August 24, 1941 |
Omaha, Nebraska, US
||director, producer and actress
Karen Arthur (born August 24, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American film director, producer, and actress. She has directed two feature films, Lady Beware (1987) and The Mafu Cage (1978), but the majority of her work has been in television, where she has had a long and prolific career directing television movies and series. She was one of the first and best directors to master what is known as the "long take", especially in a series like Cagney & Lacey, where she often choreographed three minute scenes in one shot. In 1985, she was the first woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (for an episode of Cagney & Lacey).
She is currently a resident of the town of Springfield, Vermont.