Karen Allen: The Girl Who Had Indiana Jones' Number, Then And Now

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Left: Karen Allen in 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' (1981). Right: Allen with Bill Murray in 'Scrooged' (1988). Source: IMDB

We met Karen Allen as the sweetheart, much-too-nice girlfriend of Boon in Animal House (1978), but it was really with Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) that audiences fell in love with her. In the Indiana Jones movies she was as cute as ever, but displayed a grit that suited her more than expected. Allen stood out in many other films -- including Cruising, (1980), Shoot The Moon (1982), Starman (1984), and Scrooged (1988) -- but she was at her unforgettable best as Marion, the take-charge woman with the girl-next-door good looks who goes shot for shot with a Nepalese drunk in Raiders.

No wonder Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones couldn't get over her.

The readers of Harper’s Bazaar voted Karen Allen one of the most beautiful women in the world in 1983. With her freckles, long brown hair, and big eyes, she specialized regular, believable characters, rather than glamorous roles. Karen Allen inspired many a crush, although she never seemed interested in the sex-symbol game.

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