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Karen Finley

Karen Finley was born on March 7, 1956 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Philadelphia (1993), Far East of Eden (2016) and The Genius (1993). She was previously married to Michael Overn and Brian Routh. See full bio »

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Known For

Philadelphia Dr. Gillman
Far East of Eden Politician
The Genius Kitty Church
Party Girl Soundtrack


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (7 credits)
 2016 Far East of Eden (Short)
 2004 Karen Finley Live (Video)
Karen Finley
 2000 12 Rounds (Short)
 1994 Fresh Kill
 1993 Philadelphia
Dr. Gillman
 1993 The Genius
Kitty Church
 1985 You Killed Me First (Short)
Hide Hide Show Show Writer (2 credits)
 2016 Far East of Eden (Short) (writer)
 2004 Karen Finley Live (Video)
Hide Hide Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
 1995 Party Girl (performer: "Lick It - No Afro Sheen Mix") / (writer: "Lick It - No Afro Sheen Mix")
Hide Hide Show Show Producer (1 credit)
 2016 Far East of Eden (Short) (executive producer)
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 2012 The Debridement of Rome (Short) (special thanks)
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 2013 Let the Record Show (Documentary)
 2010 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (Documentary)
Herself - Performance Artist
 2004 Thinking XXX (TV Movie documentary)
 2000 Naked Players Meet the People (TV Movie documentary)
 1995 Lauren Hutton and... (TV Series)
- Karen Finley (1995) ... Herself
 1988 Pranks TV! (Video documentary)
 1988 Mondo New York (Documentary)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "A Different Kind of Intimacy: The Collected Writings of Karen Finley", Thunder's Mouth Press, (October 30, 2000) , ISBN 1560252936. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Pictorials | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on the stress of performing:] "I could get attention a lot of other ways. Easier ways. It's so painful. I don't want to perform. Every time, I say, 'Why am I doing this, why didn't I become a veterinarian, why didn't I go the easy way out?' . . . I feel that I have to do it because I don't see many other people who are capable of doing it. I feel that it's my responsibility."


A successful performance artist known as one of the infamous "NEA Four" - along with John Fleck, Tim Miller, and Holly Hughes - whose lawsuit against the National Endowment of the Arts achieved notoriety in the early 90's.

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