Karen Duffy

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Karen Duffy
Born(1962-05-23) May 23, 1962 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1991–present
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Karen Duffy
Born(1962-05-23) May 23, 1962 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1991–present

Karen Duffy (born May 23, 1962) is an American model, television personality, and actress.


Early life[edit]

Duffy was born in New York City, the daughter of Carol, a homemaker, and Phil Duffy, a developer.[1] She attended Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey, graduating in 1979. She received a bachelors degree in recreational therapy from the University of Colorado.

Film and television career[edit]

By 1989, she was modeling and appearing in television commercials and would become a VJ for MTV in the early 1990s as "Duff." Since then she has had small roles in a handful of films including Dumb & 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. In 2006 Duffy hosted House of Tiny Terrors on TLC.[2]

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 unique style of the network's Emmy-award winning series 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[edit]

Duffy was leading a relatively carefree youth in the heyday of her modeling career when in 1995 she was diagnosed with the relatively rare disease sarcoidosis. In her case, this affected her brain (neurosarcoidosis), leaving her partially paralyzed. She has so far battled it with a sense of humor, as is evident from her 2000 autobiography Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass.[3]

After the diagnosis she continued to model for Revlon and married John Lambros in 1997. They have since had a son named Jack "Lefty" Lambros.


1991McBainCrack Den GirlFilm Debut
29th StreetMaria Rios
1992Malcolm XSophia's Friend
1993Who's the Man?Officer Day
Last Action HeroHerself
1994Blank CheckShay Stanley
Reality BitesElaina (Actress)
Dumb & DumberJ.P. Shay
1996Memory RunCeleste/Josette
1997Nothing SacredUnknown Role
Fool's ParadiseDJ
Meet Wally SparksReporter #3
1998CelebrityTV Reporter at Premiere
1999The 24 Hour WomanMargo Lynn
2002A Smile Gone, But WhereWoman
2006CraftyHostTV Movie
2009Fantastic Mr. FoxLinda OtterVoice
1991Fade to BlackUnknown RoleUnknown episode(s)
1997The Big EasyWanda Fallon1 episode
19992002Pepper AnnSketchRecurring Role



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