Karen Lancaume

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Karen Lancaume
BornKaren Bach
(1973-01-19)January 19, 1973
Lyon, France
DiedJanuary 28, 2005(2005-01-28) (aged 32)
Paris, France
NationalityFrench
Other namesKaren Lancome, Karen Lancoume, Karen D., Caren, Lauren Del Rio, Karen Lancom, Karen Bach[1]
EthnicityCaucasian
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
 
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Karen Lancaume
BornKaren Bach
(1973-01-19)January 19, 1973
Lyon, France
DiedJanuary 28, 2005(2005-01-28) (aged 32)
Paris, France
NationalityFrench
Other namesKaren Lancome, Karen Lancoume, Karen D., Caren, Lauren Del Rio, Karen Lancom, Karen Bach[1]
EthnicityCaucasian
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]

Karen Lancaume (19 January 1973 – 28 January 2005) was a French pornographic film actress. She appeared in over 40 pornographic films between 1996 and 2002, all but one being on video.[1] She is best known internationally for her role as Nadine in the controversial 2000 film, Baise-moi, a mainstream film in which she performed unsimulated penetration and fellatio.

She was born Karen Bach in the suburbs of Lyon, France, into a wealthy family. Her father was French and her mother was of Moroccan origin. She spent her childhood in the Lyon countryside and completed her studies in communications.

She declared that she had her first sexual experience at the age of 17, just before embarking on her university course and that she worked weekends at a nightclub to pay for her studies. At the nightclub she met Franck Ceronne, the disc jockey, whom she married. The couple divorced in 1997.

She was a nominee for the Best French Actress Hot d'Or in 2000.[3][4] Her screen name is a pun on Lancôme.[citation needed]

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Career

In 1996, to escape their crippling debts, at Franck's suggestion, the couple began working as a couple in pornographic films.[5] In the film L'Indécente aux enfer (1997) she for the first time performed unsimulated sex scenes with other partners. The couple divorced shortly after. After their divorce, Franck quit the pornographic film industry but Karen continued to appear in pornographic films both in Europe and the United States. Lancaume's debut in the United States was in Private Gold 25 - When the Night Falls (Jorgen Wolf, 1997), a Private Media Group production in which Roberto Malone performs one of her first on screen anal penetrations and cum on her mouth. She later worked with European porn film directors, including Mario Salieri, Alain Payet and Luca Damiano, whose films highlighted oral and anal sex, double penetrations, lesbianism and orgies.

Her appearances alternated between the two continents, whether in the ranks of major producers like Elegant Angel, Wicked Pictures and Sin City, or to be under acclaimed directors like Marc Dorcel, Mario Salieri, Andrew Blake, Alain Payet, Alessandro Del Mar, Luca Damiano, and others.

She collaborated in Exhibitions (John B. Root, 1998), a pornographic film shot as a documentary on the porn scene, which combined interviews with the protagonists. Lancaume came to feel distaste for her work, even in an interview saying: "I was covered in spunk, wet, freezing to death and no one even offered me a towel. When the scene ends, you are worthless."

In 1999, she exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival and met Virginie Despentes, who was seeking actresses to perform explicit unsimulated sex in her first film Baise-moi (Fuck Me, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi, 2000). In addition to Lancaume, Raffaëla Anderson, another French porn actress, was also chosen. The controversial film is based on the novel by Virginie which narrates the encounter between Nadine (Karen) and Manu (Raffaëla) and her subsequent flight, transformed into a vengeance against society and the male gender. The director defines her debut as a feminist argument in the style of Thelma and Louise but with real sex scenes, rape and murder. With the scandal from the film came notoriety, and Raffaëla decided to use the pull to pursue a career in mainstream film while Karen started easing her workload compared to previous years and eventually abandoned the pornographic industry in 2002 after six years in the business.

Death

Lancaume committed suicide on 28 January 2005 by taking an overdose of temazepam in her boyfriend's apartment in Paris, France. She was 32.[5]

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