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      Karen Arthur

      Karen Arthur

      Highest Rated: 63% Winning (1969)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Fall From Grace (1990)

      Birthday: Aug 24, 1941

      Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

      Few female directors have forged as lengthy a career in Hollywood as Karen Arthur, who has gone somewhat unnoticed, as the majority of her work has been done for television. Arthur originally began her career as a dancer, working extensively on the New York stage in the 1960s. She moved to Los Angeles and beginning in 1967, started appearing in small roles that capitalized on her good looks. She also began directing for the stage, and in 1974, she stopped acting to concentrate on a directing career. Her first film, 1975's "Legacy," was an experimental feminist feature, and 1978's "The Mafu Cage" was an off-beat psychological thriller, with Lee Grant and Carol Kane playing two disturbed sisters. In 1976, Arthur began directing for television, quickly finding work on larger budgeted TV-movies, mini-series, and episodic dramas. Arthur became known for a technique not often used in television: the "long take," in which the action is choreographed in a single camera shot. She used this technique on "Cagney & Lacey," winning an Emmy award for her direction in 1985. Arthur directed one more theatrical feature in the '80s -- the 1987 thriller "Lady Beware," starring Diane Lane -- but then turned her concentration to TV movies, including the controversial 1985 drama "The Rape of Richard Beck." She also specialized in celebrity docudramas, making films about The Jacksons, Jim & Tammy Faye Baker, and Woody Allen & Mia Farrow. She often works with her husband, cinematographer Tom Neuwirth.

      Highest rated movies

      Winning

      Photos

      WINNING, from left: Paul Newman, Karen Arthur, 1969

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 51% Moonlight and Mistletoe Director - 2008
      No Score Yet 68% The Christmas Blessing Director - 2005
      No Score Yet 62% The Locket Director - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Song of the Lark Director - 2001
      No Score Yet 58% The Lost Child Director - 2000
      No Score Yet 85% The Staircase Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Labor of Love Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey of the Heart Director - 1997
      No Score Yet 80% True Women Director - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet True Women Director - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story Director - 1995
      No Score Yet 67% Against Their Will: Women in Prison Director - 1994
      No Score Yet 33% The Disappearance of Christina Director - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Director - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bump in the Night Director - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow of a Doubt Director - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Bayou Director - 1990
      50% No Score Yet Fall From Grace Director - 1990
      No Score Yet 56% Bridge to Silence Director - 1989
      No Score Yet 60% Evil in Clear River Director - 1988
      No Score Yet 50% Lady Beware Director - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracked Up Director - 1987
      No Score Yet 71% The Rape of Richard Beck Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 56% A Bunny's Tale Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charleston Director - 1979
      No Score Yet 38% My Sister, My Love Director - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Legacy Director - 1975
      63% 48% Winning Miss Dairy Queen (Character) - 1969

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Director 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven Director 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Danielle Steel's Crossings Director 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey Director 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Director 1981-1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Margaret Bateman (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Samantha Moore (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967