Karen Witter

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Karen Witter
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Witter in 2020
Born (1961-12-13) December 13, 1961 (age 59)
Other namesKaren Lorre
Occupationmodel, actress, writer
(m. 2001;div. 2010)
Website karenlorre.com

Karen Lorre (born December 13, 1961, in Long Beach, California), widely known by her maiden name, Karen Witter, is an American actress, model, and writer.


Early life

Lorre was born Karen Witter in Long Beach, California. [1] Lorre was a pre-med psycho-physiology major at the University of California, Irvine. [2] [1] She studied the biochemical origins of mental illness while there. [2] To raise money for tuition, she worked as a model and appeared in commercials. [2]



Lorre was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its March 1982 issue, [3] [4] and her centerfold was photographed by Arny Freytag. [5] [4] Witter later appeared on the cover of the March 1983 issue with fellow Playmates Kimberly McArthur and Kelly Tough. She was also featured in the December 1991 issue. [6]


Lorre soon made the transition to acting, working mostly on television on series as diverse as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1984), the syndicated version of Sale of the Century (1985–86), Cheers (1988), The Vineyard (1989), The X-Files (1995), Witter later appeared as Nemesis in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys , in the seventh episode "Pride Comes Before a Brawl" (1995). Sliders (1996), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1998), NYPD Blue (2000), Dharma & Greg (2000), and Malcolm in the Middle (2001).

Lorre was cast in the role of Tina Lord, previously played by Andrea Evans, [2] on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live , after "one of the most expansive [searches] in soap history", [1] beating out over 300 other hopefuls for the role. [2] Connie Passalacqua of Soap Scoop praised her casting in the role, saying it "added an actress with considerable dimension to the soap opera scene". [1] She played the part until 1994. [7] [8] She was nominated for a 1991 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer in Daytime.

Personal life

Lorre was married to television writer and producer Chuck Lorre in 2001, changing her name from Karen Witter to Karen Lorre. They divorced in 2010, and she kept Lorre's last name.

Published works

Karen Lorre (left) with Angela Lauria at launch of her first book, Chronic Pleasure, on December 13, 2018, in The Author's Castle, Virginia. Karen Lorre and Angela Lauria 2018-12-13.jpg
Karen Lorre (left) with Angela Lauria at launch of her first book, Chronic Pleasure, on December 13, 2018, in The Author's Castle, Virginia.

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  5. Freytag, Arny (March 1982). "Playmate Of The Month: Siren Of The Sea". Playboy . Vol. 29 no. 3. pp. 120–131.
  6. Harwood, Jim (December 1991). "Sex Stars 1991". Playboy . Vol. 38 no. 12. p. 182.
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