Kari Wührer

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Kari Wührer
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Wührer in 2014
Born(1967-04-28) April 28, 1967 (age 47)
Brookfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesKari Wuhrer
Kari Wührer Salin
Kari Salin
Kari Salin-Wührer
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Salin (1995–1999)
James Scura (2003–present)
 
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Kari Wührer
Kari Wuhrer 2014.jpg
Wührer in 2014
Born(1967-04-28) April 28, 1967 (age 47)
Brookfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Other namesKari Wuhrer
Kari Wührer Salin
Kari Salin
Kari Salin-Wührer
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Salin (1995–1999)
James Scura (2003–present)

Kari Samantha Wührer (born April 28, 1967) is an American actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Wührer was born in Brookfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Karin (née Noble), a payroll accountant, and German American Andrew Wührer, a police officer and car salesman. She has three siblings. As a teenager, she sang in nightclubs, sneaking out of the family home to perform. She studied acting from the age of 13 at the Wooster School. She studied drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with famed teacher Uta Hagen.

Career[edit]

Wührer's first television break was MTV's Remote Control (1987).[1] She was a regular cast member of the television series Swamp Thing from 1991 to 1992. She also worked as a VJ on MTV during the same period. In 1993, she was a regular in the TV series Class of '96, where she played college student Robin Farr. From 1994 to 1995, she starred as Ariel Hunter in the long-running prime-time soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210.[2]

After appearing in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) and starring in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991), Wührer had a difficult time obtaining the serious film roles she studied for, allegedly due to her breast implants. She would eventually star in over a dozen straight-to-video sexploitation films, most notably Sex and the Other Man (1996), Kate's Addiction (1999), Poison (2001), and Spider's Web (2002). She also co-starred in a highly regarded but sexually charged Canadian art film entitled Vivid (1997).

Wührer once again came to mainstream fame in 1997 on the series Sliders[1] as Maggie Beckett, joining the cast as a regular and staying until the series ended in 2000. Later mainstream film roles include Thinner (1996), Anaconda (1997), Berserker (2001) and Eight Legged Freaks (2002).[1] Wührer is also known by gamers for her role as Tanya in Westwood Studios' RTS video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its subsequent expansion pack, Yuri's Revenge.[3]

Wührer more recently starred in the TV series Leverage, in a recurring role.[4] She signed a record deal with Rick Rubin and her debut album, Shiny, was released in 1999. In addition to her singing, she also wrote most of the songs on the album and played both the guitar and the flute on several tracks.

Wührer was later voted #76 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000, #73 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2001 and #36 in Maxim magazine's 50 Sexiest Women Countdown of 1999. She posed semi-nude in Playboy magazine in August 2000 as their Babe of the Month and earlier considered multiple offers to appear fully nude throughout 1998.[5][6][7][8] She was also #64 on Celebrity Skin's 100 Sexiest Stars of All Time and #4 in the Celebrity Nudity Database's Most Popular Actresses of 1999.[9]

Her breast implants encapsulated during the filming of Spider's Web, so she had them removed in 2002 at the age of 35.[10] She later wrote an article for the September 2002 issue of Glamour magazine about the insecurities that led her to get implants early in her career, and the sense of self-acceptance she acquired. After its publication, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and discussed the pressure she received from a prominent record producer to get the implants, during what she called "the era of the Video Vixen".

From February 3, 2005 through November 2005, Wührer joined the cast of the daytime soap opera General Hospital as FBI Agent Reese Marshall, the former love interest of mobster Sonny Corinthos and former best friend/rival of Carly Corinthos. Wührer's character died after suffering injuries in a train wreck. In January 2006, Wührer announced that she was suing General Hospital, claiming that she was fired because of her pregnancy.[11] The case was resolved in December 2006.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Fire with FireGloria
1990The Adventures of Ford FairlaneMelodi
1991Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of TimeJackie Trent
1994The PostgraduateJane Decue
1994BoulevardJennefer
1995Terminal JusticePamela TravisCredited as Kari Salin
1995Higher LearningClaudiaCredited as Kari Salin
1995SensationLila Reed
1995Sex & the Other ManJessica Hill
1995Beyond DesireRitaStraight-to-video
1995The Crossing GuardMia
1996ThinnerGina Lempke
1996An Occasional HellJeri Gillen
1997VividBillie ReynoldsCredited as Kari Salin
1997AnacondaDenise Kalberg
1997Red-Blooded American Girl IIMiyaCredited as Kari Salin
1997The Disappearance of Kevin JohnsonKristi Wilson
1997Touch MeMargot
1998The Undertaker's WeddingMaria
1998Kissing a FoolDara
1998Ivory TowerKaren Clay
1998PhoenixKatie Shuster
1999Kate's AddictionKate McGrath
2000Fatal ConflictSasha Burns
2000SandSandy
2000G-Men from HellMarete Morrisey
2000Kiss Tomorrow GoodbyeDarcy DavisTelevision film
2001BerserkerAnya / Brunhilda
2001Angels Don't Sleep HereDr. April Williams
2001PoisonAnn Stewart / Anna Johnson
2001The Medicine ShowGwendolyn
2002The Rose TechniqueKristi
2002Do It for Uncle MannyJenny Marsh
2002Killer LoveDanielle
2002Eight Legged FreaksSheriff Samantha Parker
2002MalevolentJessica Tarrant
2002Spider's WebLauren BishopExecutive producer
2003Final ExaminationJulie SeskaDirect-to-video
2003Death of a DynastySexy Woman #2
2003King of the AntsSusan Gatley
2003The Hitcher II: I've Been WaitingMaggieDirect-to-video
2005Hellraiser: DeaderAmy KleinDirect-to-video
2005The Prophecy: UprisingAllisonDirect-to-video
2005The Prophecy: ForsakenAllisonDirect-to-video
2007The Air I BreatheCorrespondent
2010Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsBlack Canary
Model Citizen
Uncredited
Direct-to-video
2012Alien TornadoGail CurtisTelevision film
2014Secrets of a PsychopathCatherine
2014Sharknado 2: The Second OneEllen BrodyTelevision film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Married... with ChildrenJoanie2 episodes
1991–1992Swamp Thing: The SeriesAbigail10 episodes
1993Class of '96Robin Farr17 episodes
1994–1995Beverly Hills, 90210Ariel Hunter3 episodes
1995The MarshalSherry Prairie1 episode
1997Nash BridgesCJEpisode: "Blackout"
1997–2000SlidersMaggie Beckett49 episodes
1998To Have & to HoldPaula2 episodes
2000Lip ServiceSunni
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTiffany LangerEpisode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2005General HospitalReese Marshall
2006CSI: MiamiJanet SterlingEpisode: "If Looks Could Kill"
2007–2008Lincoln HeightsKimberly Lund2 episodes
2008Stargate AtlantisNancy SheppardEpisode: "Outcast"
2010LeverageMiranda MilesEpisode: "The Reunion Job"
2010–2012Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesMaria HillVoice

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRole
2000Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2Special Agent Tanya Adams
2001Command & Conquer: Yuri's RevengeSpecial Agent Tanya Adams
2013Marvel HeroesMaria Hill

Awards[edit]

YearWorkAwardCategoryResult
2001Do It for Uncle MannyNew York International Independent Film and Video FestivalBest ActressWon

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