October 13, 1945
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Manhattanville College
She was born Karen Orth-Pallavicini in New York City on October 13, 1945. Her immigrant father, Heinnick Christian Orth-Pallavicini, was of Austrian and Swiss-Italian heritage. He was reportedly a member of the European nobility family Pallavicini who dropped his title when he came to America. Her American-born mother, Mary Louise (née Adams), a chaplain, had Russian, Norwegian, and French forebears on one side of her family and Scotch-Irish ones on the other. Her younger sister, Nicole Orth-Pallavicini, is also an actress. Another younger sister, Marie Orth-Pallavicini, is married to David Baker Cadman, a grandson of John Cadman, 1st Baron Cadman. Akers graduated from Manhattanville College.
Akers first appeared on Broadway in the original production of Nine, a musical directed by Tommy Tune and based on the Federico Fellini film 8½, as Luisa Contini, the wife of promiscuous film director Guido Contini (played by Raúl Juliá). The show opened May 9, 1982, and had a successful run of 732 performances, closing February 4, 1984. Akers won a Theatre World Award for her performance. She was one of three actresses in the show nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, with the award eventually going to fellow cast member Liliane Montevecchi.
She appeared on Broadway in Grand Hotel, a musical adaptation of the novel and film, scored by Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Maury Yeston. In Grand Hotel Akers was reunited with Nine director Tommy Tune and Nine cast members Liliane Motevecchi and Kathi Moss. The show opened November 12, 1989, for a run of 1,018 performances, through April 19, 1992.
On September 19, 1993, Karen married Kevin Patrick Power, vice president of the satellite communications company Orion Network Systems, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at St. Paul's Chapel Columbia University in New York. It was her second marriage. She has two sons from her first marriage to Jim Akers in 1968, which ended in divorce.
|1985||The Purple Rose of Cairo||Kitty Haynes||Also on the soundtrack, uncredited, performing "One Day at a Time".|
|1984||Hart to Hart||Raquel Moskowitz||TV Series; 1 episode: "Whispers in the Wings"|
|1985||The Equalizer||Cynthia||TV Series; 1 episode: "China Rain"|
|1987||Cheers||Sally||TV Series; 1 episode: "My Fair Clavin"|
|1991||Today||Herself||TV Series; 1 episode: "Episode dated 5 November 1991"|
|1983–1997||Great Performances||Herself||TV Series; 2 episodes:
DVD Concert Films
- 2005: Karen Akers: On Stage at Wolf Trap
- 1981: Karen Akers - Blackwood Records BLWD 001
- 1982: Karen Akers - Rizzoli/Blackwood Records 1001
- 1987: In A Very Unusual Way - Rizzoli Records 1004/71004
- reissue 1999 In A Very Unusual Way - Cabaret 5002
- 1994: Just Imagine - DRG 5231
- 1996: Under Paris Skies - Cabaret Records 5019
- 1997: Live from Rainbow and Stars - DRG 1450
- 2001: Feels Like Home - DRG 1465
- 2004: If We Only Have Love - DRG 1383
- 2006: Like It Was - DRG CD 91498
- 2008: Simply Styne - DRG 1506
- thepeerage.com Retrieved on July 6, 2007
- "Karen Akers "Sooner or Later"". CD Universe. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
- http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE5D91131F933A1575AC0A965958260 Query.nytimes.com Retrieved on 05-09-07
-  'On "The Worldly Wise World of Karen Akers - NY Times'nytimes.com Retrieved on 02-03-13
- "Karen Akers: On Stage At Wolf Trap". view.com. Retrieved October 20, 2013.