Karen Lynn Gorney

Karen Lynn Gorney (born January 28, 1945) is an American actress, known for her roles on television and film. Gorney was born in Beverly Hills, California. She is the daughter of 20th-century composer Jay Gorney, who wrote the music for what many consider the definitive song about America's Great Depression, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?". She earned degrees from both Carnegie Mellon University and Brandeis University. Karen is the sister of author, professor and physician Rod Gorney, who has taught for many years at UCLA. From 1970 to 1974 Karen played the role of Tara Martin on the soap opera All My Children. After she left the show Karen had agreed to return when her replacement, actress/writer Stephanie Braxton, decided to leave the show. She returned for the 1976-77 season but was eventually fired as Tara and did not return to the show until almost 20 years later. In 1977 Karen co-starred in her biggest role to date as Stephanie Mangano in the film Saturday Night Fever alongside John Travolta.


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