Karen Dianne Baldwin

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Karen Baldwin
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Karen Dianne Baldwin
(1963-09-06) September 6, 1963 (age 53)
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)
Nicholas Karazissis
Children Olivia & Jacqueline

Karen Dianne Baldwin (born September 6, 1963)[1] is a Canadian actress, TV host and beauty queen who was the first Canadian winner of Miss Universe.

Early life[edit]

Baldwin was born in London, Ontario, Canada. Her father William is president of a real estate agency. Her mother Marion is a real estate broker. She has two brothers.[1] 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.[2][3]

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.[4]

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.

She works as a realtor for Sotheby's International Realty in southern California.[5]

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.[6] Her second husband is Nicholas Karazissis.[5]


  1. ^ a b Wilkinson, Tracy (27 July 1982). "Karen Dianne Baldwin, 18 became the first Canadian to...". UPI. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Canadian wins Miss Universe title". Reading Eagle. 27 July 1982. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Voit, Catherine (10 July 1983). "Canadian Woman Begins End Of Reign As Miss Universe". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Schnurmacher, Thomas (7 September 1985). "The tapes run out and New You gets a new host". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Karen Baldwin". Sotheby's International Realty. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  6. ^ Poseidon3 (5 February 2015). "Are You Ready to Jack It?". Poseidon's Underworld. Retrieved 30 April 2016.

External links[edit]

Karen Dianne Baldwin at the Internet Movie Database

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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