Karen Morrow
Karen Morrow
Karen Morrow guest stars on the series as Amanda Caswell, a wealthy widowed woman who marries Buddy Ryan, Harry's biological dad, in the Season 7 episode titled "For Love of Money"
General Actor Information
Gender: Female
Born: (1936-12-15) December 15, 1936 (age 82)
Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Actress, singer
Years active: 1958-present
Website/URL: Official website
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
"For Love or Money" (Season 7)
Appears as: Amanda Caswell

Karen Morrow (born December 15, 1936) appears on Night Court as Amanda Caswell, a wealthy widowed woman who marries Buddy Ryan, Harry's dad, soon after meeting him, in the Season 7 episode titled "For Love or Money". A singer and actress, Karen is best known for her work in musical theater. Her honors include an Emmy Award and a Theatre World Award, and an Ovation Award and five Drama-Logue Award nominations.


After attending Clark College in the late 1950's, Karen, who was born in Chicago, but raised in Des Moines, IA, and whose parents were opera singers, began teaching, all the while performing on stage on the side, before moving from her home state of Iowa to Manhattan. Her career there began with an appearance in the Off-Broadway show, Sing, Muse!, for which she won a 1962 Theatre World Award for her performance. She also played Luce in a 1963 revival of Rodgers & Hart's The Boys from Syracuse and a number of roles in City Center over the next five years, including The Most Happy Fella.


Her first Broadway production apperance, I Had a Ball, was with Buddy Hackett and Richard Kiley in December 1964. She would go on to appear in such productions as A Joyful Noise, I'm Solomon (1968), The Grass Harp (1971), The Selling of the President (1972). Her last Broadway performance to date has been in The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1987.

Karen's theatre work outside of New York City has included a national tour of the 1994 Broadway production Show Boat, where she played the part of Parthy, a 1967 revival of Die Fledermaus, It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver!, and as Sally Adams in 2000's Call Me Madam.


After moving to Southern California in the late 1960's, Karen began appearing on CBS-TV series The Jim Nabors Hour (1969-71), as well as on The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Match Game. She won an Emmy Award (with Nancy Dussault for the PBS program "Cabaret Tonight".

Other television appearnces which would follow were on Love, American Style, Starsky and Hutch, The Love Boat, Too Close for Comfort, Trapper John, M.D., Murder she Wrote, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She has also appeared in three TV movies: as Eve Wister in I Was a Mail Order Bride (1982), Martha Biggs in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) with Robert Reed and John Travolta, and Mrs. Turner in Cage Without a Key (1975).

Present career

A well sought after teacher/performer, Karen travels the U.S. conducting Master Classes for numerous Universities and Arts


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