Young, Karen 1958–

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Young, Karen 1958–


Born September 29, 1958, in Pequannock, NJ; father, a stone mason; mother, a homemaker; married Tom Noonan (an actor, director, and writer), c. 1988 (divorced); children: two. Education: Rutgers University, Douglass College, B.A., writing and English literature; studied acting with Paul Austin at Image Theatre/Studio, New York City.


Agent—Leading Artists, 145 West 45th St., Suite 1204, New York, NY 10036. Manager—Opus Entertainment, 5225 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 905, Los Angeles, CA 90036.


Actress, director, and writer.


Stage Appearances:

Marlies and Kaye, Three Acts of Recognition, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, New York City, 1982.

Megan Feather, Energumen, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Rebecca, Desperadoes, Marathon '85, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Sally, A Lie of the Mind, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1985–86.

Police officer Kaye, Dog Logic, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1992.

Arlie, Wifey, Paradise Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Judge, Taxicab Chronicles, New York Performance Works, New York City, 1999.

Kate, The Wax, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 2000–2001.

Appeared in other productions, including Jitterbugging.

Film Appearances:

Kathleen Sullivan, Deep in the Heart (also known as Handgun), Warner Bros., 1983.

Hannah Rourke, Birdy, TriStar, 1984.

Lisa Willoughby, Almost You, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1984.

Rosie, Maria's Lovers, Cannon/Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1985.

Voice of Doubt, Night Magic (musical), 1985.

Sue, 9 1/2 Weeks (also known as 9–1/2 Weeks and Nine 1/2 Weeks), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1986.

Carla Brody, Jaws: The Revenge (also known as Jaws 4 and Jaws the Return), Universal, 1987.

Holly, Heat, New Century/Vista Film Company, 1987.

Narrator, Painted Landscapes of the Times (documentary; also known as Painted Landscapes of the Times: The Art of Sue Coe), First Run Features/Cinema Libre, 1987.

Dorothea, Little Sweetheart (also known as Poison Candy), Nelson Entertainment, 1988.

Ellen Faulkner, Criminal Law, TriStar, 1988.

Laurel, Torch Song Trilogy, New Line Cinema, 1988.

Roxy, Night Game (also known as Night Games), Trans World Entertainment, 1989.

Candice Love, The Boy Who Called Bitch, Pilgrims 3 Corporation, 1991.

Patient, A Blink of Paradise (short film), 1992.

Young woman at RTA, Hoffa, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1992.

The singer, Love & Human Remains (also known as Amour et restes humains), Telefilm Canada, 1993.

Arlie, The Wife, Artistic License Films/Genre Films, 1996.

Sarah Crighton, Daylight, Universal, 1996.

Dierdre Grogan, Pants on Fire, Shadow Distribution, 1998.

Theresa Henry, Joe the King (also known as Joe Henry), Trimark Pictures, 1999.

Dolly, Falling Like This, Outrider Pictures, 2000.

Brenda, Vers le sud (also known as Heading South), Shadow Distribution, 2006.

Grace, Factotum, IFC Films/Picturehouse, 2006.

Film Director and Producer:

A Blink of Paradise (short film), 1992.

The Pesky Suitor (short film), 1995.

Film Song Performer:

"Hot for You," Sotto il vestito niente (also known as Nothing Underneath), Faso Film, 1985.

"Hot Shot," Reversal of Fortune, Warner Bros., 1990.

"Hot Shot," Down (also known as The Shaft), 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Agent Robyn Sanseverino, The Sopranos (also known as Made in New Jersey), HBO, 2002–2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Faye Vaughan, Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel (also known as Drug Wars II: The Columbia Connection), NBC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Robin Benedict, The High Price of Passion, NBC, 1986.

Jane, Wild Things, BBC, 1988.

Chandelle Sanford, The Summer My Father Grew Up, NBC, 1991.

Theresa, The 10 Million Dollar Getaway, USA Network, 1991.

Victoria, On the Edge of Innocence, NBC, 1997.

Mary, Mercy, HBO, 2000.

Some sources cite an appearance in Little Sister, BBC.

Television Appearances; Specials:

This Time It's Personal—Jaws: The Revenge, syndicated, 1987.

Alice Wiliker, To the Moon, Alice (short), Showtime, 1990.

Alecia, World upon Her Shoulder, Lifetime, 1998.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Brenda, Venecia 2005: Cronica de Carlos Boyero, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Officer Sandra Stahl, "Lady Cop," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985.

Marcia Trafficante, "Silence of the Lambskins," L.A. Law, NBC, 1991.

Cassie Rickiman, "Slave," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1996.

Denise Talbott, "Jones," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2001.

Shirley Holsclaw, "Man Enough," Third Watch, NBC, 2001.

Leslie Cooper, "Equal Rights," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2002.

Christina Nerrit, "Painless," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Ms. Milford, "Invaders," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2006.



A Blink of Paradise (short film), 1992.

The Pesky Suitor (short film), 1995.