INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ALLEN
I saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in theatres many years after its initial release in 1981.
That is, of course, where it was meant to be experienced. A movie with that much scope and momentum could never be fully grasped or appreciated in one’s own living room. The delirium of the pace and those magnificent stunts genuinely need a wide canvas to work their magic to the fullest extent. Unfortunately, like nearly every person of my generation, I viewed it on television for the very first time.
MARION RAVENWOOD was a goddess to me. She was breathtakingly gorgeous in a very natural, accessible manner. She was thoroughly feminine and spirited, defiant, strong willed, tough as nails. As least as tough as Indy.
(I always wanted a white dress just like the one Belloq gave her. Haven’t found it yet…)
For the woman that played Marion (KAREN ALLEN), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was the definitive high point of her film career. She did well for herself during the next decade but never achieved the major stardom that many predicted for her. She appeared in films like SHOOT THE MOON (as ALBERT FINNEY’S mistress), STARMAN (with JEFF BRIDGES) and as Laura Wingfield in a PAUL NEWMAN directed version of THE GLASS MENAGERIE alongside JOANNE WOODWARD and JOHN MALKOVICH.
By the arrival of the 90s, she continued to work steadily but there was a considerable amount of television involved and the lead parts were more or less finished.
The last film role she had was four years ago, portraying NEVE CAMPBELL’S mother (God help me…) in the horrific When Will I Be Loved.
When word spread about INDY IV, it never occurred to me that Mr. Spielberg would find her and ask her to play Marion again. Apparently, she couldn’t believe it either. But she’s thrilled to be included…and I’m ecstatic that she’s in the picture. If I go (and I was planning to), she and JOHN HURT will be the only reasons.
EW spoke to Ms. Allen about what it’s like to be back working with HARRISON FORD on another chapter of the roller coaster INDIANA JONES saga.
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