Karina Lombard

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Karina Lombard
Karina Lombard Cabourg 2011.jpg
Lombard in 2011 at the Cabourg Film festival
BornKatrina Lombard
(1969-01-21) January 21, 1969 (age 45)
Tahiti, French Polynesia
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Karina Lombard
Karina Lombard Cabourg 2011.jpg
Lombard in 2011 at the Cabourg Film festival
BornKatrina Lombard
(1969-01-21) January 21, 1969 (age 45)
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Karina Lombard on Twitter

Karina Lombard (born January 21, 1969) is a Tahitian-American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as the manipulative Marina Ferrer on the Showtime series The L Word.

Early life[edit]

Karina Lombard was born on January 21, 1969 in Tahiti. Her mother, Nupuree Lightfoot, is a Native American medicine woman of the Lakota Nation and was an immigrant living in Tahiti. Her father, Henry Lombard, a banker, is a European aristocrat of Russian, Italian and Swiss descent. Lombard is a naturalized U.S. citizen but when she was a year old, her parents separated and her father took Karina and her four siblings, Helen, Inez, Charles and Denise, to live at his estate in Barcelona, Spain. She went on to attend a number of Swiss boarding schools, including in Lausanne, where she has said that "being a descendant of an American Indian meant being treated like a savage."

Over the years she gained proficiency in Spanish, English, Italian, French and German.[1] She came to New York when she was 18 and began modeling and studied acting.


Lombard's major break in modeling came about due to a Calvin Klein photo shoot with a Native American theme. One of her photographs was chosen to be a billboard ad. Her photographs appeared in Elle and Vogue.[1]

Her first film role was as a princess in L'île (The Island).[1] As an actress her first major film was Wide Sargasso Sea in 1993 followed by The Firm. She then went on to appear in the 1994 film Legends of the Fall, followed by Last Man Standing in 1996 alongside Bruce Willis.[1] In the 2000s she moved into television, appearing on the first season of The L Word and also in The 4400. She reprised her role as Marina Ferrer in the first episode of Season Four of The L Word and made one more brief appearance later that season as an actress auditioning for Jenny's film Lez Girls. Lombard also made a cameo appearance in the 2009 series finale.

Lombard portrayed the recurring character Geneviève on FX's Rescue Me.

Her theatre training and stage experience primarily comes from New York City's Gallery Theatre, the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Actors Studio. She has worked as a composer for the Cirque du Soleil and has done a photo shoot for Playboy magazine.[2]


1991Doors, TheThe DoorsWarhol Actress
1993Wide Sargasso SeaAntoinette Cosway
1993Firm, TheThe FirmYoung Woman on Beach
1994Legends of the FallIsabel Two
1996Last Man StandingFelina
1997Kull the ConquerorZareta
1998ExposéAmber Collins
2001GuardianKatherine Kross
2003DeceptionMargareth de Vries
2004Big KissLiz
2010Le fils à JoAlice Hamilton
1987L'îleIvoaTV miniseries
1998Early EditionSammia WattsEpisode: "Mum's the Word"
1998Violent Earth, TheThe Violent EarthAnna TemaruTV miniseries
1999Seventh Scroll, TheThe Seventh ScrollRoyanTV miniseries
2000Murder at the Cannes Film FestivalInspector Renee RenoTV movie
2004Dr. Vegas[2]Black Widow / Jessica RhodesEpisode: "All In"
2004–2009L Word, TheThe L Word[2]Marina Ferrer16 episodes
2005–20064400, TheThe 4400[2]Alana Mareva14 episodes
2007SecretsClaude PerkinsTV miniseries
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPippa SanchezEpisode: "A La Cart"
2009Rescue MeGeneviéve6 episodes
2011CSI: NYEva MartinezEpisode: "Holding Cell"
2012NCISMonique LissonEpisode: "The Missionary Position"


  1. ^ a b c d Brady, James (September 22, 1996), "In step with Karina Lombard", Parade Magazine: 14 
  2. ^ a b c d Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 12, 2005), "Karina Lombard on L Word, 4400 and Brad", TV Guide, retrieved 2011-11-23 

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