] As an actress her first major film was Wide Sargasso Sea in 1993 followed by The Firm. She then went on to appear in the 1994 film Legends of the Fall, followed by Last Man Standing in 1996 alongside Bruce Willis.[1] In the 2000s she moved into television, appearing on the first season of The L Word and also in The 4400. She reprised her role as Marina Ferrer in the first episode of Season Four of The L Word and made one more brief appearance later that season as an actress auditioning for Jenny's film Lez Girls. Lombard also made a cameo appearance in the 2009 series finale.

Lombard portrayed the recurring character Geneviève on FX's Rescue Me.

Her theatre training and stage experience primarily comes from New York City's Gallery Theatre, the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Actors Studio. She has worked as a composer for the Cirque du Soleil and has done a photo shoot for Playboy magazine.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role
1991 Doors, TheThe Doors Warhol Actress
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea Antoinette Cosway
1993 Firm, TheThe Firm Young Woman on Beach
1994 Legends of the Fall Isabel Two
1996 Last Man Standing Felina
1997 Kull the Conqueror Zareta
1998 Exposé Amber Collins
2001 Guardian Katherine Kross
2003 Deception Margareth de Vries
2004 Big Kiss Liz
2010 Le fils à Jo Alice Hamilton
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 L'île Ivoa TV miniseries
1998 Early Edition Sammia Watts Episode: "Mum's the Word"
1998 Violent Earth, TheThe Violent Earth Anna Temaru TV miniseries
1999 Seventh Scroll, TheThe Seventh Scroll Royan TV miniseries
2000 Murder at the Cannes Film Festival Inspector Renee Reno TV movie
2004 Dr. Vegas[2] Black Widow / Jessica Rhodes Episode: "All In"
2004–2009 L Word, TheThe L Word[2] Marina Ferrer 16 episodes
2005–2006 4400, TheThe 4400[2] Alana Mareva 14 episodes
2007 Secrets Claude Perkins TV miniseries
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Pippa Sanchez Episode: "A La Cart"
2009 Rescue Me Geneviéve 6 episodes
2011 CSI: NY Eva Martinez Episode: "Holding Cell"
2012 NCIS Monique Lisson Episode: "The Missionary Position"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Brady, James (September 22, 1996), "In step with Karina Lombard", Parade Magazine: 14 
  2. ^ a b c d Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 12, 2005), "Karina Lombard on L Word, 4400 and Brad", TV Guide, retrieved 2011-11-23 

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