Karen Steele Movies and Career Information

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Mar 20, 1931
Honolulu
Actor

Karen Steele (March 20, 1931 – March 12, 1988) was an American actress and model with over 60 roles in film and television. Her most famous roles include starring as Virginia in Marty, as Mrs Lane in Ride Lonesome and as Eve McHuron in the Star Trek episode Mudd's Women. Karen Steele was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Percy Davis Steele, a Bostonian of English descent and a career Marine who in 1956 was named assistant administrator of the Marshall Islands. Her mother was the former Ruth Covey Merritt, a Californian of French and Danish heritage. Childhood in the Hawaiian Islands brought Steele into contact with the Japanese and Polynesian languages as well as English. She attended the University of Hawaii and studied acting at Rollins College in Florida for a year. After that, she found work as a cover girl and model. Steele earned her first money by spearing baby sharks in the private cove on the estate of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. Steele's first acting job was in a radio play titled Let George Do It. She subsequently appeared in the 1953 films The Clown (in an uncredited role) and Man Crazy (as Marge). The following year she landed the role of Millie Darrow in "So False

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