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Karen Hensel Bio

(Doris, Y&R)


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BIRTHDATE: November 1
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.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. Unlike her Y&R character, Hensel is not really in a wheelchair.
  2. Taught Shakespearean Theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Students included Jeremy Davies, Paul Rudd and Adam Scott.
  3. Has lived in Libya, Ethiopia, France, Australia and the Philippines.
  4. Is a director at South Coast Repertory.
  5. Is not the news anchor, Karen Hensel.
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Other Roles

Other Soap Roles
TITANS (Mrs. Cochran, 2000)
BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 (Sheila Silver's Doctor, 1995)
KNOTS LANDING (Bank Employee, 1990)

TV Roles
BIG LOVE (2011)
THE GUARDIAN (Judge Haring, 2002 and 2004)
THE PRACTICE (Juanita Marshall, 2003)
STRONG MEDICINE (Principal Washburn, 2003)
JUDGING AMY (Willa Maxwell, 2001)
FRASIER (Bethany, 2000)
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (Mrs. Potter, 1998-99)
ER (Keller, 1996)
MURDER SHE WROTE (Marie, the Maid, 1987; Deputy Mary Jo Rush, 1991; Technie, 1996)
HOPE & GLORIA (Magda, 1995 and 1996)
STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION (Admiral Brackett, 1991)

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