Karen Dianne Baldwin

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Karen Baldwin
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Karen Dianne Baldwin
(1963-09-06) September 6, 1963 (age 51)[citation needed]
London, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 54.3 kg (120 lb)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue Green
Title(s) Miss Canada 1982
Miss Universe 1982
Miss Canada 1982
Miss Universe 1982
Spouse Jack Scalia (1987-1996, two daughters)
Children Olivia and Jacqueline

Karen Dianne Baldwin, (born September 6, 1963 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actress, TV Host and beauty queen who was the first Canadian winner of Miss Universe.

Early life[edit]

Before becoming Miss Universe, she attended London Central Secondary School in London, Ontario.

Miss Universe[edit]

Baldwin was the winner of the 1982 Miss Canada pageant and was crowned Miss Universe in Lima, Peru. She then relinquished her crown to Lorraine Downes the following year in the United States.

Life after Miss Universe[edit]

She hosted The New You, a Canadian fashion and lifestyle television program and was one of the co-hosts for the 1989 Miss Universe pageant, held in Cancun, Mexico.

She was also featured in the comedy movie Who's That Girl starring Madonna and Griffin Dunne as "Heather", one of the kidnapped bridesmaids and she appeared in the movies: Spellbinder, Night Eyes, Last Call, T-Force and Sudden Death.

Personal life[edit]

She married actor Jack Scalia in 1987 and they had two daughters: Olivia (b. 1987) and Jacqueline (b. 1990). They were divorced in 1996.


  • 1987 : Who's That Girl : Heather—Wendy's friend
  • 1988 : Spellbinder : Mona
  • 1989 : Eyewitness to Murder : Rebecca
  • 1989 : The Jigsaw Murders : Receptionist
  • 1990 : Night Eyes : Ellen
  • 1991 : Last Call : Carol
  • 1995 : Terminal Force (T-Force) : Reporter
  • 1995 : Mort subite (Sudden Death) : TV director


Media offices
Preceded by
Tracy Scoggins
Miss Universe colour commentator
(with Emma Samms)
Succeeded by
Leeza Gibbons and Margaret Gardiner
Preceded by
Jodi Yvonne Rutledge
Miss Canada colour commentator
Succeeded by
Terry MacKay