Karen Duffy

Karen Duffy

Born: May 23, 1962
Age: 62
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
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Karen Duffy (born May 23, 1962) is an American model, television personality, and actress.


Early life

Duffy was born in New York City, the daughter of Carol, a homemaker, and Phil Duffy, a developer. She attended Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey, graduating in 1979. She received a bachelor's degree in recreational therapy from the University of Colorado.

Film and television career

By 1989, she was modeling and appearing in television commercials. She was a VJ for MTV in the early 1990s, under the name "Duff." She had small roles in a handful of films including Dumb and Dumber, and by 1995 she was working as a correspondent for documentary film-maker Michael Moore on his television shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth. She also modeled for Revlon.

In 2006 Duffy hosted House of Tiny Terrors on TLC. On July 7, 2007, she appeared on the Live Earth telecast on the Bravo Channel as a co-host at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States.

In 2008, Duffy began working with New York City's NYCTV through a series of emergency preparedness videos, based on the network's TV show, Secrets of New York. The videos, which mimic the style of Secrets of New York, are an attempt by City officials to raise awareness of the perils of natural disasters and preventative actions families should take to prepare for them.

Personal life

In 1995, Duffy was diagnosed with the relatively rare disease sarcoidosis. The disease affected her brain (neurosarcoidosis), leaving her partially paralyzed. She wrote about her affliction in the humorous 2000 autobiography Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass.

She married John Lambros in 1997. They have since had a son named Jack "Lefty" Lambros.


Year Film Role Notes
1991 McBain Crack Den Girl Film Debut
29th Street Maria Rios
1992 Malcolm X Sophia's Friend
1993 Who's the Man? Officer Day
Last Action Hero Herself
1994 Blank Check Shay Stanley
Reality Bites Elaina (Actress)
Dumb & Dumber J.P. Shay
1996 Memory Run Celeste/Josette
1997 Nothing Sacred Unknown Role
Fool's Paradise DJ
Meet Wally Sparks Reporter #3
1998 Celebrity TV Reporter at Premiere
1999 The 24 Hour Woman Margo Lynn
2002 A Smile Gone, But Where Woman
2004 Marmalade Karen
2006 Crafty Host TV Movie
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Linda Otter Voice
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Fade to Black Unknown Role Unknown episode(s)
1997 The Big Easy Wanda Fallon 1 episode
1999-2002 Pepper Ann Sketch Recurring Role


  • Karen Duffy. Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass. 2001. ISBN 0-06-095727-1.
  • Karen Duffy. A Slob in the Kitchen. 2004. ISBN 1-4000-5115-0.

Karen Duffy supports the following charitable causes: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Sarcoidosis.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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