Karen Hensel 411
BIRTHDATE: November 1
HOMETOWN: Ventura, CA
MARITAL STATUS: Wed to Carl Reggiardo YEARS ON SHOW: 1994-present (recurring)
Karen Hensel's father was in the Foreign Service, so as a child and teen she lived all over the world before settling back in California. After graduating with a degree in theater from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she began her career on stage.
Throughout the '80s and '90s, Hensel appeared on many prime-time series, including GROWING PAINS, MAMA'S FAMILY, L.A. LAW, MURPHY BROWN, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and ER.
In 1994, she joined Y&R in the recurring role of Sharon's wheelchair-bound mother, Doris. Because she's only on the show every so often, Hensel has had plenty of time to do outside projects, such as directing and acting in guest-starring roles. Still, her appearances as Doris have always been memorable, due to Hensel and Sharon Case's (Sharon) natural mother and daughter chemistry.