Karen Kondazian

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Karen Kondazian
Karen Kondazian.jpg
Karen Kondazian, 2012
Born Karen Kondazian
(1950-01-27) January 27, 1950 (age 65)
Newton, Massachusetts
Alma mater San Francisco State College, University of Vienna, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, Novelist
Website http://www.karen-kondazian.com
Karen Kondazian and Lex Barker, May 1973

Karen Kondazian (born January 27, 1950 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American award-winning actress and author.[1][2] She attended Abraham Lincoln High School, and received a B.A. from San Francisco State College, and graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[3] She began working in theater, starring in productions such as The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore as Flora Goforth.[4] In 2012 Kondazian published The Whip, a novel based upon the life of Charley Parkhurst.

Theatre work[edit]

Year Production Role Awards/Nominations/Notes
1972 Richard II (Ahmanson Theatre, LA) Queen’s Lady in Waiting
1974 Hamlet (Mark Taper Forum Theater, LA) Gertrude’s Lady in Waiting
1978-79 The Rose Tattoo (Beverly Hills Playhouse) Serafina Winner – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award – Best Actress
1980 Sweet Bird of Youth (Gene Darnyasky Theater, LA) Princess Kosmonopolis Winner – Drama-Logue Award
1981 Lady House Blues (South Coast Repertory Theater) Liz Madden Winner – Drama-Logue Award
1983 Vieux Carré (Beverly Hills Playhouse) Mrs. Wire Winner – LA Weekly Theater Award – Best Actress
Winner – Drama-Logue Award
1984 Broken Eggs (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY) Sonia
1985-86 Tamara (Il Vittoriale, LA) Aelis Winner - Drama-Logue Award
1987 The Night of the Iguana (Old Globe Theatre, SD) Maxine
1989 Freedomland (South Coast Repertory Theater) Claude play (Nominated) – Pulitzer Prize
Mixed Blessings (Coconut Grove Playhouse) Velia Martinez
1991 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) Martha Nominated - San Francisco Drama Critics Circle Award – Best Actress
1996 Orpheus Descending (The Fountain Theatre, LA) Lady Nominated – Ovation Award – Best Actress
2000 The Night of the Iguana (The Fountain Theatre, LA) Maxine Winner – Back Stage Garland Award
2003-04 Master Class (The Fountain Theatre, LA),
(Odyssey Theater, LA),
(Lobero Theatre, SB)
Maria Callas Winner – Ovation Award – Best Production of the Year
Winner – Back Stage Garland Award
Winner - Maddy Award
Winner - Entertainment Today Award - Best Actress
2005 Kissing Fidel (42nd Street Theater, NY) Miriam [5]
2007 The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (The Fountain Theatre, LA) Mrs. Goford Nominated – LA Weekly Theater Award – Best Actress
Luciano Pavarotti embraces Karen Kondazian on the set of Yes, Giorgio


Year Film Role
1982 Yes, Giorgio Francesca Giordano
1986 Cobra Nurse Irene
1995 Steal Big Steal Little Mrs. Agopian
1998 My Brother Jack Rose Casale
2007 The Blue Hour Tello
2009 The Shift Sophia

TV Roles[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1972 David L. Wolper’s Appointment With Destiny Kate Elder Holliday 1 Episode
Showdown at O.K. Corral
The Hound of the Baskervilles Mrs. Mortimer TV movie - starring Stewart Granger
1973 The Waltons Franzia 1 Episode
The Gypsies
1980 A Rumor of War Mrs. Modesta TV movie
1981 The Gangster Chronicles (recurring) Mrs. Luciano Mini-series (NBC)
Lucky Luciano
1982 Shannon Irene Locatelli 9 Episodes (CBS)
John's Awakening
Beating The Prime
Favor For An Enemy
Curtain Calls
Secret Rage
The Untouchable
Neither A Borrower
Gotham Swansong
Hill Street Blues Widow Alessi 1 Episode
The Shooter
1986 Cagney and Lacey Mrs. Arroyo 1 Episode
1987 Moonlighting Margaret Renborn 1 Episode
Poltergeist III - Dipesto Nothing
Walt Disney's Bride of Boogedy Madeleinska TV Movie
1988 Wiseguy Linda DeSica 1 Episode
Aria for Don Aiuppo
1990 Ferris Bueller Marjorie Ganesha 1 Episode
Ferris Bueller Can't Win
1991 Murder She Wrote Rosalee Rossari 1 Episode
Lines of Excellence
1992 Baywatch Bella 1 Episode
Summer of '85
Mortal Sins Rose Croce TV movie
1995 The Ellen Show Gypsy Fortune Teller 1 Episode
Ellen's Choice
Land's End Mrs. Commandante Pilot
El Perico
1997 Tracey Takes On... Casaba Woman 1 Episode
2000 Frasier Adrianna Pettibone 2 Episodes
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon - Part 1
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon - Part 2
2001 James Dean Mrs. Pierangeli (TNT) TV movie
2002 NYPD Blue Mrs. Kilik 1 Episode
Oh, Mama!
2005 McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out Nurse Williams (Hallmark Channel) TV movie
2009 The Bill Engvall Show Fatima 1 Episode
The Way We Were


  • The Actors Encyclopedia of Casting Directors (2000)
  • The Whip (2012)[7][8][9][10]

Video game[edit]

Kondazian's likeness has been used in the Video Game Zork Nemesis

Year Name of Game Role
1996 Zork Nemesis Female patient (Maria) #2





  1. ^ Riggs, Thomas (2001). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Gale Group. p. 187. ISBN 0787646393. 
  2. ^ "New novel details legendary Watsonville woman's life". KSBW. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Karen Kondazian". Lincoln Alumni. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Cuthbert, David. "'A Witch and a Bitch' to the rescue". NOLA. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Isherwood, Charles (September 22, 2005). "Planting Big Wet Ones on the Face of Cuba". New York Times. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  6. ^ David L. Wolper Official Website APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY (1971-1973)
  7. ^ "A Good Read: The Whip". CBS. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Author Karen Kondazian Discusses Her New Book ‘The Whip’". CBS. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fiction Reviews, November 1, 2011". Library Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "BookRadio Show Premieres in Santa Monica". MediaBistro. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "2014 Readers Favorite Award Contest Winners". 
  12. ^ "2013 Global Ebook Awards Winners". 
  13. ^ "The USA Best Book Awards (2012 Winners)". USA Book News. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "WINNERS OF THE 2013 AWARDS!". National Indie Excellence Award. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "2013 International Book Awards". International Book Awards. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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