'Raiders of the Lost Ark': This Karen Allen Today

Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in "Indiana Jones" 
August 12, 2019 - 09:46 / Clemens Fanger

Karen Allen had her big break in 1981, when she played "Marion Ravenwood" in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first film in the legendary Indiana Jones series, directed by Steven Spielberg. More than 38 years have passed since Raiders was released, but Karen Allen still looks fabulous.

In the 1981 adventure film written by George Lucas, Karen Allen (66) played bar owner "Marion Ravenwood", who also happened to be Harrison Ford's (75) love interest. After appearing in Cruising with Al Pacino the year before, Raiders was her big breakthrough and turned her into a household name worldwide.

Karen Allen: Her career after Indiana Jones

She went on to appear in numerous box office hits, such as Starman (1984), Scrooged (1988) and The Perfect Storm (2000), until coming full circle to star as Marion again in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, alongside her old co-star Harrison Ford.

Over the last few years, Karen has also directed several plays, including Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and short films such as A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. In early 2017 she was the lead in the film Year by the Sea. 

Karen Allen from "Indiana Jones" Today
Karen Allen Today

Karen Allen: "Marion Ravenwood" is still her favourite role 

Even today, thirty-eight years after Raiders first took cinemas by storm, "Marion" is still Allen's favourite role ever. "I really fell in love with this character while working on the film", the actress revealed in an interview with CNET. We’re certainly glad that the talented actress decided to play "Marion Ravenwood" again! And, who knows, we might even see her on the big screen again in 2020, when the next Indiana Jones film is set to be released.