Karen Spencer

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Karen Spencer
Karen Spencer.jpg
The Bold and the Beautiful character
Portrayed by Joanna Johnson
Duration 1991–94, 2009, 2011, 2012–13, 2014
First appearance December 11, 1991 (1991-12-11)
Last appearance April 18, 2014
Created by William J. Bell
Classification Former, recurring
Other names Faith Roberts
Occupation Businesswoman
Residence New York City

Karen Spencer is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. After Joanna Johnson's character Caroline Spencer Forrester was killed off the show, Karen was created to bring back Johnson to the Soap Opera. She first appeared In 1991 and remained until 1994. Johnson briefly returned to the role on April 28, 2009, and again in July 2011 for a several week brief story-arc.[1]

Johnson was announced to be returning to the series in March 2012 with her daughter, Caroline.[2] In April 2012, it was announced that Crystal Chappell would join the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Caroline's "other" mother and Karen's wife, Danielle.[3]


Faith Roberts worked as a waitress and had been raised in Starlight, Texas by Bonnie Roberts.It was revealed that Karen had been working at Spencer Publications. Stephanie called her to offer her condolences about the death of her father Bill Spencer, Sr.. She was present for the reading of her father's will where in it; he bequeathed 50% of Spencer Publications to her and the other 50% to her half-brother Bill Spencer Jr. She and Bill Jr. were also named the successor Co-CEOs of Spencer Publications. Although Karen was hesitant to assume the role, Stephanie assured her she would do a fine job. Karen then decided to stay around town and befriended, Nick Marone. Karen attended her half-brother's wedding to Katie Logan in November 2009. She left town again shortly after and currently runs the East Coast division of Spencer Publications in New York City.

Karen invites Caroline and her boyfriend, Thomas over. She continues to tell Caroline she's not ready to tell everyone about their family's situation. Caroline convinces Karen to tell Thomas that the family friend, Danielle, is Karen's partner. Karen warns that she doesn't want Bill to find out about her private life fearing that he, like their father, would disapprove.

Caroline later reveals to Thomas that Karen's father Bill Spencer, Sr. wanted Karen to marry a junior executive at Spencer Publications but she refused. When he found out about Karen's relationship with Danielle he refused to acknowledge Danielle or the fact that Karen had a partner and forced Karen to keep it a secret from everyone, including Bill Spencer, Jr.

When it's revealed that her brother, Bill, had an affair with his sister-in-law, Brooke Logan, Katie divorces Bill and, as part of the settlement, Katie receives 1% ownership of Spencer Publications. Karen and Katie combine their stock, fire Bill from Spencer Publications and make Katie CEO of Spencer Publications. Then, Karen returns to New York.


  1. ^ Logan, Michael. "Joanna Johnson returns to The Bold and the Beautiful". TV Guide.com. 2011-07-01.
  2. ^ "Joanna Johnson Returning". TV Guide. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ InsideTV.EW.com (2012-04-11). "Lesbian Storyline Coming to Bold and the Beautiful". Retrieved April 11, 2011.